Nothing represents the concept of the American “melting pot” like Palm Beach County, Florida. Shops in this area have learned to cater to the wide range of tastes by offering Caribbean delicacies, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Haitian and Cuban favorites, as well as southern and kosher fare; one butcher shop even cuts and packages wild game for hunters. There are several good butcher/grocery markets available in the Palm Beach County area which offer fine meats and a variety of exotic treats.
Charlie’s Gourmet Meat
As a small family business, Charlie’s prides itself on providing the “Old Fashioned Butcher Shop” experience, with personalized service and fine meats and seafood. Located at 10800 North Military Trail, Suite 116, in the Abbey Road Plaza, Palm Beach Gardens (561-622-9988), Charlie’s offers Western grain-fed, USDA approved Angus, Prime and Kobe beef, American lamb, game, range-grown poultry that is hormone and antibiotic-free, and fresh on-site prepared sausage. In addition, their fish, shrimp and lobster are wild caught and flash-frozen to ensure peak freshness.
The dry-aged beef is hand-cut and offers a tender and buttery flavor achieved by aging it at least 21 days to ensure superior marbling. Their Angus beef is cut from the center of the loin of the top 8% of beef in the country in order to qualify as certified. Their prime cuts provide steakhouse-quality beef for home use. They offer “Freezer Plan Options” for buying meat in bulk or for special occasions, and will hand-cut the meat to specification, and individually wrap, label and date each package for the customer’s convenience.
Charlie’s also offers an excellent choice of deli sandwiches (both hot and cold) and salads made with a variety of crisp greens and fresh vegetables. Their selection of European delicacies is impressive, including bratwurst, weiswurst, Westfalian metwurst, blood and tongue sausage, pickled tomatoes and cucumbers, German, Russian and Lithuanian breads, pierogies, blintzes and stollen. Charlie’s is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Saturday 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and provides a party platter menu, along with weekly chef’s specials.
Glick’s Kosher Market
For kosher foods and fine deli items, try Glick’s Kosher Market in Delray Beach (7351 West Atlantic Avenue, 561-637-5771). Glick’s is a New York style kosher market right here in south Florida, offering the freshest kosher meats, poultry and fish. With 95 years in the meat business, Glick’s ensures its beef, lamb, veal, chicken and turkey are hand-cut by experienced butchers, and daily meat deliveries guarantee freshness.
Glick’s bakery offers a wide variety of baked goods, including fresh challahs, breads, rolls, bobkas, Mandel bread, and ruggelah, as well as favorites such as banana bread, black & white cookies, cheese cake, Hamantashen and Linzer cookies. Freshly prepared meals are also available, with dishes such as stuffed cabbage and noodle kugel, brisket, kasha varnishas, matzo ball soup, chicken meatballs marinara and vegetable soufflé, not to mention their homemade blintzes. The soup list includes cabbage, vegetable, borscht, butternut squash, chicken in the pot, lentil, lima bean, mushroom barley and potato leek, to name a few.
Try Glick’s old fashioned deli with its hand-sliced smoked fish, in-house cured corned beef, turkey, roast beef and other meats, handmade salads, rotisserie chicken, potato pancakes, knishes and kugels. There is also a large selection of kosher groceries available with traditional kosher brands and items specially selected by Glick’s to meet the needs of its customers. Glick’s boasts a variety of kosher wines to accompany their fine foods, such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. Glick’s is fine family foods and fresh, certified kosher hand-made favorites. Visit Glick’s Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to two hours before Shabbat.
A new-comer to the Palm Beach County area, Western Beef is a New York-based grocery company that has recently opened its doors with locations in Lake Worth and Boca Raton. Western Beef claims “We Know the Neighborhood” and plans to cater to the changing tastes of the South Florida market. Being a location for tourism and having a somewhat migratory population, South Florida’s tastes range from New York “citified” to Caribbean flavor and southern-fried home-style fare. Western Beef aims to try to meet as many of those needs as possible.
From its origins as a group of New York City family-owned markets in the early 1900’s, Western Beef evolved into a warehouse-style supermarket in College Park, New York in 1976, then to its present collection of 27 stores throughout New York and New Jersey, with the most recent in Florida. The chain claims to pay close attention to the needs of its specific neighborhoods and to tailor its products to fit those needs. Though it supplies the usual steaks, pork chops, chicken, lamb and other cuts, it also offers such unusual tidbits as tripe, oxtails, beef tongue, calf hearts, goat meat, mutton, pig’s feet and ears and other non-traditional cuts.
The produce, while still maintaining the customary inventory of apples, bananas, potatoes, onions, lettuce, tomatoes pineapples and cantaloupes, meets a variety of tastes, with additional offerings such as collard greens, callaloo, bread fruit, mango, yucca, batata, sugar cane, plantains, chayote, Jamaican pepper, broccoli rabe and many other exotic selections. The bakery boasts homemade breads like Italian, Semolina and French specialties, with a selection of cakes, pies and cookies. Deli items are available such as cold cuts, domestic and imported cheeses, rotisserie and fried chicken and specialty items (imported pasta and olive oils, olives, sausage, salami and Spanish salchichon).
You can find all your grocery needs at Western Beef, with an array of dairy, frozen and bulk items offered in addition to its specialty items. Western Beef’s South Florida shops are open Monday through Sunday from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. and can be found at the following locations: 4624 Hypoluxo Rd., Lake Worth (561-433-8036) and 23072 Sandalfoot Plaza Dr., Boca Raton (561-470-1157).
Big Ed’s Butcher Shop
Big Ed’s, with two locations at 510 Business Parkway, Unit G, in Royal Palm Beach and 8140 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach (561-798-9876), specializes in butchering and packaging wild game and livestock. They offer butchering prices on hogs up to 300 pounds and white-tail deer. Also available is homemade sausage (with a 20-pound minimum), a selection of meat and sausage spices, knife sharpening and taxidermy services. It is requested that all game be skinned and gutted prior to drop-off and meats will be wrapped, labelled and freezer-ready. If game is your thing, Big Ed’s Butcher Shop is your resource for processing fresh meats.
Palm Beach County has always been a source of recreational fun for visitors from all over the U.S. and the world, and its local markets make sure the needs of its part-time and full-time residents are met. With its highly diversified population and wide variety of tastes, Palm Beach County offers a range of different ways to enjoy life (and your favorite cuisine) in a tropical setting.