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BEST Butcher

2017 BEST Butcher

Savenor’s Cambridge

Cambridge

“What’s for dinner?” Ask that question to the butchers at this family-owned nose-to-tail institution, and you’ll get plenty of inspiration. Perhaps they could butterfly a veal breast so it’s stuffing-ready? Or maybe you’d prefer a few prime dry-aged steaks for… read more»

2016 BEST Butcher

M. F. Dulock

Somerville

Walk into this shop on a Saturday and you’re likely to run into dining-scene bigwigs like Shepard co-owner René Becker probing for tips on aging steaks or working with off cuts. That’s because owner Michael Dulock and his staff are… read more»

2015 BEST Butcher

Savenor’s Cambridge

Cambridge

Last year, the Cambridge location of this family-owned butcher shop got a facelift. The brighter storefront with local-produce and prepared-foods sections is sure to win over shoppers searching for exotic meats (from camel and python to elk and kangaroo) or… read more»

2014 BEST Butcher

M.F. Dulock

Somerville

There are gems for meat eaters of every stripe at this Somerville shop: owner Michael Dulock’s expert cuts of New England—sourced, pasture-raised lamb, pork, and beef for steadfast locavores; a rotating selection of inventive sausages—bloody mary-inspired beef links, brats infused… read more»

2013 BEST Butcher

M. F. Dulock

Somerville

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

Savenor’s

Boston

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

Savenor’s

Cambridge

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»

2007 BEST Butcher

Savenor’s

Boston

Julia Child loved Savenor’s because it offered the finest cuts and good advice on what to do with them. The same holds true today, whether you seek lamb, prime beef, organic chicken, or trendier fare like kangaroo and yak. read more»

1998 BEST Butcher

John Dewar & Co.

Newton Centre

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»