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Meat market/butcher in Center City?

Hey everyone. We've just moved into town and I'm looking for a good meat market or butcher in Center City. We live in the Fairmount area and have a car, so we can travel if we need to, but it would be nice to find something relatively close. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. Reading Terminal and/or Italian Market have many to choose from

    1. In the Reading Terminal Market (12th & Arch), I highly recommend Harry Ochs. If you haven't checked out the RTM yet, I highly recommend that you do, not only for excellent meat, but terrific produce, fish, chicken, etc. and lots of great prepared foods and an all-around terrific Philly shopping experience.

      The Italian Market (9th St.) also has several different butchers, all with different strong points. Take a walk down there and check them out.

      Closest to you is the Whole Foods in Fairmount, which has a pretty decent meat counter.

      Welcome to Philly!

      1. I also live in Fairmount, and wish I had a better selection of meat markets from which to choose. I sometimes go to Best Value Kosher Market in the NE where I used to live, to buy something called a sable roast, but also frozen buffalo rib eye, that is quite wonderful.

        The meat department in Kleins, where I live, in the 2400 Block of Fairmount doesn't carry every cut, but they will grind to my specification, and will special order at times for me. They are very accomodating, but you have to ask.

        Trader Joes has a very limited selection of fresh meat, but what they have it quite good.

        1. Harry Ochs at the Reading Terminal has excellent prime meats. They will also do special preparations such as stuffed flank steak etc.

          1. DiBruno's is about to open a specialty butcher shop on 18th Street between Sansom and Chestnut. It will be in the space they used to occupy before expanding to their new location on the 1800 block of Chestnut. I do not know when it will open, but it won't be long. No news on their website, which is http://www.dibruno.com/.

            1. Esposito's in the Italian Market is my butcher of choice as well as many of the restaurants down there. Clean, fair prices, and good meats.

              1. Lombardi's Prime Meats at 18th and Packer Ave is convenient off the Schuylkill X-way, family O&O, cuts to order. Also close by is Termini's and Pastificcio for cannolis and homemade pasta.

                1. If you can try Altomonte's Italian Market ( in suburbs) they still have aged hanging beef I find that there is big difference. www.altomontes.com

                  1. For special meats, D'Angelo's in the Italian Market is fab. I've twice gotten aged veal rib chops there that were transcendent. He's got your wagyu beef, your wild boar, etc. And he does his own prosciutto, guanciale, pancetta. Not to mention sausages.

                    1. Has anyone ever been to the cute Halal butcher at 24th and Lombard? Thank you.