For most small cities, real, old-fashioned butcher shops are a relic of by-gone days. But in McKinney, Texas, we have three. Here’s a guide to getting the best custom meats in North Texas.
Since 1954, locals have loved this custom butcher. Known as the home of the spiral cut, honey-baked ham, it’s no surprise that pork products shine here. Locals know it as the source of their holiday meats and everyday sandwiches. Prices are comparable to the supermarkets, but the service is far above them. Non-locals get to experience their skills as well, since they ship to all 50 states. It’s located just off the square at 307 W. Louisiana St. Hours are from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 9am-5pm. Parking is unusually plentiful for the downtown area, with their own lot. They’re also accessible by GoTaps public transport, and the Craig Ranch Trolley bus.
Looking for grass-fed, organic, hard-to-find cuts of meat? Local Yocal is your butcher. Also in the downtown area, at 213 N. Tennessee St, the Local Yocal now offers more than just meats. They are one of the only places in all of Collin County to sell suet. They are a rancher-owned butcher, and therefore answer questions like no other meat market. Store hours are 8am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday. They also offer their own parking, another rarity downtown. Locals love it for their grilling classes in front of the shop, supplying many local restaurants, and embracing all that is local. However, don’t expect to find any yokels; these are meats for the sophisticated palate.
La Michoacana Meat Market
Just north of downtown is another 21st century rarity – an in-store market butcher. La Michoacana offers custom cuts, with an emphasis on Latino flavors. It’s also the place to get the best bargains of the area custom butchers. At 311 W. University, they are north of the downtown area, but more convenient for those accessing highway 380. They’re open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm. They have plentiful parking in their own lot at the corner of Church street. While they may be the newest of the three custom butchers, they have their own fiercely loyal following due to their hard-to-find specialties.
Both locals and non-locals alike can enjoy the skill and devotion of real, old-fashioned butchers in McKinney, Texas. For those looking for more than prepackaged supermarket offerings, these professionals know how to please different palates and pocketbooks.