- laura Mar 12, 2004 12:47 PM
we like to grill our own steaks HOWEVER, we cannot find a decent cut of meat at any of our local grocers!!! we live in the heart of Buckhead and can travel up to 30 miles to find a good butcher.
Yesterday I purchased sirloin flap meat (great for grilled sliced steak) at Carneceria Jalisco for a buck less a pound (3.99) than at Cosco.
The carneceria labels it 'Fajitas'. So you can just ask for Fajitas Entero (the whole piece). Ask them to remove the fat and silver skin. The managers are multilingual, the counterstaff good natured but not universally fluent in English.
Tip came from a manager at my local Publix (Spalding west of Holcomb Bridge)--one of the few real trained professional butchers I have encountered in the last 15 years. Sadly, he can only stock the meat that sells, so the selection there is typically supermarket limited. But he willingly does a lot of special stuff whenever I ask, and this tip re Jalisco was a good one.
Supermarket Jalisco has 3 stores--Norcross (Beaver Ruin just NW of Indian Trail), Lawrenceville Hwy and Smyra (Jonquil Plaza).
If you do find a 'real' butcher, I'd love to hear about it too. Doesn't seems like a business able to thrive in our auto/mall/superstore centric hometown, though.
Never been but someday will try Shields Meat Market. I recall reading somewhere on the 'net that it's a multi-generation butcher. The below URL is to a previous Chowhound posting about it. Here's another page about them that google turned up:
The New Yorker Deli on Pharr still carries premium meats from when it was Harold's Meat Market. I cooked a prime standing rib roast from there that was one of the best pieces of meat I've ever eaten. They also have pork and d'artagan products, as well as some seafood.
There is also a butcher in Decatur though I can't remember the name...The original location was downtown but I believe they moved up to the Emory area.