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Old 08-27-2013, 07:11 AM
 
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A couple other threads got me thinking that it would be interesting to hear about neighborhood markets you think are exceptional, and what product you especially like.

I've posted before about Bridgetown Finer Meats' amazing fish sandwiches that create traffic jams on Fridays during Lent. I also love the ham salad available year-round at Langen's on Cheviot Road across from the White Oak Shopping Center. Paired with the salt rye from Servatii's across the street and a slice of locally grown fresh tomato makes a delicious sandwich.

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Old 08-27-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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My friends in Westwood swear by Wassler's in Cheviot. Seems like a decent place.

I shopped for deli meat mostly at the Newtown Farm Market, which also has good sandwiches and a salad bar, and tables to sit and eat them.

For all I walked by Mariemont Meats almost every day, I never stepped inside the place.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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I do believe the local butcher shop is making a comeback due to the mediocre quality available in the mass market chains. We have a local butcher shop here in Mason - Butcher Bill's.

But the biggest problem they face is having a provider who is consistent in quality. Very difficult when you are a small guy against a huge volume chain.

Years ago Partridge Meats in Cincinnati was such a provider. They delivered everything from luncheon meats to sides of beef to local butchers. For years I dealt with an independent butcher who bought from them. He was located in Montgomery near Indian Hill and employed quite a number of people. He set himself apart from the crowd by the prepared food he offered. He had the equipment and you could order a oven roasted whole turkey or a full standing roast of prime rib for say Thanksgiving or Christmas, and pick it up on the appointed day. He also had all the sides to go with it. One year we had most of our relation at our house for Christmas dinner, the place was jammed with card tables etc in the family room to capture the overflow. I ordered a full standing prime rib roast from Tom along with most of the side dishes. We went down to his shop on Christmas day and picked it up. They had pre-sliced the roast to sizes our household oven could keep at serving temperature. It was a resounding success, the prime rib was fabulous. Tom not only got old and passed away but so did most of the suppliers he dealt with.

In addition, how many independent shops do you know who will be open on Thanksgiving or Christmas until their customers come and pick up what they have ordered? I can't say I blame them, that is a hardship on the independent. But if you want to compete with the chains you have to go the extra nine yards. I believe many independents can do this. Again their biggest problem is finding a supplier who will consistently deliver the product quality they need to charge the premium price.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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I do believe the local butcher shop is making a comeback due to the mediocre quality available in the mass market chains. We have a local butcher shop here in Mason - Butcher Bill's.

But the biggest problem they face is having a provider who is consistent in quality. Very difficult when you are a small guy against a huge volume chain.

Years ago Partridge Meats in Cincinnati was such a provider. They delivered everything from luncheon meats to sides of beef to local butchers. For years I dealt with an independent butcher who bought from them. He was located in Montgomery near Indian Hill and employed quite a number of people. He set himself apart from the crowd by the prepared food he offered. He had the equipment and you could order a oven roasted whole turkey or a full standing roast of prime rib for say Thanksgiving or Christmas, and pick it up on the appointed day. He also had all the sides to go with it. One year we had most of our relation at our house for Christmas dinner, the place was jammed with card tables etc in the family room to capture the overflow. I ordered a full standing prime rib roast from Tom along with most of the side dishes. We went down to his shop on Christmas day and picked it up. They had pre-sliced the roast to sizes our household oven could keep at serving temperature. It was a resounding success, the prime rib was fabulous. Tom not only got old and passed away but so did most of the suppliers he dealt with.

In addition, how many independent shops do you know who will be open on Thanksgiving or Christmas until their customers come and pick up what they have ordered? I can't say I blame them, that is a hardship on the independent. But if you want to compete with the chains you have to go the extra nine yards. I believe many independents can do this. Again their biggest problem is finding a supplier who will consistently deliver the product quality they need to charge the premium price.

Supplier. It's called a slaughterhouse and/or meat packing plant.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Supplier. It's called a slaughterhouse and/or meat packing plant.
Years ago it was much more than just that. Cincinnati had more than one who produced a variety of quality luncheon meats in addition to being a wholesale supplier. And their product was fresh. How many slaughterhouses or meat packing plants or whatever you want to call them exist in Cincinnati today?
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:16 PM
 
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Ah, Butcher Bill's, we go by there all the time. I wondered about that place. I'll check it out.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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CAM asian supermarket in Evendale. Since I was a kid my family has shopped there for various asian foods that you cannot find in your general grocery stores. Depending on your location, it may be more convenient than Jungle Jims. Although, prices have gone up a tad bit.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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Ah, Butcher Bill's, we go by there all the time. I wondered about that place. I'll check it out.
We have a neighbor who works at Butcher Bill's. One of the reasons we started going there again as we can trust her to tell us what is good and what to steer clear of. As I said, quality consistency is probably their biggest problem. Not their fault, the variance in their supplier. No matter what your experience it is difficult to look at a raw product and ascertain its quality. Some of Kroger's Select grade beef looks great in the case but is like shoe leather after you cook it.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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Tell me about it. I bought a $9.99/lb steak at Kroger's that was like a f*&&ing piece of jerky. I can only conclude that most big suppliers simply don't care.

Curiously, Costco's meats, including steaks and chops, have never disappointed us. Never. And they're big.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Tell me about it. I bought a $9.99/lb steak at Kroger's that was like a f*&&ing piece of jerky. I can only conclude that most big suppliers simply don't care.

Curiously, Costco's meats, including steaks and chops, have never disappointed us. Never. And they're big.
If you have one close by, give GFS (Gordon's Food Service) a try. They are primarily a commercial supplier to restaurants, etc. But we like what we can buy there, mostly frozen and in bulk. But we stock our freezer. We like their frozen Cod specifically.

And yes, we are great fans of Costco, particulary items such as canned tuna, salmon, and chicken. Their inhouse brand quality is superb and the price right. Whethe we make tuna, salmon, or chicken salad their brand fits the bill. And BTW the tuna we buy there is albacore, beats the others about ten ways from Sunday.

You have to be discerning in your purchases today. We like to support the independents, but sometimes there is no way they can compete. If they are extremely hard working and attentive, by personal attention and service they may compete with the big boys, but it is not easy. We are dealing more with our local butcher but not at all withdrawn from telling him this whatever we bought here was a POS.
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