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Good Butcher Shop Near Hartford, CT

stuck in Hartford County Nov 4, 2009 08:27 AM

Working part time, now, and time to drive for better ingredients! Can anybody recommend a good butcher shop less than 1 hour from Hartford? I would love to find a butcher shop I can trust and visit on a regular basis...

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    brookerme Nov 4, 2009 08:42 AM

    Hall's Market in West Hartford

    D & D on Franklin Ave in Hartford

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    1. re: brookerme
      masha bousha Nov 4, 2009 08:51 AM

      Ditto what you said and I'll add:
      Newington Meat Market on 847 Main Street as well as Stew Leonards on the Berlin Turnpike.

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        Uncledave Nov 4, 2009 10:51 AM

        Good choices. I'd add Whole Foods -- Two locations in West Hartford, and one in Glastonbury. I'm rarely disappointed. Terrific dry-aged steaks, too.

    2. shaogo Nov 4, 2009 08:56 AM

      I second Hall's, D&D.

      Stew Leonard's is a rip-off. The quality of the meat is poor, unless you buy an over-the-top overpriced cut.

      The Highland Park Market in Farmington, CT has some great meats, but are a bit pricey.

      Adolph's Meat Market on New Britain Avenue in Hartford is a superb German-style pork store.

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        philbkr Nov 4, 2009 09:31 AM

        Re: Highland Park Market, South Windsor, near Evergreen Walk. The other day I asked about procuring ox-tails or veal kidney--was told that a few days notice would bring them to me. I've never had them turn down any request I might have and the meat and poultry selection, including various preparations, is extensive. I don't need to go anywhere else. Pricey? not if you're after quality.

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          stuck in Hartford County Nov 4, 2009 10:54 AM

          I work in Farmington, near the Market- I love it! It never actually occured to me to ask about hard to find meats/cuts. The one in South Windsor never seems to have any customers- strange. Also, they don't open till 10am- not sure why, but maybe due to the other stores in the "Walk".

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        jrichardanderson Nov 4, 2009 02:09 PM

        Try Bliss Market in Wethersfield. Old school, certified angus (choice and prime), homemade sausage etc. Prepared foods are KILLER! Nice website with weekly specials.

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          Waquoit Nov 5, 2009 03:02 AM

          Bogner's in Manchester next to MCC is very friendly. I bought a tenderloin and they trimmed and tied it up nicely. Came out great. I also agree with Highland Park.

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