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Good butcher in Northern Sonoma County?

Does anyone know a good butcher in the Healdsburg Santa Rosa area. Also, we're interested in goat meat.

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  1. Several good choices, here's a thread that lays out the usual suspects,

    I'd add Anstead's in Healdsburg to that. Not a butcher counter per se, but it does have packages of Marin Sun beef for sale if you want a local grassfed beef option in town.

    The local Mexican markets and carnicerias will sell goat. In Healdsburg, check out Los Mares, which shares a parking lot with Anstead's.

    Here's my post on buying fresh local goat at Carniceria Contreras in Santa Rosa,
    Other options more centrally located in Santa Rosa would be Mendoza and the two Lola's locations. Personally, I like shopping at Mendoza over the crowds at Lola's. Free range, Fulton Valley chickens are sold there too. You can click on the Place links for maps and phone numbers.

    Lola's Market
    1680 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

    Rancho Mendoza Super Mercado
    640 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

    440 Dutton Ave # 17, Santa Rosa, CA

    Carniceria Contreras
    1401 Todd Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

    Los Mares Market
    434 Center St, Healdsburg, CA

    1. I'd support the recommendation for Martindale's on the earlier thread. They are just off Airport Blvd in a small shppping center that has a Berry's Market on the Corner. Northbound on 101 you get off on Fulton Rd. and turn right on Airport. It's a long block to the turn. They can probably get you anything you need. Willowside is maybe more west than you want to go, but they're a great butcher with their own sausages. Those are my two favorite butchers in northern Sonoma County.

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      1. re: davesonoma


        Martindale's Quality Meats & Deli
        5280 Aero Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

      2. They aren't a butcher counter proper, but The Black Sheep Farm has excellent meat (heritage pork, sometimes duck, goat, beef, lamb) and I know they sometimes have goat available, as I saw it a couple of weeks ago at their Santa Rosa Farmer's Market stand. They are out of Potter Valley, but sell at both the Sebastopol Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings, and the Santa Rosa Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings at the Vet's Building...and since Chowhound isn't registering my updated entry in Places just yet (ugh, when is Places gonna be useable again!? This is getting redunculous!):

        The Black Sheep Farm
        Brock Fulmer & Deanna Spann
        (707) 489-2814
        PO Box 272
        Potter Valley, CA 95469

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        1. re: chocolateninja

          link 2

          Black Sheep Farm
          272 Potter Valley PO Box, Potter Valley, CA 95469

          1. re: chocolateninja

            Geez...Places is barely useable these days! *grr*

            Black Sheep Farm
            272 Potter Valley PO Box, Potter Valley, CA 95469

          2. I just had beef cheeks at the Drake's Beach cafe. They were so good. Can a civilian (non-chef) buy beef cheeks at a butcher counter somewhere? I don't recall ever seeing such a thing.

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            1. re: wearybashful

              Beef cheeks are used to make the cabeza (head) meat you see on taco menus. They're easily found in the butcher case at carnicerias (Mexican butchers), often labeled as cachetes (cheeks).

              1. re: wearybashful

                I have bought them at the San Francisco Ferry Building (Golden Gate Meats). I am not sure if they are a regular item but I have bought them several times.

              2. Bud's Custom Meats just north of Pengrove on Petaluma Hill Rd., near Sonoma State. The cows grazing outside the shop are waiting for their turn to be the ones inside the shop. Try their jerky, too.

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                1. re: loomco


                  Bud's Custom Meats
                  7750 Petaluma Hill Rd, Penngrove, CA

                  Willowside Meats & Sausage
                  3421 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

                2. I like Willowside they are a small shop that carries grass fed beef. The selection may be small but the quality is excellent. They are on Guerneville road just before Willowside (coming from Santa Rosa) They also have marinated pork tenderloins, chickens, awesome beef jerky, house smoked bacon, along with a huge selection of ground sausages. One of the things I like the best is you can get a steak as thick or as thin as you like because they cut em right there right when you place your order. Quality of the meat is great and Donald and his wife make you feel like family.

                  1. There are some good choices. My favorite is Willowside Market on Gurneville Rd. Another choice is surprisingly, G&G Market. They renovated recently and it no longer smells like a fishmarket with week old fish. They have good quality and good prices, but not the personal old time feel that Willowside has. I had 2 bad experiences in a row at Martindales and won't go back there. Lolas has lots of organ meats and they are very fresh and cheap. Things like chicken feet and beef heart that hasn't been frozen. Whole foods and Olivers look great but the prices!!! Can't afford them. Oh yeh, I forgot about Angelos in Petaluma. Wonderful stuff there, but limited. Heavy concentration of excellent sausages and prepared meats. All in all lots of choices! His tri-tip is incredible!!

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                    1. re: PauliBee

                      Which G & G?

                      Angelo's Meats
                      2700 Old Adobe Rd, Petaluma, CA 94954

                      G & G Specialty Foods
                      322 Bellevue Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

                      G & G Supermarket
                      1211 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

                      1. re: rworange

                        I've driven by the Bellevue Ave address and seen the sign for the biz - that's an industrial zone, there's no supermarket there.

                        I'm glad to hear of the renovation, as yes, the smell of the place was quite offputting.

                        There's a newer G&G in Petaluma.

                        G & G Supermarket
                        701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy # E1, Petaluma, CA

                      2. re: PauliBee

                        What were your bad experiences at Martindales? I don't go there often since I moved down to Glen Ellen, but was planning on getting my Easter ham there. Thanks!