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Butchers/Meat & Gourmet Markets in Central MA

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I just moved into the Worcester area and the two things I haven't found yet are a good butcher and a nice gourmet market.

As far as the butcher goes, I'm looking for someone that doesn't mind a custom cut or a special order. The gorcery stores don't cut it IMHO, especially when special requests are met with blank stares by the pimply 16 year olds behind the counter...

And for the market, I'm looking for someplace that is as likely to have a good Balsamic vinegar as it is artisan cheeses or maybe even pates.

The closest I've found is the Whole Foods Market stores in Framingham and Bellingham. Both are ok, but not places where I feel the clerk(s) will recognize a regular customer.

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  1. there is an italian market on shrewsbury st that has good meats and some italian specialties, don't know the name. ed hydersd market on highland? has good middle eastern foods and some oriental. there is also a vietnamese market on green st whose name i don't know.i'm not a local but venture there occassionally.

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    1. re: mike

      For butchers, try Emerald Meats on Chandler Street. Still looking for a good gourmet market myself. The Living Earth market carries a few things, but nothing like the cheese selection at Whole Foods. We need a Whole Foods, or the like, in Central Mass!

      1. re: mike

        For butchers, try Emerald Meats on Chandler Street. Still looking for a good gourmet market myself. The Living Earth market carries a few things, but nothing like the cheese selection at Whole Foods. We need a Whole Foods, or the like, in Central Mass!

      2. I have a friend who swears by Fairway Beef in Worcester....

        1. For a Butcher, I would highly recommend Tom at the Central St. Market in West Boylston. I don't know how convenient this would be for you, but Tom has owned the market for years and specializes in custom cut meats and special orders.
          In addition, Darby's Bakery is located in the same plaza and they offer delicious fresh baked breads, pastries and specialty desserts.

          1. While I personally have not used the butcher services, I know a lot of people who report that the butcher at Hadwen Park Market is the best around. It is located on the Auburn/Worcester line near the Hope Ave:290 Exit.

            256 Webster St
            Worcester, MA 01603
            (508) 754-0644

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            1. re: svenuti

              I go to Emerald Meats on Chandler Street, the meat is fantastic. The owner was the butcher at Hadwen Park Market a few years ago.

            2. Can't totally vouch for these two, but worth a try:
              Tom's International Deli, 118 Water St , Worcester, MA , (508) 755-7295

              Golemo's Market , 43 Millbury Street in Worcester.
              (Polish grocery store)