The 10 Best New-School Butcher Shops in America

Get to know the cleaver-wielding men and women behind some of the country’s finest meat purveyors.


The Swinery (Seattle, Washington)

Old-world influences meet new-world practices at Seattle’s first sustainable butcher. Whole animals are sourced from within 300 miles of the shop, where they are carted in to be aged, hung, boiled in wine, and brined. In addition to the Mexican chorizo, cotechino, and Muscovy duck, there are also plenty of grilled specialties cooked out back. Order house-blended burgers, bacon hotdogs, and danger fries (handcut and cooked in rendered pork fat) topped with bacon-blue-cheese-béchamel sauce to eat in the cozy brick courtyard. 3207 California Ave SW between Hanford and Hinds Sts, Seattle, WA (206-932-4211,

  • Ann

    I don’t want to interfere with anyone’s preconceived idea that Houston is some hillbilly backwater by pointing out we’ve had Revival Market, a sustainable butcher shop since early spring 2011.

    • Greatscot

      I was looking through the list waiting for Revival to show up. Very disappointed it was left off, in favor of a market that is “in the works” for Austin.

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  • ChefJune

    I’m thrilled that butchering is undergoing a revival in the USA because it gives hope that quality meats will continue to be available. (Lord knows the stuff sold in most supermarkets is not safe to eat!)

    But somehow this article takes away from the fact that there have been and continue to be — for decades — fine butcher shops in many US cities. I realize there are not as many as there used to be, but they do exist. And I think they should be celebrated, rather than relegated to some dusty closet on the side as if they weren’t there at all.

    Check out the butchers who’ve been operating in New York for many years. They don’t go looking for publicity….. likewise Chicago and Boston. I can’t speak for other cities because I’m not conversant with their foodways, but I’m sure these places are not alone.

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  • Benjamin Runkle

    By the way, Salt & Time is open now!

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  • new forever customer

    I came accross a local meat market called ” Kenrick’s Meats” its a small shop in St. Louis Missouri and it has a variety of everything from 80 types of bratwurst (all made in house) to lunch meats and cheeses some of which are also made in house. I strongly suggest giving this place a try i have heard they can also ship to anywhere in the U.S.. With the location being in St. Louis they have what they call ” Pork Steaks” ready to go at all times! Check them out!

  • Trapper

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  • eric senie

    will investors love to franchise butcher shops in Africa?? There is a potential market lying unexploited for years and now , i think it is due tym that investors get down to the developing countries to promote the consumption of animal product through packaging and destribution to take care of protein deficiency in children to enhance mental strenght.

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