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Feb 10, 2007 10:19 PM

Need a good butcher

OK, I am ready to relieve myself of my quasi-vegetarian tendencies and embrace high-quality meat again. I am interested mainly in poultry and beef. I have heard that there is such a thing as "humane veal" and might be interested in exploring this as well. I am willing and eager to form a relationship with a butcher to obtain such products as: beef short ribs, poultry cut to specification (i.e. backs, bones for broth, thighs for braising), squab, duck. Where do I go? I am aware only of some decent butchers at the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax, but any other ideas would be appreciated. By the way, where the heck do you buy beef briscuit?

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  1. I can only speak from a Westside perspective, but I've had great luck with Victor's on National Blvd. in Culver City. The Farms on Montana around 21st. in Santa Monica is great, but not cheap.

    1. I am also looking for a good butcher. Does anyone have any recommendation around Brentwood area?

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      1. re: Ashibi

        Vicente Foods at San Vicente and Bundy in Brentwood has some great butchers who are very accommodating. They'll tie those Osso Buccos, take the sausages out of the casings and will cut anything to order. They'll even clean and rinse out the whole chickens and turkeys if you ask them. Very friendly (not cheap) service. Simply outstanding in very way!!

      2. You can buy brisket just about anywhere. The key is don't let em trim off the fat cap--you want those juices from the fat to keep the meat tender and moist.

        1. Here is link to a recent thread that has a terrific reply with a list, (including addresses and phone numbers - thank you Sugar Jones!) of many of the top butchers in Los Angeles.

          1. For the other side of town....

            Taylor's in How's Market at Huntington and San Gabriel in Pasadena, (626) 355-3344. There's also Alexanders (?) Meats in the Howies Market (not How's, Howies is correct) on San Gabriel and Duarte in San Marino/Pasadena boundary (626) 286-8871. I used to frequent the Taylor's that was in the now-defunct Howies branch up in Sierra Madre- think it's the same folks. Taylor's has been in the Pasadena area since the 1960's. Both of them carry USDA Prime, including brisket but I'd call in advance to be sure.

            Most definitely agree with mc michael's tip, and I generally have them do the trimming for me. While I've been told that the brisket fat does not really render, it is absolutely necessary or the meat will be dry and worthless to everyone but the dog. Tell them you want as 1/4" fat cap, and to take away as much knob as possible.

            Linda Rosa Market in Pasadena has good marinated carne asada and marinated chicken -easy pickins' for tailgate parties.

            My 2 cents on others - the meat market at the Farmer's Market, Marconda's, is good with personable helpful butchers (e.g., recs on cooking times/temps). Vicente Foods in Brentwood is consistent and reliable quality but prepare for sticker shock.