The meat case at your standard supermarket is a sad, soulless, shrink-wrapped affair. For boneless, skinless chicken breast, ground beef, or pork chops, it'll do in a pinch, but when you want something a cut above, head to one of these specialty meat markets. In honor of Barbecue Week, here's an updated guide to the shops that can set you up with everything you need for your own backyard barbecue. You supply the flame, they'll supply the flavor.
A dedicated butcher shop offers the trifecta for the carnivore connoisseur or the would-be grill master: quality, selection, and service. Need inch-thick rib-eye steaks? Just ask. Don't know how to properly roast lamb shank? Get suggestions. Want a pork crown roast for a party? Call ahead, and it can be waiting for you. Looking for game, offal, or uncommon cuts? These folks have you covered.