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kathrynanne Feb 15, 2010 11:03 AM

Hi local Hounds. I wanted to get everyone's opinion on where is the best place to shop for meat and poultry. I frequent the West Side Market, but I don't always think the value and quality rival that at Costco. What do you think? Is there an awesome place I am not aware of? Sincere thanks!

  1. rockandroller1 Feb 15, 2010 04:04 PM

    Costco sells factory farmed meat, processed at one of the "big 4" slaughterhouses. Most stands at the WSM sell locally raised, locally processed meat. For me, it's no contest. We buy 99% of our meat there. Sometimes we buy meat at the Mustard Seed market instead, but that's about the only other place I'll buy meat anymore.

    Due to the recent weather and other circumstances, we recently bought a chicken from the grocery store. It was so fatty and tasteless when we cooked it, I couldn't even eat it. The difference between that type of chicken and what we get at WSM was very obvious.

    Some stands are better than others at the WSM. It took some shopping around before I found stands I'm happy with in both service, selection and quality. Unfortunately, I mostly know stands by where they are in relation to other stands, so I can't give you any specific name recommendations.

    1. rockandroller1 Feb 15, 2010 04:06 PM

      Oh, I will also add that in the summers, we do buy some meat directly from the farmer's at the farmer's market. We go to the one in crocker park. Have been pretty pleased with the chickens, eggs and dairy we've gotten there, not so much with meat we've bought there (overpriced and not worth the money). Chef's Choice meats in Berea is one I haven't yet tried that a lot of people recommend, and also I do recommend the Sausage Shoppe for any and all sausage needs you might have, they are about a 5-10 min. drive from the WSM and a very cool little shop.

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        diver4 Mar 12, 2010 08:15 AM

        Thank you for the review. I went to the square and could not find that market. Can you give me details? And do you know of Chicken sellers that don't feed them soy and who keep them pastured? Thank you

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          rockandroller1 Mar 12, 2010 11:35 AM

          I'm not sure what square you mean - did you go to crocker park? The farmer's market there is seasonal, it doesn't open until april. I posted in your other thread about it, and about chickens.

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        ladybugthepug Feb 16, 2010 05:17 AM

        I don't know how sensitive you are to pricing, but we pretty much buy all of our meat from the North Union Farmer's Market at Shaker Square. Open year round (with the exception of two one week breaks), NUFM has locally grown chicken and duck from Tea Hills and Plum Creek, grass fed beef from Millgate Farms, pork from New Creation Farm. There are a couple of others that have recently been added to the fray but haven't bought from them yet. The chicken and the beef is absolutely worth the price. The jury's still out on New Creation. I've made some of their chops, butt, and ribs and I can't say that I've been "wowed", but I am getting used to cooking on a Big Green Egg so I think that might be part of the problem.

        We probably don't eat as much meat as most people so the price isn't as big a deal as it would be for a family of 8. I can't really speak to much on the west side, except that Kris Krieger does some great sausage at Chef's Choice Meats. My mom lives in Berea, so I always stop in when I'm in the area.

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          stuart Feb 16, 2010 05:54 AM

          I know a lot of people who think that New Creations pork is the best available anywhere in the area. I don't cook so all I've eaten is the bacon and some of their sausages. The breakfast sausae is great. Easily the best I've found.

          There was a second pork vendor at the market last Saturday, but I didn't buy anything. Also the large collective of Amish vendors sells pork and there's a guy who sells only pork sausage (and potatoes and eggs). New Creations also sells beef, right? New Creations sells a heritage breed of pork as does the Amish stand. They also sell heritage beef, as does one other vendor. I don't know what breed of cattle they raise at Millgate.

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          lyn Feb 16, 2010 03:46 PM

          I also like many of the vendors at WSM. Vince's for basic beef (does not have high end cuts), DW Whitakers for pork and chicken, although for variety cuts there are many that are good. For premium more meats, Mr. Brisket is quite good. http://www.misterbrisket.com/. make sure and get a cornbeef sandwich when you go. Chefs choice meats is also great, esp the steaks. They also make and cure many of their own meats and sausages. http://www.chefschoicemeats.net/chefs...

          here is how I would rank the above:

          Chef choice
          Mr. Brisket (almost tie

          )

          wsm
          grocery store.

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            kathrynanne Feb 17, 2010 05:39 AM

            Thanks Lyn. I will definitely check out Chef's Choice.

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            Kelli2006 Feb 17, 2010 06:09 PM

            I live in the far south side of the Cleveland area and I buy 90% of my meat at Buehlers. I do shop at WSM when I am in Cleveland on market days, but it doesn't seem superior to what I can get in Wayne county.

            1. HD MM Feb 23, 2010 06:27 AM

              Check out Mr. Brisket on Taylor (Cleveland Hts). The best butcher shop around.

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                suomi73 Feb 26, 2010 10:34 AM

                I recommend Chef's Choice for anything they sell. The beef, pork and chicken is all from Ohio and source verified. One note about the beef: They sell the best legitimately dry-aged steaks anywhere I've ever been. The trick is that they are generally not in his case. You have to ask what he has available and dry aged, then he cuts the steak to order in the shop. The result is an unparalleled steak experience. This is not to mention his dozens of house-made deli meats, terrines, and sausages. I'm constantly mystified that he doesn't have a line out the door, even with the less-than-perfect location.

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                  Johnny K Mar 13, 2010 06:05 AM

                  New Creation Farm's pork is absolutely outstanding. They are at the North Union Farmer's Market at Shaker Square on Saturdays. The last time I was there, a boneless pork loin was only $4/pound.

                  I really enjoy the West Side Market, but be careful with which stand you buy from. Some of the stands get their meat from big distributors, so you aren't getting anything you wouldn't get at the regular grocery store. Talk to the stand owners and see where they are getting their meat from and make your decision from there.

                  1. lizetteorama Mar 16, 2010 06:16 AM

                    the north union farmers market at shaker square is fantastic. it's indoors in the winter and there are numerous local farmers selling meat. new creations has GREAT heritage pork and i have bought chicken, eggs, duck and goose from plum creek farm. i also like the great american lamb company and have bought numerous cuts of lamb - all of which have been delicious. and chef's choice meats is excellent. really, really excellent. WSM is good but i am wary of some stands that can't give me a straight answer of where exactly the meat is coming from. obviously it's more expensive to buy directly from the farmer but it is totally worth it for us as meat is not something we eat everyday. plus, it's fun to shop at the markets and support someone in your community.

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