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BEST Butcher

2013 BEST Butcher
Photo by Jesse Burke

M. F. Dulock


Anatomy of a Winner: Whether you’re shopping for an elegant dinner party or a simple weeknight meal, you’re sure to find a bevy of options at this Somerville meat specialist. That’s because the butchers here break down whole animals to… read more»

2012 BEST Butcher



A selection of fresh meat and a knowledgeable staff are all you really need to get your carnivore on. Unless, that is, you’ve been spoiled by Savenor’s Cambridge location, where grass-fed, organic, and free-range animals of all stripes (even rattlesnake)… read more»

2011 BEST Butcher



The exotics section—black bear, kangaroo, rattlesnak—may score all the novelty points, but it’s the top quality of the more-conventional meats at this family-run business that has won the dedication of home cooks and area chefs alike (including Julia Child). The… read more»

2009 BEST Butcher



Boston has become a bona fide haven for conscientious carnivores, what with Whole Foods boasting displays packed with New England meats and Lionette’s Market touting pork from central Massachusetts and Vermont. Still, only Savenor’s hits it right on the snout,… read more»

1998 BEST Butcher

John Dewer & Co.

Newton Center

Cognoscenti (including top chefs) admit that it’s impossible to buy better meat anywhere in the city. Great cuts, fair prices (for the extraordinary quality you get), and straight talk about how many racks of lamb you need to feed your… read more»

1997 BEST Butcher

John Dewar and Company

Newton Centre

Recommended by Julia Child and practically every other chef in Boston, this is the place to purchase the tastiest tenderloin, the juiciest goose, and the finest pheasant in town. read more»

1995 BEST Butcher

New England Meat Market


Although this 76-year-old market’s specialty is lamb, its poultry and cuts of beef, pork, and veal are also top-notch. A third of the business is marinated meats, and the lamb kebabs are out of this world. Don’t miss the honey-barbecue… read more»

1992 BEST Butcher

Sulmona Meat Market


For veal, lamb, and especially pork, this is the source. And don’t miss the pancetta. read more»

1984 BEST Butcher

Sulmona Meat Market


Where’s the beef? Here, along with wonderful veal, pork, and rabbit. read more»

1982 BEST Butcher

John Dewar


Four years old, and becoming a legend. read more»