In a county where outdoor barbecues are held year-round, it might not seem like a big deal that Memorial Day weekend is considered the start of grilling season. But it’s the last National Day weekend before our summer heat kicks in – reason enough to fire up the grill.
And if you’re looking for butcher-grade meats to grill, you’ve got some great local options, markets full of holiday-worthy cuts.
Here is a mini-guide to local specialty meat markets:
The butcher and the bar
This hybrid company combines a full-service butcher with a casual full-service restaurant and bar that specializes in quality meats, homemade pickles, and local produce and serves cocktails and local beers on tap.
At the butcher’s counter, you’ll find grass-fed beef and pork, steak cuts including rib eye, New York strip loin, tri-tip, ribs and tenderloin. The pork and beef sausages are homemade, as are the different types of pickles (jalapeños, green tomatoes, classic dill). Deli meats are dried on site and bacon and ham are smoked on site. There’s homemade bologna, scrapple and kielbasa as well as local eggs from Holman’s Harvest Farm in Loxahatchee Groves.
“We literally have everything you need for an outdoor barbecue,” says butcher Logan Gates. “We even make our own hot sauces and pickles.”
Open in Boynton Beach since August 2020, The Butcher and the Bar offers indoor and outdoor seating and serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Gates says he expects the butcher’s counter to offer Memorial Day weekend specials, which will be posted on the bar/market’s social media pages.
- The Butcher and Bar: 510 E. Ocean Ave., Unit 101, Boynton Beach, 561-903-7630, ButcherandBar.com; Butcher counter open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed on Monday
Okeechobee Prime Meat Market
Bustling part of the Okeechobee Steakhouse family, this specialty meat market features the same select meats served at the iconic steakhouse. It offers a variety of dry-aged and wet-aged steaks, steakhouse burgers, Wagyu beef and all-beef Angus hot dogs, as well as a range of other quality meats.
Steakhouse aficionados might enjoy the market’s prepared and packaged foods, including steakhouse entrees, popular sides, and desserts. Add to that Okeechobee Steakhouse exclusive wines, yachting provisions and sauces and you have options that go beyond the cozy space.
- Okeechobee Prime Meat Market: 1959 Wabasso Dr., West Palm Beach, 561-570-7200, OkeePrimeMeats.com; open every day from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Palm Beach Meats
High-quality Wagyu beef from Japan and Australia takes pride of place in this West Palm Beach Meat Market and temporary place.
“Ninety percent of what we sell is Wagyu,” says co-owner Eric San Pedro, who opened the shop in June 2021.
The Australian Wagyu picanha is increasingly popular in the market. This is a classic Brazilian cut that has gained popularity in this country.
“It’s the most tender part of the sirloin, tender and boldly flavored,” says San Pedro.
Also popular in barbecue-ready meats, Australian Wagyu brisket comes from purebred or “pureblood” cattle, he says.
Wagyu is expensive whether from Japan or Australia. At Palm Beach Meats, Australian cuts of Wagyu sell for between $40 a pound and around $90 a pound, depending on cut and quality. The price of Japanese Wagyu cuts ranges from $130 to $150 per pound.
During Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, the market offers a 15% discount on all meats, says San Pedro.
- Palm Beach Meats: 4812 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, 561-623-7471, PalmBeachMeats.com; open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Monday
Major specialized markets
Doris Italian Market
With locations in North Palm Beach and Boca Raton, it’s one of the county’s go-to markets for Italian goods, from imported pastas to freshly baked breads.
The butcher counter, which sells everything from classic “Sunday gravy” meats to prime steaks, regularly offers holiday specials and packages.
To celebrate Memorial Day and kick off BBQ season, Doris’ Meat Department is offering a Gourmet Burger Package through May 31. burgers (hot or sweet) and four chicken burgers (Italian cheese or dried tomato).
- Doris Italian Market: In North Palm Beach at 11239 US Hwy 1, in Boca Raton at 9101 Lakeridge Blvd. (Yamato Road, west of Lyons Road); DorisMarket.com
Joseph’s Classic Market
Popular for its wide variety of prepared foods, this family-owned local specialty market chain offers butcher-grade meats that are hand-cut at each of Palm Beach County’s three market locations.
For those who prefer grilling fish, there are fresh fish options at the fish counter in the market.
Weekly specials are posted on Joseph’s website, JosephsClassicMarket.com.
- Joseph’s Classic Market: In Palm Beach Gardens at 4409 Northlake Blvd., in Delray Beach at 8918 W. Atlantic Ave., in Boca Raton at 6000 Glades Rd.
Carmine Gourmet Market
North County restaurateur Carmine Giardini got his start as a butcher and opened his first South Florida meat market in Broward County in 1972. His interest in high-quality meats continues today. today in its bustling Carmine’s Gourmet Market, where the butcher offers a variety of steaks. including cuts of Japanese and Australian Wagyu beef.
The Butcher’s Counter is adjacent to Carmine’s Seafood Crates, which feature a decent range of fish and seafood.
Specials from the two butcher and seafood counters are posted on the market’s website at Carmines.com.
- Carmine Gourmet Market: 2401 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-775-0105