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Where is a good independent meat market in Dallas?

I live in the Lake Highlands area, and ever since moving to Dallas recently have been on the lookout for a good family meat market. Central Market has good meat, but oh my! The prices are out of this world!

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      1. re: Scagnetti

        Yep. Rudolph's is an excellent choice. Also Kuby's in Snider Plaze in Highland Park.

        1. re: Mike C. Miller

          I generally get my meat from Sam's or Costco as I think you get the best bang for the buck. I do make the trek to Rudolphs every so often to pick up some links of their polish sausage. Some of the best I've ever had.

      1. re: slewfoot

        If you're going to Plano to try Hirch's (which I also recommed), try Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, it's on 15th, East of 75 about five blocks. I like Sprouts as well, the selection can be limited but I've liked just about everything I've had there.

      2. Is Halal or Kosher of concern?

        1. I second the recommendation of Rudophs. I would also add Koster's to the list, they are located in the Farmer's Market near the mexican food restaurant just north of the sheds.

          There were 4 or 5 "meat" vendors at the market last weekend as well.

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          1. re: MarcusB

            Kubys for just about any cut of meat. Jimmy's is also a good spot especially for their Italian sausage.

          2. I have to third fourth or fifth rudolphs. They are really authentic too, it is an experience with their history in deep ellum.

            1. I endorse Rudolph's, too. But you also should try VonGeertsem's, on Oak Lawn near Lemmon (a couple of doors down from Lucky's).

              1. then there is the butcher shop in Lewisville that I found after seeing them on Foodtv. Great little shop and some really decent prices. We use to go there for the filets.

                1. What price range are you in and also what cuts of meat? Sometimes even ordering fresh from the vendors of organic grass fed beef can be cheaper than say CM or WF. I know that Burgundy Pasture Beef out in Grandview has a delivery service and you can specify how you would like you meat cut. Robert Hutchins would be happy to accomodate you out at Rehoboth Ranch (Greenville). JuHa Ranch (Barry) would be about the same as Rehoboth. For more local butchers Kuby's (Snider Plaza), Rudolph's (Deep Ellum), Jimmy's (Lakewood), Hirsch's (Plano), Ye Olde Butcher (Plano), Zituna (Richardson - Halal), David's (Garland) and Old Town Meat Market (Lewisville)


                  Should give you a few to choose from. Since I am not sure what you are looking for as far as meats all I can give is these recommendations. This will let you decide if the price meets your range or the proximity to your location.

                  1. LH reminded me of something I was looking into a few months ago.

                    If you are interested in buying local meats (and other products) from small ranchers/farmers, Cross Timber Food Coop is in Denton. You place and pickup orders twice monthly, buying only what you want - ie there is no "bulk sharing" as in typical coop fashion. Their prices are more than your local grocery, but not as high as CM.


                    I don't have personal experience with any of their meats or other products, but maybe some others here do and will offer comments.

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                    1. re: CocoaNut

                      I know one of the vendors of Cross Timbers Co-op is a Slow Food Dallas member, Sloans Creek Heritage Meats in Dodd City.

                      Thanks for that link CN.....I am always curious about co-ops especially in Denton county!

                    2. With respect to the Lake Highlands area, La Michoachana is a great option. Located in the southeast quadrant of Audelia and Walnut hill (behind the Chase Bank), they have the best authentically-seasoned fajita meat. They have all the traditional cuts of meat, as well as tons of great authentic Mexican foods.


                      1. I would like to add, there is a very good, small "mom & pop" butcher shop between Scardello's Cheese Shop and Lucky's on Oak Lawn. Across the street from Pappadeaux Seafood restaurant. I'm sorry, but I don't remember their name.

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                        1. re: twinwillow

                          Further to my above comments: It's, Vongeertsem Butcher Shoppe. No wonder I couldn't remember the name.


                          1. re: twinwillow

                            Ok, you probably need to check your Info/411 according to YELP this Business has folded. Sorry, I missed this place.

                        2. I highly recommend Burgundy Beef as well. Their meats are outstanding, they deliver and they just can't be beat. Bonnell's in Fort Worth uses them exclusively.


                          1. Try Hong Kong Asian Market two locations: Grand Prairie,(Pioneer PKWY?) and Dallas, TX (Walnut Hill)

                            Country Meat Market, Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, TX
                            Ask For Mr. Lou (Owner/Manager) they have good quality meats, go and see for yourself, it will be worth the trip.

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                            1. re: CTCissy

                              We are also really enjoying occasional trips to Local Yocal just off the square in McKinney. Matt's steak 101 class was a lot of fun and seeing them cut down a cow was helpful and they always have great stuff in their cases.

                            2. I would tell, but then, everyone would know about the best kept secret in town.

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                              1. re: fiore1

                                That's too bad!!! it's hard enough to find good quality food along with competitive prices.

                                1. re: CTCissy

                                  I've heard good things about David's Meat Market
                                  in Garland and both Hirsch's Meats and Ye Ole Butcher Shop in Plano.