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butcher recommendation in pittsburgh?

Dear Chowhounders,

Can anyone recommend a butcher in Pittsburgh? Someone who can reliably provide excellent quality and reasonable prices both in general and for unusual items that might be difficult to find in markets (sweetbreads, veal cheeks, marrow bones, etc.)?



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  1. Not sure how far you're willing to drive, but give George Cheplic a call - 724-348-7094. Ask if he can arrange for what you want in advance.


    1. Not a butcher shop like used to be, but you could see what Wholey's has to offer.

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      1. re: yayadave

        The past few times I've been to Wholey's, it stunk to high heaven like rotting meat.

      2. McGinnis on Rt 88 is a great butcher. The meat is expensive, but worth it.

        1. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04309/...

          This is an article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette 2004 about the best butchers in town.

          1. We shop at our neighborhood butcher, Tom Friday's on California Ave. in Brighton Heights. They are truly old school. We get marrow bones for our dogs there, and they are willing to give out tastes of the meat and talk to you about where it comes from. I am guessing if you need beef cheeks or the like they will find a way to get them for you. Their sausages are very good, too.

            1. I also shop at Tom Friday's. Love the butter steaks.

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              1. re: jalex

                I've been to Tom Friday's, McGinnis Sisters in Brentwood, and Hamm's in Spring Hill- depends on who is close to your neighborhood.

                These guys should all be able to help you for a reasonable price.

              2. Salem's on Bouqet in Oakland is an excellent butcher. They're Halal, so no pork, but their beef, lamb, and goat are wonderful (cheap and local, too).

                I just had a leg of lamb from them for Thanksgiving. Everybody raved about it.

                1. I buy almost all my meat at McGinnis Sisters in Monroeville. The prices are reasonable if you shop the specials, they do special orders, and they have Amish chicken and turkeys. They grind their own beef and the regular (85-15) is just right for burgers on the grill, juicy but not too greasy.

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                  1. re: beckyleeprice

                    Just a note, if you are in the city there is another McGinnis Sisters on rt. 51 near Brentwood. A little pricy, but very good quality, just like the one in Monroeville.


                  2. there is eppingers in evans city they are really good and kipps in carnaige is good also

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                    1. re: cdubb14

                      Your information is a little thin, here. Care to fill it out a bit?