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Feb 8, 2008 04:00 PM

MSP - Help me find a butcher!!

Hi All,

I am in need of a good butcher - the catch is that they need to be able to go in the back and cut me up some meat - not just have a bunch of vacuum-packed meats in the meatlocker (a rarity nowadays). Special order is annoying and I'd love to avoid it if at all possible.

Specifically, I need to be able to get Beef Brisket POINTS, not FLATS (which are the only thing I can find in TC thus far), and pork bellies. Not your normal everyday cuts, I know - but that's why I'm asking!

I've tried:

All the chain groceries (Byerly's, Cub, Rainbow, Kowalski's)
Von Hanson's

...any help is appreciated!

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  1. In Minneapolis: Clancey's Meats & Fish
    4307 Upton Ave S
    (612) 926-0222

    In St. Paul: Widmer's Supermarket
    1936 Saint Clair Ave
    (651) 699-4700

    1. Also in Minneapolis is Ready Meats
      3550 Johnson St NE
      Minneapolis, MN 55418
      Phone: (612) 789-2484

      I can personally attest to the pork belly. Good, friendly, local, reliable, and accommodating.

      1. Thanks! I've been wondering about this, cause I moved to the MSP area from Ann Arbor, MI, and good meat and produce in that much smaller area was very easy to find. Seems more like a quest around MSP.

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        1. re: elrushbo

          Very happy to find this thread. Can anyone tell me whether any of the places listed, or any others in MSP (particularly South Minneapolis), specialize in:

          - Organic / grass-fed / free-range meast?
          - USDA Prime beef?
          - Lamb?

          1. re: prindleeric

            try clancey's (above) for local, grass-fed, artisanal, charcuterie

            any of the co-ops for organic & free-range meat, poultry, lamb
            the wedge in particular has a good sustainable butcher counter

            i believe you can generally get usda prime at the counter at lund's

            ready meats (ne), everett's (s mpls), & mike's in st paul are good regular butchers that should do custom orders & cuts.

            1. re: soupkitten

              Thanks! I just checked out Clancey's, and it is definitely what I was looking for. I normally shop at The Wedge, but their selection is a bit thin, and I feel like at least some of their meat has been frozen. (Could be wrong.)

              1. re: prindleeric

                yes some of the meat & poultry from smaller farmer-producers will have been flash-frozen. you can sometimes get never-frozen sustainable meats at the farmers markets in summertime, or put in a special order, but it's erratic.

        2. Everett's Foods & Meats 1833 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, 612.729.6629. I have always gotten what I wanted from them. Some times I had to order it but it was worth the wait.

          1. thanks all!! I'll give these places a shot.