Calling all meat aficionados: A national publication has determined the country’s best butcher shops, and some of them are in our backyard.
On Friday, Food & Wine released “The best butcher shops and meat markets in America,” naming three Massachusetts stores among the esteemed 89 spots on the list: Brazeau’s Butcher Shop in North Adams, M.F. Dulock in Somerville, and Savenor’s Butcher & Market in Boston and Cambridge.
“In choosing this list of nearly 100 essential shops across the country, there was one very clear standard — the more sustainable, the more rebellious against the prevailing winds in a morally corrupt industry, the better,” wrote David Landsel, who authored the article.
Landsel praised the three Massachusetts shops, touching on their sourcing expertise and importance to their respective neighborhoods.
“David Brazeau made a name for himself in the Berkshires with a home butchering operation — something he did in his spare time, when he wasn’t running the meat department at a local supermarket,” he wrote about Brazeau’s Butcher Shop, which is family-owned and operated. “When the store closed, he decided to make it official; fans of his sourcing prowess (and his sausages) couldn’t be more pleased.”
Landsel highlighted M.F. Dulock’s monthly meat club, noting that it’s “a great way for novices to acquaint themselves with the pleasures of buying top quality.” The Somerville shop is still taking orders for the sage sausage on its Thanksgiving menu.
At Savenor’s, which has locations in Boston and Cambridge, one particularly notable customer was mentioned in Food & Wine‘s roundup.
“Julia Child sourced her pheasant and goose and suckling pigs from this Boston-area institution — official butcher of the Red Sox, mind you — that’s been serving happy customers since the end of the Great Depression,” Landsel wrote.
It’s been a good month for Savenor’s: General manager Christopher Walker was recently named a winner on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” where he emerged victorious during the episode “Comfort Food Feud: Bacon.”
While there was a noticeable dearth of New England representation on the rest of the list, two Maine butcher shops were also named as a cut above: Maine Meat in Kittery and W.A. Bean & Sons in Bangor. The publication also named Fleishers Craft Butchery, which has two locations in Connecticut.
Find the complete list of Food & Wine‘s best butcher shops in America here.
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