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  • end3r Oct 15, 2008 08:58 PM
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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.

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        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.

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          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.

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              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. re: recipe0

                the asian place on sunset?

              2. 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.

                1. I'm a big fan of Bob's Market on Ocean Park in Santa Monica. Great meat and knowledgeable butchers. I'm also a fan of their house-made sausage.

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                  Bob's Market
                  1650 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

                  1. Harvey Guss will sell you two steaks or a whole side. It is a bit out of the way for me, so I usually only use him to buy meat for parties, but he is accomodating when ordering small quantities. Last time I bought 12 racks of ribs, 6 chickens and 2 whole pork loins. Great quality, reasonable prices.

                    1. I ended up going to Alexander's Choice Meats to pick up some corned beef for St. Patty's day (after scoffing at the prices at my non-ADA-compliant Whole Foods), and also to check out the rest of the wares. Really nice selection of all sorts of protein, and I especially liked the big slabs of beef aging in the window. While this butcher shop is a bit of a haul for me, I figure I'll pair it up with a lunch in SGV somewhere to make it a total Chow-worthy road trip of sorts.

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                      Alexanders Choice Meats
                      6580 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA