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Belcampo - Larkspur

Robert Lauriston Dec 20, 2012 11:18 AM

Anybody been to this place? Butcher shop and restaurant, has its own farm and slaughterhouse, owned by Anya Fernald of the Slow Food Nation and Eat Real festivals.

http://www.belcampomeatco.com

They're planning three other locations in the Mission and Southern California.

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

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    rubadubgdub Dec 20, 2012 11:45 AM

    I've been to popup events they had at Blue Bottle in 2011. The heritage pork was really tasty, esp the bacon. The taste was appreciably different from the Devil's Gulch pig I sometimes get and it's a treat to have such variety nearby.

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      Pius Avocado III Dec 28, 2012 09:23 AM

      On my radar but haven't been yet. Write-up in the NYT here:

      http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/...

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      1. re: Pius Avocado III
        Robert Lauriston Dec 28, 2012 10:59 AM

        "the Bay Area ... has yet to welcome a meat temple of its own"?

        Ignorant Williamsburg hipster doofus.

        Incanto served its first nose-to-tail dinner before any of the NY and LA restaurants mentioned in that article opened.

        Cafe Rouge has had its own butcher for over 15 years.

        Adesso sells little but its own ~50 varieties of charcuterie.

        Oliveto has a meat locker big enough to hang sides of beef:

        http://www.oliveto.com/testcommunity/...

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          pamf Dec 28, 2012 11:44 AM

          There is also a feature in the January 2013 Food & Wine magazine about Anya Fernald and her various enterprises. Looks like she is on a big PR push right now.

          http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/t...

          Agree that the Bay Area is blessed with more than it's fair share of great places for fine meat. So I don't see what is new about this place.

          I might be in the north bay this coming weekend, so maybe I will have a look.

          1. re: pamf
            Robert Lauriston Dec 28, 2012 12:58 PM

            I believe this is the first butcher shop / restaurant around here with its own slaughterhouse.

            Blue Hill at Stone Barns has had one since 2008.

      2. Scott M Dec 28, 2012 12:00 PM

        It was right before the holidays and my plan was to stop by and get something from the "grab and go" section of premade sandwiches. However, when I arrived I was told that they stopped premaking sandwiches because the quality did not hold up throughout the day. So if I wanted to get something to go I could order from the made to order menu. The made to order menu only had about 6 items (not including sides and salads) and none were really meant to eat out. The only two sandwiches were French Dip and hamburger which both would be better suited eating in. I hoped if they were going to eliminate the "grab and go" option that a couple of items would move to the "made to order" menu to have for people that would like something that travelled better.

        The food looked good, the butcher shop was busy but I had no time to sit and eat and had a 30 minute drive to my next destination so will have to stop by again when I have more time.

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          Malcolm Ruthven Mar 18, 2013 04:11 PM

          I stopped into Belcampo today, but not at a time for me to eat so I just looked around. I saw some good sodas in the cooler, including Abita Root Beer. I'll definitely have lunch there sometime soon. In case anyone isn't clear where it is, it's in Larkspur Landing, now officially named Marin County Mart but I don't know anyone who calls it that.

          A few photos (no food yet).
          http://ruthvenphotos2.com/belcampo

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            Malcolm Ruthven Mar 19, 2013 05:46 PM

            Today I had lunch at Belcampo. I had the Smoked Pork Loin & Honey-Mustard ($13). It was a plate with what seemed to me to be pan-fried thin slices of pork with the honey mustard sauce, and a side salad of ingredients that I can't name (but you may recognize from the photo). It all looked great, but it just didn't work for me. The sauce was too sweet, the pork didn't have much flavor (maybe because of the sauce), the slices were somewhat tough, and the salad didn't have much flavor. I'm not giving up on the place; I think they're trying to do a good thing and others may well have liked that item much more than I did. Try the place for yourself and see what you think.

            http://ruthvenphotos2.com/belcampo

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            slew Mar 20, 2013 12:43 PM

            I had their birria several weekends ago...

            And it was quite nice... Tender pieces of lamb in a spicey (well, not too spicey to me ^^) broth with onions and cilantro atop, but they really should give you something to accompany it... Like tortillas...

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              alfairfax Mar 20, 2013 05:26 PM

              I have not eaten at Belcampo but shortly after they opened went in to check the butcher counter. Was disappointed enough by what I saw not to buy: meat looked somewhat dry, not well cut, chops quite small in size, and prices very high. Has anyone tried their meats? I intend to sometime but compared to Cafe Rouge in Berkeley or Marin's Woodlands Market meat counter (which has Marin Sun, Niman and Five Dot Ranch meats and good butchers) it looked like a bad quality to price ratio.

              1. Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2013 09:22 AM

                Belcampo is launching hot dogs and giving them away free from 9am to 2pm today.
                https://twitter.com/BelcampoMeat/stat...

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