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Dec 12, 2006 06:29 PM

Good butcher Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena?

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

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  1. 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. 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

        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

          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.

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

        1. 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

            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

              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

                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.

              2. 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

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

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    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.