Minnesotans have plenty of options when it comes to where they buy their meat, but these 10 butchers are The Growler editorial team’s favorites in the state. They offer their customers the personal touch of the small, neighborhood market with the knowledge that comes from generations of hands-on experience. Have your own favorite local butcher? See if they’re included in The Growler’s online guide to Minnesota’s meat purveyors in the map below or at growlermag.com/meat.
Big Steer Meats
1766 E Minnehaha Ave, St. Paul, bigsteermeats.com
Residents of St. Paul’s East Side in want of a good steak know they need look no further than the immense black silhouette of a steer gracing the sign outside of Big Steer Meats on Minnehaha Avenue. Since 1978, the Cory family has been breaking down whole animals into premium cuts of meat for the home kitchen. A simple, no frills butcher shop, Big Steer Meats is known best for its Italian-spiced sausages and wild-game processing.
Clancey’s Meat and Fish
4307 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, clanceysmeats.com
Much like the Linden Hills neighborhood it calls home, Clancey’s Meat & Fish is a marriage of classic neighborhood vibes and modern sensibilities. This butcher shop is a purveyor of high-quality, locally-sourced, sustainably-raised meats. Looking for hard-to-find protein like pork belly or suckling pig? Clancey’s can get it for you. The staff’s knowledge and friendly attitude sets the shop apart as one of the best around.
2330 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis; 74 Snelling Ave S, St. Paul, coastalseafoods.com
Landlocked landlubbers are we Minnesotans. Luckily, the good folks at Coastal Seafoods bring the sea to us. For more than 30 years, Suzanne Weinstein’s venerable fish market has supplied the Twin Cities’ finest seafood restaurants and everyday home cooks with the freshest fish, oysters, and crustaceans from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at its Minneapolis and St. Paul locations.
1833 E 38th St, Minneapolis, everettsmeat.com
Owner and butcher Jack Pflepsen has been behind Everett’s meat counter since 1956. Every piece of meat you see in the south Minneapolis grocery store/meat shop is smoked, carved, roasted, packaged, and anything else you can do to meat in house. Favorites include the breakfast sausage, jalapeno-stuffed beef sticks, and porketta roast.
Hackenmueller’s Meat Market
4159 Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, hackenmuellermeats.com
Hackenmueller’s market is not only notable for its list of handmade sausages and premium cuts of meat, but also for its longevity. This community meat market has served the Robbinsdale area for more than 120 years. For the past 30, Gordy Lindenfelser, the jovial man in white behind the counter sporting a bushy mustache, has owned and operated the shop, each day proving there’s still a place in our world for an honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned butcher.
215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, kramarczuks.com
Authenticity is the name of the game at Kramarczuk’s, the Northeast Minneapolis standard for Eastern European fare. Founded by Ukrainian emigrants Wasyl and Anna Kramarczuk in 1954, Kramarczuk’s is not only a delicatessen, but also a bakery and restaurant. Best known for its 40 varieties of handmade sausages, customers flock to Kramarczuk’s for a truly European food experience.
Red Table Meat
1401 Marshall St NE #100, Minneapolis, redtablemeatco.com
Mike Phillips of Red Table Meat Co. knows the recipe for perfect salumi is one part knowledge, one part quality ingredients, and a whole lot of patience. His uncompromising adherence to traditional dry-curing methods yields coppas, salamis, and pancettas so decadent they are dinner and dessert. Aged anywhere from three weeks to six months, they are 100 percent worth the wait.
Thielen Meats of Pierz
310 N Main St, Pierz, thielen-meats.com
In 2002, Thielen Meats, set in the small central Minnesota town of Pierz, made national headlines in the New York Times for its bacon. But Pierz residents and savvy metropolitans knew well before the article that this family-owned butcher shop, started in 1922, is the real deal. Current owners Matt, Andy, and Joe Thielen continue to use the bacon-smoking method their great-grandfather and founder Pat Thielen perfected and residents love.
1936 Saint Clair Ave, St. Paul, widmersmarket.com
Family-owned Widmer’s Supermarket has served the Mac-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul since 1958. While it is a fully stocked grocery store, Widmer’s tagline “The Best in Meats” shows what sets them apart from the mega-marts. Between their dry-aged beef, all-natural pork, free-range chicken, homemade beef jerky, and homemade sausages and bratwurst, Widmer’s butchers provide customers with plenty of choices and friendly service.
Wrazidlo’s Old World Meats
226 N Basswood Ave, Duluth, oldworldmeats.net
Wrazidlo’s Old World Meats is a third-generation butcher shop with deep traditions, all-natural meats, and as much charm as it has sausage. Opened in 1951 by Frank Wrazidlo, a young German immigrant, the shop is now operated by Frank’s grandson, Paul—a guy with all the Old World tricks and family secrets that make this shop great.
The map below lists meat purveyors in Minnesota, organized by butcher shops & sausage makers, seafood & smoked fish, specialty meats, meat processors, halal markets and a vegan butcher (yes, you read that right).
Click the icon in the upper-lefthand corner of the map to display the list and toggle categories on and off. Click on individual locations for contact information. Have a favorite place that’s not listed here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have them added.