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Old 06-16-2005, 09:37 AM   #1
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No butchers or fishmongers in my city???

I've never really looked for a butcher or fishmonger during the past 5 years I've lived here - just got meat & fish at the local supermarket. Now I'm wanting to find a good local butcher who could maybe cut me some British style back-bacon, or who could provide me with venison or a good filet mignon.....and I can't find one. I searched MSN yellow pages for 'butchers' and for 'fishmongers' but came up with nothing, so then I realised that these definitions might be too old-fashioned, so I tried 'meat markets', 'meat retailers', 'meat stores' .....same with fish. No luck. There are no butchers or fishmongers in Colorado Springs.....am I doing something wrong in my search - any ideas? I'm getting a bit fed-up with the limited range of meats available at the grocery store and their lack of fresh fish. Now I know that these places exist in other parts of the country, because I've seen celebrity chefs on Food Network going into their local butcher/fishmonger and being able to request special cuts of meat etc.,,,,

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Old 06-16-2005, 09:41 AM   #2
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Sounds like you are searching for the right things. You might want to try searching for a deli. A lot of delis act as meat shops. They don't usually have a butcher, but often have a wider variety of meats and some fish than the local supermarket has.
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Old 06-16-2005, 10:40 AM   #3
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I buy all my meat from my local butcher, who is also a farmer and I have an excellent fishmonger, too. I think I'd go mad if I lived in a place where I couldn't access those services directly

Good luck with your search to find a source of fresh meat and fish in your area.
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:00 AM   #4
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It's the same here Paint - option is supermarket only.
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Old 06-16-2005, 02:23 PM   #5
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What part of Colorado are you in? There are certainly specialty meat and gourmet markets in the Denver area.

Fresh fish is more of a problem, because no matter how they ship it, it's still really fresh in name only. We are too far from the ocean for much in the way of good seafood.
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Old 06-16-2005, 02:54 PM   #6
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I have found the butchers at Whole Foods to be quite accomodating.

http://www.wholefoods.com/stores/calendars/PPK.html

And I agree wit RP about the fish. Fish in your area will by necesity have been frozen, so there's not much you can do besides choose a good retailer (Whole Foods here is good for that too) and make sure you choose carefully. ALWAYS smell it.
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Old 06-16-2005, 04:04 PM   #7
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paint, check this out: http://www.coloradospringsnews.com/h...market_bio.htm

i searched for "fresh fish in colorado springs".
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Old 06-16-2005, 04:09 PM   #8
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Way to go BT!

That just about does it all!
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Old 06-16-2005, 06:02 PM   #9
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Paint, we live about a three hour drive from a proper butcher shop, so rarely make the trip.

But have found the butchers at the local supermarkets to be very accommodating (and I am talking about very mainstream supermarket chains here, not the more tony stores).

Would go and talk to one, preferably the meat manager, when the store is not particularly busy.

And would have in mind one or two cuts you are interested in, and then order one, give him a try.

Have found the supermarket butchers very helpful and eager to help (heck, they must get tired of just cutting up the primal cuts they get into the same old steaks and roasts).

As for fish and seafood, we live not very far from the ocean, and still have problems getting decent stuff, so can be of no help there.

Good luck and I hope this helps.
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Old 06-16-2005, 06:23 PM   #10
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WE have a butcher in my area that I LOVE to get hotdogs from. They have a wonderful taste to them.
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