Kosher/Halal Butchers? (center city/NW philly)
Figured I'd write in, in case anyone searches this later.
I went to the place at 23rd and south.
Not totally impressed. The place just didn't seem as clean as I'd have liked. Strong smell of ammonia, but just looked like that was covering over some less-than-idea habits. This is more about the floor and the general area than the part that actually had the meat, but still not a good sign.
The meat I bought - Lamb shoulder - looked good.
When I cooked it up (braise), it wound up a bit tough, but I can't place all the blame on the meat. I'm no expert at cooking it, and I had a bunch of other dishes going (as well as dinner guests arriving), so I couldn't give it the attention it deserved.
There is a cute little Halal butcher at I believe 23rd and South.
There is no kosher butcher in Center City. The most convenient one I believe is the Kosher Experience inside the Shop Rite in Cherry Hill. They have lamb shoulder, but it's best to call and special order it. Thank you.