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Mapping Seattle's Killer Butcher Shops

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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.

Note: Map points are listed geographically from south to north; no ranking is implied. See any vital omissions? Hit up the comments, send an email, or take to the forums to share your insights.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. B&E Meats & Seafood

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2401 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 284-3885
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When A&J Meats, who'd done business at this Queen Anne location for over 60 years, closed in late 2014, neighbors worried that the space would end up as another coffee shop, or worse, condominiums. Then B&E stepped in. This family-owned enterprise has nearly 60 years of its own history, with locations in Burien, Newcastle, and Des Moines. The company quickly filled the void, with meat cuts ranging from dry aged steaks to kalbi-marinated short ribs, plus seafood choices like fresh scallops, stuffed salmon fillets, and smoked salmon "candy."

2. Better Meat Co.

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305 NW 82nd St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 783-0570
A non-descript storefront, located between Ballard and Greenwood, belies the bounty of offerings inside, from chicken wings to whole pigs. This hidden gem is known for its quality, its (mostly) locally-sourced beef, pork, and poultry, and its knowledgeable staff. Pre-order prime rib for the holidays, hook up your canine friends with bones, or get the scoop from the friendly staff on what cuts work best for the grill.

3. Bob's Quality Meats

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4861 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 725-1221
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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Bob's Quality Meats in Columbia City came back stronger than ever after a devastating fire in the summer of 2015. The shop offers a wide range of products, from goat and duck to elk and venison. You’ll find free-range, organic turkeys, dry-aged steaks, and less glamorous cuts like beef tongue, pig’s feet, and gizzards. And while you’re there, pick yourself up some of the store's house-made beef jerky — you’ll be snacking on it all the way home.

4. Don & Joe's Meats

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85 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7670
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Two words: Trail Mix. And not the seeds-and-berries variety. Bits of beef stick, smoked cheddar, beef jerky, and landjäger mixed together will keep you fueled on your next hike, even if it is just through the throngs of tourists at this PIke Place Market landmark. Don & Joe’s has been firmly on the radar of area gourmands for over 50 years. It’s remained a reliable source for everything from honeycomb tripe, duck fat, and fresh goose to quail, duck, pheasant, and other game birds.

5. Double DD Meats

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5602 232nd St SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
(425) 778-7363
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Northenders in the know head to “Double D’s” for everything from house-made sausages and thick-cut rib-eyes to ham hocks, oxtail, and marinated carne asada ready for the grill. Love bacon? Choose between Canadian bacon or British-style cottage bacon, or opt for the house-made version. This family-owned operation has been around since 1955, and offers game processing and custom smoking, in addition to perhaps the largest selection of hot sauces (about 2,000) in the U.S.

6. Marx Foods

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144 Western Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 447-1818
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Looking for heritage breed pork or exotic meats? This Lower Queen Anne gourmet shop has you covered, though no longer with a retail storefront. Order online for a selection including Mangalitsa and Kurobuta pork, wild boar, and duck breast, in addition to alligator, kangaroo, ostrich, bison, yak, and more. Looking for insects to fry up for a crunchy amuse bouche? You've come to the right place. And there are lots of unique and specialty items like oils, vinegars, spices, beans, and grains, all of which will take your next party from ordinary to out-of-this-world. Note that in-store pick-up is still an option for locals who want to avoid shipping fees.

7. Rain Shadow Meats

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA
(206) 467-6328
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With retail and dine-in locations in Pioneer Square and inside Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market, Rain Shadow Meats is one of the hippest spots on a list filled with old-timey destinations. The house-made pates, terrines, rillettes, and charcuterie here will knock your socks off. Items like lamb crepinettes, dry-aged steaks, and housemade hot dogs are all made with high quality, locally-sourced, humanely-raised meats. A tip of the pork pie hat to you, sirs.

8. Meat The Live Butcher

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9432 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 762-6328
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Before meeting the live butcher, you'll "meat" Bernie, the life-sized Angus bull statue that is the landmark of this longstanding White Center butcher shop. Inside, plenty of Angus beef is available, in addition to marinated meats and bacon-wrapped shrimp ready for kabobs, beefy steaks, and cuts of lamb, chicken, and pork. Grab some beef sticks or landjäger to snack on while you cook your purchases back home.

9. The Swinery

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3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-4211
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West Seattle's shrine to swine since 2009 will fill your belly and stock your fridge in one fell swoop — and it'll do so sustainably, with local animals. The burgers and sandwiches are legendary: pulled pork, pulled lamb, pork belly, and more will satisfy your appetite before you literally bring home the bacon. English bacon, pepper bacon, your pick. There are also house-made sausages like kielbasa, andouille, boudin noir, and merguez, plus meat cuts ranging from rack of lamb and hangar steak to Flintstones-sized rib eyes.

1. B&E Meats & Seafood

2401 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
When A&J Meats, who'd done business at this Queen Anne location for over 60 years, closed in late 2014, neighbors worried that the space would end up as another coffee shop, or worse, condominiums. Then B&E stepped in. This family-owned enterprise has nearly 60 years of its own history, with locations in Burien, Newcastle, and Des Moines. The company quickly filled the void, with meat cuts ranging from dry aged steaks to kalbi-marinated short ribs, plus seafood choices like fresh scallops, stuffed salmon fillets, and smoked salmon "candy."
2401 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

2. Better Meat Co.

305 NW 82nd St, Seattle, WA 98117
A non-descript storefront, located between Ballard and Greenwood, belies the bounty of offerings inside, from chicken wings to whole pigs. This hidden gem is known for its quality, its (mostly) locally-sourced beef, pork, and poultry, and its knowledgeable staff. Pre-order prime rib for the holidays, hook up your canine friends with bones, or get the scoop from the friendly staff on what cuts work best for the grill.
305 NW 82nd St
Seattle, WA 98117

3. Bob's Quality Meats

4861 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Bob's Quality Meats in Columbia City came back stronger than ever after a devastating fire in the summer of 2015. The shop offers a wide range of products, from goat and duck to elk and venison. You’ll find free-range, organic turkeys, dry-aged steaks, and less glamorous cuts like beef tongue, pig’s feet, and gizzards. And while you’re there, pick yourself up some of the store's house-made beef jerky — you’ll be snacking on it all the way home.
4861 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

4. Don & Joe's Meats

85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Two words: Trail Mix. And not the seeds-and-berries variety. Bits of beef stick, smoked cheddar, beef jerky, and landjäger mixed together will keep you fueled on your next hike, even if it is just through the throngs of tourists at this PIke Place Market landmark. Don & Joe’s has been firmly on the radar of area gourmands for over 50 years. It’s remained a reliable source for everything from honeycomb tripe, duck fat, and fresh goose to quail, duck, pheasant, and other game birds.
85 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Double DD Meats

5602 232nd St SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Northenders in the know head to “Double D’s” for everything from house-made sausages and thick-cut rib-eyes to ham hocks, oxtail, and marinated carne asada ready for the grill. Love bacon? Choose between Canadian bacon or British-style cottage bacon, or opt for the house-made version. This family-owned operation has been around since 1955, and offers game processing and custom smoking, in addition to perhaps the largest selection of hot sauces (about 2,000) in the U.S.
5602 232nd St SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

6. Marx Foods

144 Western Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
Looking for heritage breed pork or exotic meats? This Lower Queen Anne gourmet shop has you covered, though no longer with a retail storefront. Order online for a selection including Mangalitsa and Kurobuta pork, wild boar, and duck breast, in addition to alligator, kangaroo, ostrich, bison, yak, and more. Looking for insects to fry up for a crunchy amuse bouche? You've come to the right place. And there are lots of unique and specialty items like oils, vinegars, spices, beans, and grains, all of which will take your next party from ordinary to out-of-this-world. Note that in-store pick-up is still an option for locals who want to avoid shipping fees.
144 Western Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

7. Rain Shadow Meats

1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA
With retail and dine-in locations in Pioneer Square and inside Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market, Rain Shadow Meats is one of the hippest spots on a list filled with old-timey destinations. The house-made pates, terrines, rillettes, and charcuterie here will knock your socks off. Items like lamb crepinettes, dry-aged steaks, and housemade hot dogs are all made with high quality, locally-sourced, humanely-raised meats. A tip of the pork pie hat to you, sirs.
1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA

8. Meat The Live Butcher

9432 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Before meeting the live butcher, you'll "meat" Bernie, the life-sized Angus bull statue that is the landmark of this longstanding White Center butcher shop. Inside, plenty of Angus beef is available, in addition to marinated meats and bacon-wrapped shrimp ready for kabobs, beefy steaks, and cuts of lamb, chicken, and pork. Grab some beef sticks or landjäger to snack on while you cook your purchases back home.
9432 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

9. The Swinery

3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
West Seattle's shrine to swine since 2009 will fill your belly and stock your fridge in one fell swoop — and it'll do so sustainably, with local animals. The burgers and sandwiches are legendary: pulled pork, pulled lamb, pork belly, and more will satisfy your appetite before you literally bring home the bacon. English bacon, pepper bacon, your pick. There are also house-made sausages like kielbasa, andouille, boudin noir, and merguez, plus meat cuts ranging from rack of lamb and hangar steak to Flintstones-sized rib eyes.
3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

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