Scottsdales Best Butcher
Greeting from Toronto!
My uncle lives in Scottsdale (Desert Mountain) and I want to give him a great gift. I was thinking a gift card to the best butcher in that area. Any help with names of great butchers with excellent beef would be most helpful.
As an avid home gourmet, I think that a personal relationship with your butcher is key to a really great meal. This being said, I do think the Pork Shop is great and Jason does an outstanding job! However, I live in N. Scottsdale and the drive roundtrip to the Pork Shop is almost 2 hours depending on traffic. I make is a pilgrimmage and stock up when I go.
I rely on the AJ's location at 18271 N Pima Rd, Pima and Union Hills, in N. Scottsdale. The Butcher manager's name is Tony Pina and I have been a loyal customer of his for years. Tony has been with the AJ's groups for many years and he has always made it important to take care of those quirky items I need, always cuts meat for me fresh and never pulls it out the case and happily takes phone requests whenever needed.
Call Tony Pina at 480-538-3080 and I assure that you will not be disappointed.
I can't think of any independent butchers in Scottsdale. I'm including place links for Hobe Meats and the Pork Shop, two well-regarded places elsewhere in the Phoenix Metro Area, but your uncle lives in a part of Scottsdale that is remote not only to the rest of the Phoenix Metro Area, but also to most other parts of Scottsdale. Desert Mountain is nearly 30 miles north of Scottsdale's Downtown.
That being said, if your uncle is unlikely to drive an hour or so to buy meat, a better choice might be a gift card to AJ's, an upscale supermarket chain in the Phoenix area with a good meat department. It looks like AJ's has a location fairly close to Desert Mountain:
AJ's Fine Foods - Lone Mountain
31311 N. Scottsdale Road
SE Corner of Lone Mountain and Scottsdale Road
Tel No.: (480) 575-6200
Fax No.: 480-575-6210
Toll Free Number: (866) 923-6211
6044 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
The Pork Shop
3359 E Combs Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85242