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Best Butchers/Fish Mongers in SE Michigan

I am looking for a better Butcher and Fish Monger. My taste are more expensive than my local butchers fair. I am interested in other places for good cuts of meat and fish. Please help...looking for a good brisket for the weekend.

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  1. Papa Joe's!!!
    There's one in Birmingham and one in Rochester.

    1. In Ann Arbor: Monoghan's for seafood, Sparrow Mkt. and Knight's Market for cuts of meat. Monoghan's and Sparrow are in Kerrytown, Knight's is on the corner of Miller and Spring (I believe). These shops are truly wonderful.

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      1. re: Summerfield

        Ditto Summerfield! Monaghans and Sparrow are the bomb! I like Knights, too, but it is difficult for people to find and the hours aren't convenient. There is no sign out front - look for the building with chess pieces on it. They aren't open on Sundays, or very late on weekdays either.

        1. re: Summerfield

          I just moved here from NYC/LI, and have been looking for a fish monger. I was shocked at the prices being charged at Monoghan's. They are charging almost double what I paid at top Long Island fish markets, and are pretty close to what the high end specialty markets in NYC are charging. Don't get me wrong - the fish and selection was very nice - it was just a shock when I saw the prices.

          I look forward to exploring the food and restaurant options here in Detroit and sharing my experiences on chowhound.


          1. re: jmax

            Can't wait to hear what you have to say--let the reviews roll !!
            Welcome to Metro D.

            1. re: VTB

              jmax, are you in A2 or closer to the D?

              1. re: coney with everything

                We are renting a home in Livonia. My Mother in Law lives in Saline - just outside A2.

                1. re: jmax

                  I think you need to be look more at Superior Fish in Royal Oak then.


                  Just remember you now have to pay shipping and handling over land for that fish you loved on the east coast. :)

                  1. re: jmax

                    My DH used to work at Plymouth Fish, it's not the same ownership as when he was there but at the time the fish was very fresh and a decent selection. Worth a look in any case.

                    Their website is mostly focused on prepared food but I think they still sell fresh.


                    And if you haven't had lake perch--go local!--try it. It's fantastic.

          2. If you are looking for a brisket I would suggest Sam's Club on M-59 near Van Dyke. I was in there yesterday and grabbed a couple of Black Angus briskets in cryo for around $2 a pound.
            Seafood counters are a hit or miss in the Detroit area and all of the stores I list will have both seafood counters and a meat counter except Superior Fish in Royal Oak which is strictly fish.
            Papa Joes. I live very close to the Rochester store but greatly prefer the Birmingham Store.
            Vince & Joes at 25 mile & old VanDyke.
            Nino Salvaggios on M-59 by the new outdoor mall.
            Whole Foods in Rochester.

            Ottos chicken at the Royal Oak farmers market is wonderfull and they have great prices. A local Mi product that is anti-biotic free.





            1. Holiday Market in RO is my favorite meat/seafood counter. Great service too. Seafood is limited, although I haven't checked out the fully remodeled store yet so it might have been expanded. But they do so much business that the stock turns over rapidly.

              You might also check out one of the kosher butchers for brisket (not on Saturday, of course).

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              1. re: coney with everything

                Holiday is in Canton, too, if you're out west. Second on Knight's.

                1. re: Jim M

                  I think there's a Holiday market on the corner of Rochester road and Tienken as well as one on Auburn East of Dequindre.

                  1. re: Docsknotinn

                    You may be thinking of Hollywood markets - they're on both these corners

                  2. re: Jim M

                    Holiday Market in Royal Oak is a different entitiy than the one in Canton
                    Royal Oak: Holiday-market.com
                    Canton: Holidaymarkets.com

                2. Hollywood on 15 and the one on Cambell both have great meat counters. Papa Joes for fish but be prepared to spend!!! Anyone familiar with peoples fish?

                  1. Nino Salvaggio in Troy and Clinton Township has the best fish counters Ive seen in the area. Talk to Tim the fishman at the clinton store, he knows everything in that store. Their meat counter is awesome too. Prices are very reasonable.

                    1. I see lots of recommendations for butcher counters inside supermarkets. Are there any standalone butchers left? The last one I knew (at 14 and Middlebelt) closed a few years ago.

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                      1. re: archfan

                        There are a few at Eastern Market.

                        My late grandfather was an incredible butcher, and we bought cows from a local farmer growing up. The whole family has missed those great steaks for years. TMZ Farms at RO Farmer's Market is as good as what I ate growing up. C. Roy does their processing (the butcher does make a huge difference in the taste of the meat). TMZ's website is www.tmzfarm.com.

                        1. re: Coconuts

                          At the RO Farmer's Market, can you buy the beef fresh or is it frozen?

                        2. re: archfan

                          Sparrow's at Kerrytown in Ann Arbor is a standalone butcher. Or started that way. He has since bought out his neighbor and has produce as well.

                          1. re: archfan

                            Plenty, if you look in Oak Park or Dearborn for kosher/halal.

                            Byrds in Livonia at 7 and Farmington is "the only butcher shop in Livonia", according to their website.

                            1. re: coney with everything

                              Byrds sounds like a winner to me. Thanks!

                              1. re: archfan

                                we used to go there a lot when we lived on that side of town. I really liked them because they had a lot of European products that were difficult to find at the time.

                                Plus, Joes Produce next door has expanded and is worth a trip as well.

                          2. There's a stand-alone butcher in Warren on 12 Mile Road, just east of Ryan, called Steiners. I've bought some roasts from them, and it was very good. They're very accommodating if you're looking for a special cut, etc.

                            1. Jack's Meat Market
                              41527 W 10 Mile Rd
                              Novi, MI 48375
                              (248) 349-8490‎

                              Tell 'em Susan sent you!

                              1. Noble Fish in Clawson.

                                1. The comment about the places in KerryTown in AA are totally correct. We used to live in AA and still when passing through - bring a cooler and fill it up with Bob Sparrow's incredible meats (and have many friends that do the same).

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                                  1. re: jjbigdog

                                    Fish market next door, Monahan's, is also good. I go in there for the seafood soups at lunch--often superb. They also sell prepared fresh fish that you just take and grill or bake.

                                    1. re: Jim M

                                      Being the one that started the post....I am happy to report that Kerrytown was EXACTLY what I was after.

                                      BTW After rereading my original post it sounded a wee bit pretentious. So I slightly feel obligated to tell you what I was trying to get away from. I went to a local butcher (the only one I know of in about a 10 mile radius) only to be served by someone behind the counter that had a mouth full of missing, crooked or yellowed teeth. If this is how this butcher employee treats his own teeth, I worry about other Hygiene issues may be a issue.

                                  2. Nitsches Meat
                                    52175 Van Dyke Ave
                                    Shelby Twp, MI 48316-3529
                                    (586) 739-5500‎

                                    1. If you're in the downriver area. Ray's Prime Foods
                                      23167 Eureka Rd
                                      Taylor, MI 48180
                                      (734) 287-8240
                                      Full service butcher shop and they have quite a few items that they smoke in house. Award winning jerky, kielbasa and many more.

                                      1. Noble IFsh supplies most of the areas Sushi restaurants. It is in Ferndale. No place else compares. Whole Foods and Holiday have good product but way overpriced and don't really know there fish like Noble does.

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                                        1. re: saddleproductions

                                          As rainsux said, it is Clawson. 14 Mile just east of Main (Livernois). The overall rec, though, is much agreed upon.

                                          1. re: Fibber McGee

                                            And....let us not forget it's sister store. Novi's "One World Market".

                                            1. re: JanPrimus

                                              For fish, I still haven't heard a suggestion that beats the very first reply you got---Papa Joe's. The quality can't be beat at any price...but unfortunately Papa Joe's truly is at about max price. One could take the majority of their fish and just carve it up as shashimi, if so inclined. Only Noble Fish and One World can say that, but their selection is much more limited than Papa Joe's.

                                              1. re: vtombrown

                                                Yeah I have made it out to Papa Joe's a few times since I originally posted this. I agree on the selection. I do have to say the Fish Market in Kerrytown is very close in selection and the quality is top notch. I am not too much of a fish guy though so I will slowly back away from this thread....unless we are talking shellfish!

                                        2. I must say that I am surprised that Superior Fish in Royal Oak, MI has not been mentioned more. Not only do they have a great selection, but they will bring in anything you request.

                                          1. Do any of the aforementioned butchers carry unusual cuts? I am relatively satisfied with the quality of meats at the upper scale places (reminding myself that it is Michigan, and not a legitimate culinary hot spot), but the variety is atrocious. I am looking for veal cheeks, lamb breast, fresh duck, etc. Anything other than t-bone steaks and pork chops? And maybe kind of near Detroit, proper (closer than Birmingham).

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                                              1. re: BoomerHater

                                                Do a Google search for "Glemie Dean Beasley", I have seen his signs but have not tried his product.

                                                1. re: Wooderson

                                                  +1 Good Locavore - Prices are very reasonable, no Steroids or Antibiotics.

                                                  1. re: JanPrimus

                                                    It may even be on the Ark of Taste.....