A good butcher makes all the difference in the quality of your steak dinner or sausage for your next BBQ or cookout. Here’s where to find the best quality meat and service in Austin.
Salt & Time
Salt & Time is an East Austin establishment whose sleek contemporary design is matched by exceedingly high standards for all of their various meat products on hand. This full service butcher shop offers only sustainably raised and locally sourced meats, as well as serving farm-to-table meals like their sunny-side up egg-topped pork chop covered in a delicious smattering of gravy. Any time of day is excellent for enjoying their house-made salumi and sausages with your choice of beer, coffee, or wine.
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Longhorn Meat Co
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Longhorn Meat Co is like the butcher your parents frequented when they were kids (literally) – but don’t let the slightly retro, run-down appearance of the building scare you away. Their meats are fresh and very affordable, and they’ll fill orders for any cut or breed you might need. The service is always great and prices are lower than local grocery store chains, making Longhorn Meat Co a reliable Austin favorite.
Lee’s Meat Market is, simply put, a locally owned business selling superb meats. It’s both a butcher and restaurant preparing dishes with only the best quality cuts. While you’re there grab a beef tenderloin salad or hire them as the caterer for your next event. Depending on the size of your guest list they can prepare party trays including pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, or beef tenderloin with your choice of sauce, sides, and dinner rolls.
Dai Due sources their meat from local Texas ranchers who practice humane and sustainable farming, selling a wide variety from grass-fed beef to quail. You can take a trip to stock up on meat or spend Sunday morning enjoying their phenomenal brunch. Try their boar burger or cured meats platter complete with pickled sausage, sauerkraut, and various sauces.
La Michocana Meat Market is Texas’ quickest path to delicious Mexican dining. The grocery store that began in Houston is now a bona fide chain with locations all throughout Texas. It’s the go-to place to purchase authentic Mexican groceries and meals like caldo, and it’s also a great place to purchase your weekly meats. Their specialties range from beef tongue to ribs and goat, and all products are fresh and fair in price.
Johnny G’s Butcher Block sells products you might not find anywhere else, including fresh rabbit, quail, pork belly, and tripe. Imagine an old-time butcher shop specializing in not only quality meats but quality service. You can also take your game here for processing; they’re known to make some delicious venison jerky.
Given the name, it’s no surprise that Smokey Denmark serves delicious smoked brisket and other smoked meats. The family-owned establishment delivers in quality and experience, which extends to processing your wild game for you. They make jerky and even italian sausage with the meat you give them and you can expect the end product to taste top-notch. Make sure to stop by their food truck Tuesday through Friday to pick up some smoked brisket, green chile corn on the cob, or smoke beef sausage.
H.E.B is a beloved grocery story throughout Austin, San Antonio, and now even even certain parts of Mexico. Although it’s a big chain many Texans will tell you it feels like you’re walking into your friendly neighborhood grocer. They support local businesses and take pride in the products they sell, a philosophy that extends to their fresh meat. Nothing is injected with water, sodium phosphate, or any other chemicals, and it is all sourced from responsible Texas farmers and handled by experienced butchers.