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best Providence-area butcher

foxy fairy Nov 27, 2007 11:02 AM

I'd like to know what's out there for a good butcher, and one who will quarter my chickens for me (recovering vegetarian, just starting to cook with whole birds, not ready to hack yet) and get me stuff like chicken necks, backs for stock. Here's what I've explored so far:

I really like Jerusalem Meat Market in Rolfe Square, Cranston -- great kosher meat, very friendly, good prices.

Any opinions on the carnicería on Gano? They wanted nearly two bucks a pound for chicken necks! Ummmm - what? Even at Whole Foods they only charged a buck a pound!

The international foods store on Hope (near Seven Stars) has a great selection of farmers' cheese and various deli meats, but doesn't carry whole chickens.

I think the butchers at Whole Foods might hack one up for me... they did order chicken backs for me so I could make stock.

I really like the butchers at Belmont, but I'm looking for other Providence-area stuff.

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    Frobisher Nov 27, 2007 12:00 PM

    I would consider Shore's in North Providence on Mineral Spring. I've never asked them to butcher a chicken for me, but I often get loins of beef which they happily slice in steaks of requested thickness. My guess is that they would be obliging.

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      GabachaYucateca Nov 27, 2007 05:02 PM

      I know several people who go batty for Armando's meats in downtown Pawtucket. I haven't tried it because I'm too lazy to visit more than one place for food, but people rave about the prices and selection and it's always hoppin'. My husband is just about to pitch a fit because he thinks no one will hack up a chicken for him in this country.

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        jandj Nov 28, 2007 08:25 AM

        Did you try Antonelli's in DePasquale Square on Federal Hill? They will do it for you. Chickens are fresh-killed.

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          cajuntoast Nov 28, 2007 12:25 PM

          Antonelli's is really an experience...last year I even bought a rabbit there. Though if you're a recovering vegetarian, be warned that when you get it, the bag is still warm...

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          basachs Nov 28, 2007 09:57 AM

          The Jerusalem meat market metnion caught my eye, did not know there was a kosher butcher in the area. Jerusalem is not kosher, it is a halal butcher. Big difference. Just wanted to point that out.

          I like the butcher shop at Eastside Marketplace, and WF will definitely hack a chicken for you.

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          1. re: basachs
            foxy fairy Nov 28, 2007 02:32 PM

            Oh -- I didn't realize. A friend described it to me as "the kosher butcher in Rolfe Square" so I just assumed and when I googled "kosher butcher" that one popped up... hmm. Halal butchers serve the Muslim community, right? Anyway, I was there again today, and I also got some yummy-looking orange blossom honey.

            1. re: foxy fairy
              sashimi73 Dec 21, 2007 10:33 AM

              East Side Market usually has quartered whole chickens on display, already wrapped.

          2. ccferg Dec 21, 2007 02:53 PM

            You'd be surprised at what I get the butcher at Stop and Shop to do for me. He's pretty accommodating.

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              foxy fairy Dec 21, 2007 04:35 PM

              Which S and S??? :)

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                ccferg Dec 22, 2007 06:27 AM

                It's the one on Newport Ave. If they're not too busy, I've found them to be helpful, but I've probably never asked them to do anything too unusual. If it's something that will take a little time, I'll call in the order.

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              bpmason Dec 23, 2007 01:41 PM

              Antonelli's for poultry. The smell may put you back on the wagon though.

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