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Jan 21, 2011 12:51 PM
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Where's the best place to buy meats instead of the Supermarket?

am starting to loathe the quality of meat offered in supermarkets-- was looking for an alternate route of where to buy higher-quality meats from.

anyone got any suggestions?

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    1. Costco has excellent meat; much better than the markets IMHO

      1. +1 on your local butcher.
        Farmers Markets are another place to look for higher quality, better raised meats. Usually direct from the producer.

        1. Isn't "butcher" the obvious answer?

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          1. re: tommy

            i don't know where you folks live but independent butcher shops selling quality meats are few and far between. Around here, there are more Costco's within a 20 mile radius than there are butchers. Costco carries top quality meats at a lower price than an independent could sell it for.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              I agree with "i don't know where you folks live but independent butcher shops selling quality meats are few and far between." I would LOVE having a butcher shop in my vicinity, but no matter where I live that doesn't seem to happen.

              1. re: mucho gordo

                I can understand that (and feel for you). Which is why it would have been helpful if the OP said something like "I live in x and there's nothing but supermarkets around here. Are there any online resources or places that you know of near x where I can get decent meat?"

                As the question was framed, the butcher is indeed the obvious answer. Followed by lobels.com, depending on the budget.

            2. Another possibility is a restaurant supply. Are there any in your area?

              There used to be one where I live. Only thing is sometimes I had to buy more than I actually wanted but it was a good resource anyhow.

              Also I could drive over to the coast for wonderfully fresh seafood right off the boats.

              Lucy