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Aug 18, 2008 06:39 PM

A Real butcher?

does anybody know of a real butcher in LA. I want to make porchetta and want the belly still attached to the loin to roast, I do miss a good butcher shop. Any suggestions

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  1. You could try the butcher shops at the Farmer's Market by the Grove.

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    1. re: attran99

      I did thanks for that. They could not get me the loin with the belly still attached though

      1. re: refilms

        You sure? There's two butchers, Huntington and Marconda's. The guys at Marconda's will special order.

        1. re: cls

          they said that they could get me the whole pig but not loin with belly still attached . Thanks though

    2. Alexander’s Prime Meats
      6580 N. San Gabriel Blvd.
      San Gabriel
      (626) 286-8871

      1. Real butchers require real customers. Develop a good relationship with a top-quality local butcher (in a neighborhood, not at tourist haunts), and over time -- with a little notice and courtesy -- you'll most likely be able to get what you need. I'd try some of the best shops mentioned on this board (searching for "butcher" brings up 158 hits in the last year alone) and start spending money at one that you like. Another good information source is this story from the LA Times:

        1. There is no better butcher in LA than Harvey Guss. Call them and leave a message. They will call you back and tell you when to pick up your order (usually the next day).

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          1. re: Servorg

            even Harvey guss said they could not get the loin with the belly still attached. I did get some great pork cheek there though and some wonderful steaks. I am sold on that place.

          2. Give Dan at Vicente Foods in Brentwood a call. He is the meat manager and has often fulfilled unusual requests for me. He is as nice as can be.

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            1. re: maudies5

              I second Alexander's Prime Meats.

              Unfortunately, Los Angeles has been in a severe butcher drought for quite some time. I've made relationships with Butchers who always seem to have the best intentions but never really deliver. Its sad, being that the food culture of LA is developing by leaps and bounds. Everyone I know is a pseudo-foodie. I know its not SF, CHI, or the big apple- now there are plenty enough of us to warrant offal meats a local shop on a whim.

              Other than that, go to Montgomery Park. You can get everything at the Asian markets.

              1. re: Gastronauticus

                Perhaps you mean "Monterey Park"? The Asian and Latino markets in the SGV still have butchers behind the counter. Communicating with them is a different matter altogether.

                1. re: raytamsgv

                  Long time ago I lived in Alhambra and I recall seeing items like sheep heads in the meat case at the market that was on the corner of Fremont and Valley. i would agree with raytamsgy, check out the groceries in Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Montebello, etc. along the Valley, Atlantic, Garfield, Garvey and Whittier corrridors.