Whether you’re looking for a custom cut of meat for a special family dinner, a delectable sandwich at lunch time, or a butcher shop with several decades’ long history of serving locally sourced meats, here are three well-loved places for you to choose from in the San Francisco area’s East Bay.
Lawrence’s Meats, Deli & BBQ
225B Alamo Plaza
Alamo, CA 94507
Mon. – Sat. 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Five generations of family have worked at this full service butcher shop, bringing locally sourced beef, pork, and American lamb to loyal customers. Their chicken is free range and hormone free. They also have a selection of fresh fish.
They always have a butcher on site to answer questions or provide custom cuts of meats for any occasion, and you’re welcome to call ahead for special orders.
Tip: Plan your visit to Lawrence’s around lunch time so you can also enjoy their top-rated BBQ sandwiches from their outdoor grill.
The Local Butcher Shop
1600 Shattuck Ave. Ste. 120
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 845-6328 (MEAT)
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The Local Butcher Shop is a well-known East Bay area butcher shop selling sustainable meat and poultry. They practice whole animal butchery, buying animals directly from local farmers and ranchers located within 150 miles of their shop. You’ll find pasture raised and antibiotic and hormone-free products here, and they can custom cut any cut for you while you wait.
Tip: Check out their website for a schedule of upcoming classes for the public, including Sausage Making (you’ll get to take home about five lbs. of your creations).
3615 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Monday – Sunday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Diablo Foods has a meat counter with expert butchers who will custom cut meats to your specification, and let them know if you’d like it freezer wrapped. In addition to carrying the two highest grades of beef, locally sourced lamb, and free range chicken that is air chilled with no water added weight, they receive fresh fish from local suppliers six days a week. Most of their butchers have 15 to 20 years experience and are glad to suggest cooking methods and seasoning ideas.
Tip: This store also carries an excellent inventory of fresh produce so you can get the ingredients you need here for complete meal preparation.
You can count on the butchers at these outstanding butcher shops in the San Francisco area’s East Bay to make sure you’re serving your family the highest quality, locally sourced meats. You can also get expert suggestions on preparing your selection so you can bring your dish to the table with confidence. Whether you’re serving meatloaf or a rack of lamb, be prepared to receive a round of compliments!