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Good butcher Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena?

artfxca Dec 12, 2006 06:29 PM

Coming to LA to cook Christmas dinner for the family and need a big, butterflied pork roast. Any suggestions?

  1. Will Owen Dec 12, 2006 06:41 PM

    How's (San Marino), Bristol Farms (South Pasadena) or Whole Foods (there's a big one in Glendale) would be my choices, in that order. I would expect the pricing to follow the same order inversely; How's meat is often remarkably inexpensive for what you get.

    1. ipsedixit Dec 12, 2006 06:44 PM

      Try Alexander's Prime Meats inside of HOWIE'S MARKET in San Gabriel.

      Howie's Ranch Market
      6580 North San Gabriel Blvd
      San Gabriel
      (626) 286-8871

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        artfxca Dec 26, 2006 06:13 PM

        Thank you!Thank you! We used Alexander's Meats in Howie's Ranch market and had a fabulous roast! Everyone enjoyed it and it made the holiday special. Whenever we are in LA again and I am cooking, we'll trust their meats. It was a great recommendation!

        1. re: artfxca
          ipsedixit Dec 26, 2006 06:18 PM

          Great to hear it worked out.

          It's a nice little gem tucked away in what can only be described as a "glorified mini-mart" LOL.

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        jeffro Dec 12, 2006 07:57 PM

        Hugely Second that. Great guys and great product, especially their pork.

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          orgidie Dec 12, 2006 09:06 PM

          How about just west of there? I'm over in the Pomona/Claremont area and would love to know of any good butchers a little closer to home.

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          1. re: orgidie
            Jack Flash Dec 12, 2006 09:45 PM

            You mean EAST, not west, I assume. There's a little market on the south side of Foothill, between Towne and Indian Hill, and I think it's called Wolfe's Market. Anyway, there's a butcher shop inside. I know that they sell prime meats there. I've never purchased them, but the one time I was there the stuff in the butcher's case looked nice - marbled meats, thick steaks, etc. The prices were not cheap, but didn't seem out of line for an independent butcher shop.

            1. re: orgidie
              DanaB Dec 12, 2006 09:52 PM

              Check out Taylor's Meat Market in Sierra Madre. Per mapquest, it's about 20 miles from Claremont. I got a prime rib roast there for Christmas a couple of years ago, and it was absolutely delicious.

              Taylor's Ol Fashioned Meat Market
              14 E Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA, United States
              Phone: (626) 355-8267

              1. re: orgidie
                marcpsf Dec 7, 2007 11:24 AM

                There is always Sprouts, which is a larger organic grocery at Mountain and Foothill in Claremont. Not huge meat market, but better quality than most others in the area.

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                GVDub Dec 12, 2006 11:35 PM

                I don't remember the name of it, but there's a great little market with a fine butcher counter in Burbank, on Magnolia right across from Full 'o' Life just west of Buena Vista. I highly recommend them, as everything cut I've gotten there has been excellent.

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                1. re: GVDub
                  Das Ubergeek Dec 27, 2006 11:04 PM

                  That's the Handy Market, corner of Magnolia and Buena Vista.

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                    meamhungry Jan 2, 2007 05:27 PM

                    What is it that they barbecue outside? They had the grills smoking outside and there was a line of at least 20 people there. Gotta try it.

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                  thewaz Dec 12, 2006 11:43 PM

                  Also try Schreiner's in Montrose, just north of Glendale. It's a traditional German deli...while you're there, pick up some of their house-made brats and breakfast sausage. Yummy!

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                  1. re: thewaz
                    Das Ubergeek Dec 27, 2006 11:04 PM

                    They do sell various cuts of beef and pork as well as sausages and charcuterie.

                  2. Tom P Dec 13, 2006 09:41 AM

                    Harmony Farms in La Canada, just up the 2 freeway on Foothill. Call before you go, they do just about anything humanely possible to get what you need.

                    Also, the butchers at Whole Foods in Glendale have been excellent.

                    Harmony Farms, (818) 248-3068, 2824 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta, CA 91214

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                    1. re: Tom P
                      mbh65 Dec 7, 2007 03:40 PM

                      I second Harmony Farms. Sonny is AWESOME!

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                      orgidie Dec 13, 2006 04:43 PM

                      Yes, East not West! I'm a recent transplant from the other coast and I still have my compass points mixed up.

                      Moving away from the coast is not West here. Someday I'll remember.


                      1. jimverbose Dec 31, 2006 07:49 PM

                        Just have to second Taylor's and Howie's both. Great butchers -- I've gotten great advice at both places (even when the suggestion meant spending less).

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                        1. re: jimverbose
                          Fru Dec 7, 2007 12:12 PM

                          Agree with all of the above but wanted to include Gelson's as well.

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