Meat with a Side of Nostalgia: The Seven Best Butcher Shops in Dallas

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Matador Meat & Wine
8200 Preston Road, Plano
If you buy a nice steak at a restaurant, you're probably going to want to buy a nice bottle of wine to go with it. The pursuit of solid restaurant-quality proteins with small production wines spawned this place, which later added craft beer. Nothing here arrives pre-cut — and these are beautiful cuts. Hundreds of years ago, people would’ve wanted to paint this meat. Now there are probably people taking pictures of it all day long with their phones. All the beef here is Prime or top-notch Choice. The chickens are locally raised in a pasture free of growth hormones. The dry-aged Prime tenderloin is the best seller at Matador Meat & Wine. Available with or without a bone, this filet can easily be cut with a fork.

Rudolph’s Market and Sausage Factory
2924 Elm St.
Rudolph’s is a Dallas institution that's been around since 1895. Behind the counter you can still see the original front door. Rudolph's is not a modern take on the meat market — Rudolph’s is so old fashioned, it can be seem exotic. If you glance at a picture of the shop from 1950, you'll notice that the cuts are the same today. And at more than 120 years old, Rudolph's just keeps going, hardly noticing if Deep Ellum is booming or if it's been abandoned. They carry Prime and Choice, but this is a massive butcher shop with so many different cuts that they accommodate a variety of budgets. If you can’t afford $20 a pound to spend on steak, tell them. Perhaps an English roast from the chuck will do the trick, and it will cut the price in half.

Local Yocal Farm to Market
213 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney
McKinney Downtown Square is incredibly vibrant, like everything that could possibly be beautiful about a small town crammed into one place. Just off the square is Local Yocal, a butcher shop owned by a rancher. Did you miss the farmers market? If so, this spot sells many of those local products. There are no steroids in this meat — and this protein is worth the drive, especially the wagyu beef that's loaded with healthy fats. They also have Berkshire pork, a naturally-raised, high-quality heritage breed comparable that's sort of like the wagyu of pork. Local Yocal also carries lamb seasonally, but only when it tastes good enough to meet their high standards. 
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Jeremy Hallock

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