I want to start off by saying that I love meat. I could be considered a meat addict. Smoking meat is a hobby of mine and one that I have gotten really good at with lots of practice. Once you reach a certain level, you don’t want to buy your meat from a grocery store any more; you want to go to a butcher. Walking in you get that butcher shop smell in your nostrils with all the delicious meats in the cases just waiting to be taken home and thrown on the grill or smoker. Living on the west side of Atlanta gives me access to a couple of really and truly great shops close to my house.
If you live on near Austell, Georgia, you should know about Patak Meats on Ewing Road. This place has an amazing variety of meat, everything from ground beef or pork to steaks to in house made lunch meat and smoked sausages. It is a carnivore’s dream that won’t break the bank. Some must tries are German bologna, roast beef, smoked pork chops, kabanos, and some of the best bacon you will ever eat, have them slice it thick and wrap it around some scallops or a filet. You can visit their website at www.patakmeats.com.
A couple of years ago I was looking for curing salt and discovered the New York Butcher Shoppe on Roswell Road in Atlanta. These guys are super nice and will help you anyway they can. This is a more traditional butcher with a meat case with steaks, veal, lamb, pork and chicken but they do have some prepared foods as well. The bacon stuffed pork chops are amazing as is the eggplant parmesan. Check out their website www.nybutcher.com for weekly specials, events and a peek at their menu. They also offer specials if you are using their meat to do barbeque competitions.
As a lover of all things Cajun, the Cajun Meat Company in Marietta is also a favorite of mine. Fresh Louisiana crawfish and Alligator, Andoullie, tasso and a personal favorite of mine a de-boned chicken stuffed with crawfish dressing are all on the menu here. You can also get other Cajun favorites like gumbos and ettoufees made in store as well as specialty meats like elk and bison. The most interesting thing here is the de-boned stuffed pig. Wrap your mind around that for a second…de-boned stuffed pig. What’s it stuffed with you ask? The pig is stuffed with a de-boned turkey that is stuffed with a de-boned duck that is stuffed with a de-boned chicken. I am looking for a get together that would warrant me having that, but until then I can only imagine. For the full menu and prices check out the Cajun Meat Company on line at www.cajunmeatcompany.com