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Butcher in Metro West

heatherfields Jan 28, 2008 07:05 AM

Hi there,
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good butcher in the metro west area.

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    ofd Jan 28, 2008 03:12 PM

    Dover Market in Dover Center has a butcher and excellent quality meats. Also, Whole Foods in Framingham has a large variety of meat, all top quality and everything is wrapped in paper, not plastic.

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      pemma Jan 28, 2008 11:52 AM

      I've driven by The Meat Spot on Mt. Auburn in Watertown Square a million times but have never been in there. Maybe someone here has some experience with them and can tell us more about them.

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        emilief Jan 28, 2008 10:41 AM

        Dewars is excellent. However, I do suggest that you call ahead to order what you want. I find it surprising that there are things they do not have unless ordered. E.g. I always order a pork shoulder (aka Boston Butt) as they do not have them in the shop and you need to call a day or two ahead. Also, chicken cutlets since it takes alot of time to pound them. Also, if you want your meat cryovaced you need to ask them to do it. Sometimes, but not always, they will ask you.

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          Bighead Jan 28, 2008 10:48 AM

          Dewars is the best and my personal favorite. no more triops to newton centre is even better. if you're on the outter rim of metro west, the meatcutter on rt 109 in millis always had some good stuff when we lived out that way.

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          LStaff Jan 28, 2008 09:05 AM

          Anyone know of a decent butcher in the Waltham area? The meat departments in the area's supermarkets are quite sad. Never had a problem getting decent meat in the local chain supermarkets out in the Concord/Acton area, but the only options around here are Shaw's or Stop n shop which are really lacking in quality, freshness, and selection.

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            Blumie Jan 28, 2008 09:20 AM

            Costco, for decent quality, inexpensive meat. Or make the easy drive to Dewar in Newton Centre for top quality, expensive meat.

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              alt11 Jan 28, 2008 09:54 AM

              The Hannaford on Main Street in Waltham has an actual meat counter with butchers that are quite knowledgable.

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                trufflehound Jan 28, 2008 01:36 PM

                Hannafords has their prepackaged stuff. And, the butcher counter has likely the same meat, at least it's cut better. Double thick chops, rolled roasts, etc.

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              Westy Jan 28, 2008 08:48 AM

              Further West (Northboro) has O' Driscoll's. Not up to Dewar's in quality, but not in price, either.

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                joebelt Jan 28, 2008 08:50 AM

                What are the prices like at Dewar? Can you give some examples? is it more than WF?

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                  Blumie Jan 28, 2008 09:01 AM

                  I can't give specific examples, but I believe they are more expensive than WF. But their quality is better too. FWIW, they also have a substantial wholesale business, supplying the top restaurants in Boston (maybe even Mamma Maria ; ) ).

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                Blumie Jan 28, 2008 07:30 AM

                John Dewar, in Newton Centre and Wellesley. The best (and most expensive) around.

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                  heatherfields Jan 28, 2008 07:43 AM

                  Thank you! I checked out the Web site and their selection looks terrific.

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