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Are there any "old school" butchers left in this town?

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  1. I think there is one in Palms? Sorry I can't be more specific but I've heard my friends talking about one before.

    1. Here's a link to an L.A. Times article that pretty well lists them all. My fave is Harvey's Gus. But, be mindful of the ordering protocol.

      http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        The best, really absolute best, steaks I've ever had were dry aged prime New York strips from Harvey's Gus, pressed into kosher salt and fresh cracked ground pepper, and cooked over very hot oak charcoal. Meat ambrosia, I tell you.

        (I have to say, however, that I sometimes hesitate to recommend Harvey's Gus to folks looking for a general purpose butcher, cause it's really not a hold your hand, explain about this cut versus that cut, general purpose sort of place. You need to know exactly what you want, preferably well in advance.)

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Call at 24-36 hours in advance. Be specific and don't waste their time. Chat nicely with Gus when you pick up your meat, if he is in the mood. Or, to quote Mr. JudiAU, "don't screw it up for the rest of us."

        1. Thank's, it's a great start

          1. There are about four of them who work at Marconda's at the farmer's market. Mike, Dave, Louis and Martin are all great. The best part is they outstanding meat, as often attested to on this board, which is significantly less than a high end supermarket.

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            1. re: Paliman

              I will drive there from Pasadena just for their amazing 1" thick pork steaks. I bought a 12v fridge for the car mostly for that...

              1. re: Paliman

                I second the recommendation for Marconda's. Every piece of meat I have ever gotten there is just fantastic! And they are nice about talking to you about what you want. Also, those refrigerated bags that you can buy at the market keep food cold in the car for about 2 hours unless it is REALLY HOT (I wouldn't have trusted them last week) for those of you who haven't gotten around to buying a car refrigerator (!)

                1. re: Paliman

                  Agree with Marconda's. Order in advance and they will dry age for you.

                2. In Costa Mesa there is a great butcher on 17th Street called Celestino's. They also make their own jerky that is the best I have ever had.