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Meat in Ocean/Monmouth County

rluke2286 Aug 18, 2010 03:51 AM

I am looking for a good butcher in Ocean/Monmouth County. Looking for specialty meats like mutton, game and offal meat. I would also be interested in finding a good place to find pasture raised meat and poultry.

  1. MGZ Aug 18, 2010 04:10 AM

    This is an excellent topic and I look forward to any new information anyone may share. I have found that true "free range"/pasture raised chickens, for example, are nearly impossible to find. I used to get them at supermarkets, but they have been replaced by the "hormone free" etc. birds that taste just like Perdue.

    D.A. Barsch, "The German Butcher," in Toms River is the best butcher shop I am aware of in the area. I would think that they would provide you with most offal meats, but a phone call is probably prudent.

    There is a place in Asbury Park that typically sells mutton. I think it may be called "Meat n More," and is located on Main Street.

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      Mr. Bingley Aug 18, 2010 04:15 AM

      I've gone to Monmouth Meats in Red Bank a few times and always found it good. The ground lamb he made for me was out of this world.

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      1. re: Mr. Bingley
        equal_Mark Aug 18, 2010 11:51 AM

        Monmouth Meats has a website: http://www.monmouthmeats.com/

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        scrappyone Aug 18, 2010 10:06 AM

        We've always been very happy with Citarellas in Red Bank.


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        1. re: scrappyone
          MGZ Aug 18, 2010 12:20 PM

          Citarella's and Monmouth are certainly great shops, but neither really carries much offal, game, or pastured poultry. Allen's and Bell & Evans are fine birds, but someone in the Mon/OC must have something free range???

          1. re: MGZ
            Mr. Bingley Aug 18, 2010 04:49 PM

            What about Godek's in Marlboro?

            Godek's Farm
            100 South Main Street (Route 79)
            Marlboro, NJ 07746-1823
            Phone: (732) 462-3695

            I've never been there but I know someone (a Greek guy) who got a whole dressed goat there one time for a lovely spit-roasting.

        2. MGZ Aug 18, 2010 03:35 PM

          I almost forgot about Cherry Grove Farm. They sell pasture raised beef, pork and lamb. They are not in Mon/OC, as the farm is close to Princeton, however, they do sell at the Red Bank Farmers' Market on Sundays.


          Cherry Grove Farm
          3200 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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          1. re: MGZ
            MGZ Aug 18, 2010 03:48 PM

            I suppose I should add that they only sell certain cuts. For example, the only roasts available are beef eye round and pork Boston butt.

          2. jrztomato Aug 19, 2010 08:14 AM

            I recommend Sabato's in the Belford junction. There web site is below and they have a rich history. Two of the butchers are avid hunters and they know a lot about game.


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            1. re: jrztomato
              scrappyone Aug 19, 2010 08:34 AM

              Good call on Sabatos at the Junction. They also have great foot long hot dogs along with foot long rolls. I may stop in for some this weekend.

              1. re: scrappyone
                Mr. Bingley Aug 19, 2010 10:32 AM

                i fear you may go hungry scrappy:

                MONDAY 08/09/10 - MONDAY 08/23/10
                REOPEN TUESDAY 08/24/10

                1. re: Mr. Bingley
                  J M S Aug 20, 2010 07:08 AM

                  I recommend Pats Meat Market in Lincroft. Incredible.

                  1. re: J M S
                    MichelleM131 Aug 20, 2010 08:46 AM

                    Ahh, Pats! Yes, I haven't been there in ages. We used to always get out meat there when I was little. I think the last time I had bologna I was waiting in line there and always looked forward to getting a slice! Great meat, great family, too.

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                      equal_Mark Aug 20, 2010 10:35 AM


                      1. re: equal_Mark
                        Mr. Bingley Aug 20, 2010 10:39 AM

                        i live in maine now?

                        good thing i just bought a snowblower...

                        1. re: equal_Mark
                          J M S Aug 20, 2010 11:08 AM

                          This is a link to a place in Maine...

                          1. re: J M S
                            equal_Mark Aug 20, 2010 07:06 PM

                            Damn. Got that link from Google Maps (click on the link that appears in the popup on the map). Must be a Chinese plot...


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                              Mr. Bingley Aug 21, 2010 09:42 AM

                              hehehe, or a conspiracy by the other area butchers...

                  2. re: scrappyone
                    sockster Aug 22, 2010 08:11 AM

                    A big +1 for Sabatos- A GREAT butcher!!

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                      J M S Aug 23, 2010 05:41 AM

                      Also +1 for Sabatos. Great family owned meat market.

                2. MGZ Aug 29, 2010 11:07 AM

                  By now, I have either visited or called each of the places mentioned. As for "free range," "pastured," or (most difficult to find) heritage breed chickens, none of them carry such birds. They do all carry good, organic, pesticide-free, or whatever, fowl. Certainly better than Purdue, but without that different flavor dimension added when a chicken eats what it finds, not what it's fed.

                  I did find free range poultry at Whole Foods. The chickens were predictably expensive at about $15 a bird and I was dissapointed by how they seemed to have the typical factory fowl large breasts/small thighs proportions I was looking to avoid. Be warned though, contrary to what the staff might tell you (or at least what one guy told me), all of the chickens are NOT free range or pasture fed. Instead, an inspection of most of the packages revealed the phrase "barn roaming," which is not the same either as to condition or feed. e.g. http://www.billingsnews.com/index.php...

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                  1. re: MGZ
                    MichelleM131 Aug 29, 2010 04:49 PM

                    This is similar to how much of the produce at Whole Foods features the word "conventional" on the sign in tiny letters.

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                      Molly186 Oct 18, 2010 05:46 PM

                      Call Monmouth Meats they could get you anything,just ordered venison loins no problem

                      1. re: MGZ
                        chefMD Oct 19, 2010 07:27 AM

                        try running bug farm down old route 9 in bayville. heritage, free range, the right stuff (where i buy my eggs for the house)
                        whole food does carry simply grazin products http://simplygrazin.com/.
                        all pastured, 100% grass fed, certified organing, etc, etc.. stuff is not cheap. the chicken is not a heritage breed but i can attest to its tastyness!

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                          MGZ Oct 20, 2010 08:44 AM

                          We haven't been down that way in a while. Now I have a reason to go. Thanks, MD - think I'll try that the farm when we get back.

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