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Oct 15, 2008 08:58 PM

Looking for a good butcher in the LA area

Im in studio city, but for a good cut ill travel.

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  1. The best "mainstream" markets for good meat and for butchers who know what the hell they're doing are How's and Bristol Farms. I've gotten good service from Whole Foods here in Pasadena, but have no idea how they are elsewhere. Huntington Meats in the 3rd & Fairfax Farmer's Market has a good and I think well-deserved reputation, but my favorite there is Marconda, generally less expensive and with more emphasis on pork, which I prefer. All the Gelson's markets I've been to have premium-priced meats, probably very good, but the counter guys might as well be at Ralphs for all the knowledge they display. Schreiner's is a German butcher/deli in Montrose (north end of Glendale); have had only their pork and cured meats, all worth repeat journeys.

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    1. re: Will Owen

      there's also Harvey Gus's meat company in the fairfax district (?). I think you have to call ahead to place an order here, though

      1. re: JPomer

        Harvey Guss is a great butcher.

        Harvey's Guss Meat Co
        949 S Ogden Dr, Los Angeles, CA

      2. re: Will Owen

        Everyone seems to like Huntington Meats.

        They have frozen Cajun Boudin.

        1. re: Hershey Bomar

          At the Farmer's Market for us it's Marconda for steaks, bacon, and other cuts of meat like pork chops and such. Huntington for the great selection of sausages...grill up some of their Hungarian sausage and server on a roll like a hot dog, Ymmmmm!...and then Puritan Poultry, which is also owned by Marconda, for the birds and rabbits.

          We make a special trip a couple of times a year to stock up the freezer.

          Puritan Poultry
          6333 W 3rd St # 226, Los Angeles, CA

        2. re: Will Owen

          I recently had the pleasure of buying from Marconda Meats. I think Mike there is great.

        3. Do you want a good butcher, or a good meat dept?

          There are good butchers who work at bad meat dept. in supermarkets. The meats may not be prime (or even choice), but the butchers are super knowledgeable and will work with you to get the best cut for what you are intending to make.

          There are also bad butchers who work at good meat dept. They know little in the way of the bovine art, and could barely cut you a steak without risking one of their digits.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Does Harvey Guss deal with the public? Do they have the same price for private parties as for restaurants?

            1. re: kel

              They certainly sell to the public. As to prices, since I only buy for myself I don't know if they wholesale or not. Call and ask them for the definitive answer.

              Harvey's Guss Meat Co
              949 S Ogden Dr, Los Angeles, CA

          2. Bob's Quality Butcher Shoppe
            (818) 368-8166
            11144 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA 91344

            British butcher, very knowledgeable

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            1. re: SeaCook

              I forgot to add he makes his own bamgers and other sausages. . But he only makes so many per day. So when he is out of them, he's out of them. But if you're lucky enouugh to get some they're delish.

            2. "A" Grocery Warehouse in Echo Park has a terrific butcher. I think it's sort of a hidden gem.

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              1. Alexander Meats on San Gabriel and Duarte in San Gabriel is one of Jonathon Gold's favorite meat markets. They have career butchers and some of the best prime meats I've ever had.