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Dishes at Chula Seafood include the house-smoked fish platter ($24) and the Hawaiian-style poke (from $14).


4 High-End Local Meat and Seafood Markets You'll Love

By Riki Altman-Yee

Photography by Mark Lipczynski


The well-heeled may keep their stylists’ contact info classified, but when it comes to the names of their favorite local purveyors of meat, fish, and unmatched prepared dishes and specialty items, they are happy to name-drop these gourmet markets.

Arcadia Meat Market
Led by a partner at Arizona’s only certified grass-fed beef producer and a second-generation master butcher, this new shop is about all-natural, free-range and pasture-raised proteins. Soon guests can expect to take home meatcentric ready-to-bake items like beef stroganoff, meatloaf and lasagna, along with veggies from Blue Sky Farms, but for now, Colorado wagyu tomahawk steaks ($55 per pound) will suffice. 3950 E. Indian School Road, Ste. 130, Phoenix, 602.595.4310 

Nelson’s Meat + Fish
Though many of its meat offerings bear illustrious labels carnivores carry close to their hearts—namely Nueske’s, Superior Farms and Duroc Heritage—knowing that all the seafood found at Nelson’s has been overnighted straight from the source is of equal importance. Fans say they bring the ocean closer with a bag of jumbo stone crab claws from Florida, some smoked fish dip and a bowl of Chesapeake Bay shrimp salad (market prices). 2415 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.596.4069

Chula Seafood Market
Harpooned swordfish is a specialty from this family-operated and -owned fishery and fish market, but Chula is also a go-to for sea bass, yellowfin tuna, California halibut, and fresh (never frozen) and sustainable seafood mainly from the Pacific Coast. Try the chef’s choice sashimi platter for two or three mouths ($24), or, for instant gratification, get the made-to-order sweet and sour salmon poke or spicy tuna bowl ($14 each). 8015 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, 480.621.5121

The Meat Market
“Responsibly raised. Respectfully butchered” is the calling card at this “whole-animal” butcher shop, where customers get custom cuts of pasture-raised meats from small family farms predominantly in Arizona. Stop in for fresh sausage sandwiches ($7) and take home a crockpot or paleo-friendly meal, a quart of chuck wagon chili ($22) and burgers stuffed with Swiss cheese and mushrooms or cotija and poblanos ($14 per pound) for a barbecue spread beyond belief. 37636 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, 480.575.4358