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MSP - Help me find a butcher!!

dombey Feb 8, 2008 04:00 PM

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!

  1. cleanyerplate Mar 6, 2008 08:27 AM

    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

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      jim n Feb 10, 2008 01:26 PM

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

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        cookkevin Feb 10, 2008 01:25 PM

        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.

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          dombey Feb 9, 2008 03:35 PM

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

          1. ibew292 Feb 9, 2008 06:16 AM

            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.

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              elrushbo Feb 9, 2008 05:12 AM

              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
                prindleeric Mar 6, 2008 08:06 AM

                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
                  soupkitten Mar 6, 2008 08:23 AM

                  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
                    prindleeric Mar 6, 2008 10:00 AM

                    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
                      soupkitten Mar 6, 2008 10:17 AM

                      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.

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                AGallagh Feb 9, 2008 04:07 AM

                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. mcgeary Feb 8, 2008 04:06 PM

                  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

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