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MSP - Help me find a butcher!!

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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
            http://twincitiesfood.coop/locations/
            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.

            1. Hackenmuellers in Robbinsdale is a great meat market, there butchers are the best in town, try the beef rib eye, and the home smoked hams, they are my favs, but everything from there is great.

              1. Also worth a try is Hackenmueller Meats in Robbinsdale.
                4159 W Broadway Ave

                1. My family goes to Mackenthun's in St. Bonifacius. A real, bona-fide butcher. Good people. Call first to see if you can get specific cuts. Then get in the car and go! It's a ways out there, but worth the drive. They also have fantastic hotdogs, jerky, and hams that will make you forever scorn the ham-offerings of your local supermarket.

                  MACKENTHUN'S SAUSAGE & DELI St. Bonifacius MN 952 446-1234