Best of Boston

BEST Butcher

2016 BEST Butcher

M. F. Dulock


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
Photograph by Marian Siljeholm

Savenor’s 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


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
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»

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»

2007 BEST Butcher



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 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»