I am lucky enough to live near Everett’s Food and Meats on 38th Street and Cedar Avenue in south Minneapolis. It’s lucky because they have a great meat counter with actual butchers yes, I said butchers. This little store is really an old-school butcher shop with a good smattering of groceries.
By old-school I mean they don’t feature any local grass-finished beef, free-range chickens, or pasture-raised pork like Clancy’s (which is wonderful). While that might be a shortcoming for the locavore, the store has been family-owned and operated for more than 50 years, and that counts for something in my mind. What it may lack in the locavore department, it makes up for in the great hand-cut USDA Choice steaks, fresh chickens, and handmade traditional style meat offerings such as summer sausage, hard salami, ring bologna, polish sausage, bratwurst, snappy wieners, jerky, et Al. The butchers are friendly, very knowledgeable, and will help guide you in making your meat selections.
With the overwhelming change in the grocery buying dynamic over the last two decades, and most of our meat coming from a package in an anonymous case, it is refreshing to talk to a local trained butcher who has your interest in mind. Everett’s will order just about anything you want in the “land protein” realm if they don’t have it on hand. Also, they custom processed my 100 pounds of venison meat into superb sausages, deer sticks, salami, and summer sausage.