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Lesley Balla | Photo: Courtesy of Belcampo Meat Co. | March 13, 2014
When it matters where your beef, chicken or pork comes from, these boutique L.A. butcher shops are tops.
1. Belcampo Meat Co.
The full-service butchers land at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A., offering organic, grass-fed meats from their 20,000-acre ranch near Mount Shasta. In addition to the right cut, you’ll find prepared food likes burgers, hot deli sandwiches, soups and more. 317 S. Broadway, L.A., 213. 624. 2378
2. Lindy & Grundy
The Fairfax shop is one of the most stylish around, right down to the staff’s overalls and handkerchiefed heads. All the meat comes from within 150 miles of the shop (except for the lamb, which is from Santa Rosa), then are butchered in-house and displayed beautifully in cases. Pick up extras like housemade sausages, rillettes, soups, chili, paté, produce, salts and seasonings, and even eggs from Shaner Farms. 801 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 323.951.0804
3. A Cut Above Butcher Shop
Chef Eddy Shin (The Tasting Kitchen, Patina Group) sources grass-fed beef from the Santa Rita Hills, jidori chicken from the Central Valley and pasture-raised lamb from Sonoma for his new Westside butcher shop. Check out the daily sandwich board for creations like duck confit grilled cheese, and porchetta with broccoli rabe and provolone. 2453 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.998.8500
4. McCall’s Meat & Fish Co.
This small Los Feliz market sells sustainably raised meats and seafood, including beautifully cut steaks and chops; fat, housemade sausages; and a great beef blend for burgers. Owned by two chefs, it’s a one-stop shop that now also bakes fresh pastries, desserts and breads. 2117 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, 323.667.0674
5. Harvey’s Guss Meat Company
If you want dry-ages steak like the one you had at Cut or Jar, call in and order to Harvey Gussman. There’s no conventional retail store here, just a small shop filled with meat on hooks going out to some of the best restaurants in town. Long beloved by chefs and in-the-know home cooks since Harvey’s dad, Abe, opened its doors in 1939, the shop is now manned by his son, who was one taken to Cannes to cut meat for a dinner by Wolfgang Puck. Preordering is mandatory here. 949 S. Ogden Drive, West L.A., 323.937.4622