Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)
This is a mini-review, based on a first impression, first time visit.
Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen is located at the corner of Hughes and National. I'm not sure if that's Mar Vista or Palms or what. Probably Palms. It's next door to both The Coop pizzeria and Bob's Market.
Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen was formerly called Victor's and at one time there was a relationship between Victor's and Victor Jr's restaurant near Sony. I don't know if there is any relation between Victor's and Gentleman's.
We stopped in on a whim, needing some meat to go with some homemade spaghetti sauce I made. (My kids tend to eat the meatballs and sausage out of the sauce and we end up sauce left over.)
They had some good looking sausages in the counter, but no Italian sausage. When we asked, they said no problem and the counterman quickly made 2.5 pounds of sausage for me -- the meat was already prepared, he just put it into the casings. So, it was very fresh. We also bought some rolls to make sandwiches.
Sausages were very good, very juicy, very well spiced. These were on the milder side, so not "hot Italian sausage." I fried them up and added them to the sauce. They were 5.99 per pound. The rolls were .99 apiece. Soft inside, crusty outside. Not the world's greatest rolls, but definitely good enough, convenient and just fine.
That's all we tried but we vowed to go back. Some good looking items in the counter, including some Korean short ribs that we plan to try, some ready to cook meatloaf and fresh chicken.
They also make sandwiches and have some deli salads and so on. I'm not sure of the whole sandwich menu, but the guy did mention offhand that they don't make a marinara for their sandwiches (I was telling him that I had leftover sauce for sandwiches), he said, because they don't want to compete with The Coop next door on that.
They've been open about six/seven weeks.
Anyway, thought I'd mention it as I like to see quality neighborhood places survive. I can only speak to one, quick visit but thought others might like to check it out.
I replied almost a year go, that this place was good but had a B Health Dept. rating. I drove by a couple days ago - a B rating proudly displayed on the window. I don't think the Health Dept. waits that long to reinspect after a rating less than A, do they? It's a meat place. It must I be an A. Guess I won't bother again, anyway.
Went here today and had a sandwich before shopping. Super great friendly people. They even have an aging case by the front for the steaks.
On their recommendation, I got their brisket sandwich. Huge sandwich for only $9. Comes with a side of potato salad, mac salad or coleslaw. Sandwich has horseradish mayo and swiss cheese. Meat was tender, juicy and very tasty. The bread was a soft roll, I wish it had just a bit more softness and chew but it held up fine without falling apart. I only ate half it was so big and meaty.
Picked up some of their house made sausages. Place is super clean, old school butcher shop.
The hot foods selection looked great. They had the brisket, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, some sides. They also will make hot or cold sandwiches to order.
Owned by an older Korean gentleman working the register. A younger guy was the one handling all the orders. I hope this place thrives, would love to have a good butcher around.
Picture of sandwich attached.
Just went there for the first time in a couple years and saw the change. Seems cleaner than Victor's, although they had a B rating. Normally don't patronize under an A but I needed some ground beef for burgers. Decided to buy two rib-eyes and have them ground. Best home burgers I have had in a long time, and I have used
steaks for burgers previously. Also bought their potato salad, which I liked a lot, and one of the vegetable salads. Good, too. I will be back but I hope that rating gets to an A soon.
15 years ago, the Coop was one of our favorite pizzas. Something changed a long time ago and we stopped going.
I don't know if the older Gent who owned Victor's retired or sold out but I believe it changed hands not too long ago. Its the place where Dommy and i would get our fresh Shelton Birds for Thanksgiving, bones for stock and where I'd get brisket for Corning. In the past I'd not seen much in the way of Prime Beef. I do think the new folks are trying to bring the place to a new Level. It is on my list to visit once our freezer is a little clearer.
re: Mattapoisett in LA
I ran into you and Dommy during my first, and only visit to the place. Tried the BBQ being cooked up by the guy in the parking lot, chatted with him for a bit, apparently he's a BBQ enthusiast, and BBQ s in the parking lot on Saturdays..
Looks like the people there are serious and committed to high quality. Normally I drive all the was to the old Farmer's Market when I want something for a special meal, but I'll be giving this place a shot.