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[msp] butcher shop/local meat/etc

cate.acer Feb 27, 2008 10:57 AM

(now that i'm through giggling about the phrase "local meat...")

i have been adrift about this topic since i moved out of loring park and johnson meats closed down. i usually get decent-enough stuff from kowalski's or lund's or even cub on occasion, but i miss having a proper butcher shop!

i know there have to be good spots for high-quality meat--even, maybe, some locally produced stuff--but i don't know where!

help a carnivoress out, folks!

oh, and if it helps, i'm in northeast minneapolis now--which seems like JUST the neighborhood for such a thing--but i am willing to make a trip for such a luxury.

thanks!

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  1. bob s RE: cate.acer Feb 27, 2008 11:10 AM

    Hey cate:

    I'd recommend looking at these recent posts:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/401288
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/487777
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/458637
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/439944
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/432852

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      liesel RE: cate.acer Mar 1, 2008 09:41 AM

      You could try Von Hansen's- multiple locations around town. Otherwise, Widmer's Supermarket in St. Paul has a great meat counter. Widmer's is on the corner of St. Clair and Prior (just up the block from the Groveland Tap).

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        cookkevin RE: cate.acer Mar 2, 2008 09:10 AM

        Hackenmueller Meats in Robbinsdale, and its not far from NE, they have a fleet of great butchers, and all there meats are great.

        1. autmommy RE: cate.acer Mar 2, 2008 08:15 PM

          Don't need to go all the way to Robbinsdale when there's Ready Meats on Johnson & 36th in NE.

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          Ready Meats
          3550 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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            soupkitten RE: autmommy Mar 4, 2008 09:37 AM

            i'd go to ready meats if i lived in northeast. for high end, local stuff clancy's can't be beat, but it's pricier & further away.

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            jmsong31 RE: cate.acer Mar 3, 2008 09:24 AM

            Try Everett's. The best ribeyes in the Twin Cities!

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            Everett's Foods
            1833 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN

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              BigE RE: cate.acer Mar 4, 2008 09:35 AM

              Personally, I go to Von Hansons. Sure, they might not be your classic butcher shop, but their prices are almost always better and the meat quality is phenomenal.

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                shinmn RE: cate.acer Mar 4, 2008 03:06 PM

                Thousand Hills Cattle has piqued my interest as I had some outstanding samples at the Convention Center a week or so back.

                From their website it looks like you can hoof it to any number of retail locations, get deliveries via SimonDelivers or order direct.

                http://www.thousandhillscattleco.com/locations.php

                Has anyone ordered direct? I'd be interest in hearing about the experience and what you thought of the product.

                http://www.thousandhillscattleco.com/...

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                  soupkitten RE: shinmn Mar 5, 2008 08:39 AM

                  i would endorse any of thousand hills' products, they are ime stellar. the cuts are available at the co-ops and are featured on menus of a lot of the local restaurants that have more local sourcing. grass-fed beef needs a "lighter" hand when cooking (less time on high heat). i haven't personally ordered direct from them, though.

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                  tasmonia RE: cate.acer Mar 5, 2008 12:26 PM

                  Since you're in NE, Ready Meats will be the closest, but if you're up for a drive, I'd recommend the Anoka Meat market. I like their products better than Ready's and they have better selection of smoked meats and beef sticks. I don't know how much or their meat is pasture-raised or local, but they do have some kind of Amish chickens which I think are great. http://anokameats.com/

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                  Anoka Meat and Sausage
                  478 West Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303

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