These days, most people get their meat at the local grocery store, and as much as this might seem like a product of our all-too-modern culture, it’s hardly a new phenomenon. When I was very young, my mother always got her meat at the grocery store, and that was a long time ago now. It was a culture that prized convenience above all other things, and taking care of all your culinary needs in a single stop was nothing if not convenient. As a child, I didn’t question my mother’s dedication to the grocery store.
Why a Butcher Shop?
It also didn’t surprise me when, as I grew older, she turned toward butcher shops instead. My mother believed in supporting small business, and patronizing a butcher shop is a good way to do just that. These days, I shop at butcher shops for the same reason.
Butcher Shop Recommendations
One of my favorites is Butcher’s Best Market in Newtown, CT. It hasn’t been in its current location for very long, but everyone there has tons of experience, and it shows. I’ve never gotten a cut of meat there that was anything less than perfect. Even if butcher shops aren’t really your thing, I think you’ll be able to appreciate this one.
That being said, Butcher’s Best Market isn’t where I go when I’m planning a really important dinner. I’m a firm believer in not fixing things that aren’t broken, so I go where I’ve always gone: to Hall’s Market in West Hartford, CT. That’s where I get the meat for Christmas dinner, and I’ve never had anything but compliments on its quality. As much as I’d like to consider my family’s enjoyment of Christmas dinner to be the result of my cooking, Hall’s Market deserves most of the credit. Much like Butcher’s Best Market, they simply don’t sell bad meat.
Lastly, I’d like to recommend Czapiga Valentine & Son in Meriden, CT. Not only does this place not sell bad meat, it also doesn’t sell okay meat. Everything you get there is great, and the people are helpful and nice.
All in all, you can get a level of service in a butcher shop that you’ll never find in a grocery store. That’s why I always buy my meat from small businesses these days.