Red meat got a bad rap for a while, but it’s made a comeback in the last decade, thanks to the rise of low-carb, keto, and paleo diets, and research that shows that, in moderation, a burger or steak is nothing to worry about. In fact, beef consumption has only grown in popularity over the past couple of years, thanks in part to people bringing the steakhouse experience home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With this growing demand for high-quality, responsibly sourced proteins for home cooking, many farms, restaurants, and butcher shops now deliver nationwide, making it easier to get great quality meat whether you live in a major metropolis or out in the ‘burbs.
No matter if you’re aiming for a five-star beef feast, stocking up for weeknight dinners, or prepping for grilling season, here are a few of our favorite butchers and delivery services that will help you fill your freezer with top notch proteins.
The Best Beef
Chicago Steak Company
In keeping with Chicago’s tradition of excellent meat, this company specializes in hand-cut, midwest-raised, USDA prime beef. Expect finely aged meats from local heritage herds and Kobe-style Wagyu beef. Chicago Steak Company also boasts the largest dry-aging room in the country and pride themselves in their old-world techniques which have become scarce through time. They “really do provide the Ultimate Steak Experience.”
Allen Brothers’s legacy in sourcing only the finest in USDA Prime Beef from the stockyards of Chicago for more than 125 years has forged la reputation for the kind of ultra high quality product that you can’t find at your local grocer. The purveyor ages its grain-fed and pasture-raised products for 60 days as part of a patented aging process in which the beef is dry- or wet-aged prior to cutting. “People are seeing that if they are going to spend good money on a steak, then it has to be the best,” says John DeBenedetti, the brand’s director and EVP of Protein (yes, that’s his real title), who’s noticed an increase in demand for gifting options for the holiday season.
Holy Grail Steak Co.
This is the place to go to get a real taste of highly coveted A5-grade Japanese Wagyu beef; from the iconic Kobe, to Kagoshima, to Wagyu grazed on special diets like olives from Shodoshima Island or fermented rice from the Dassai Sake Brewery. Of course that’s not all they carry—you can also get your hands on USDA prime Black Angus, burgers, Kurobuta pork, as well as American- and Australian-raised Wagyu steaks: everything you need to have a true beef taste-off.
Snake River Farms
Family-owned-and-operated Idaho purveyor Snake River Farms sells its signature American Wagyu beef (tomahawk rib-eye and filet mignon are two popular cuts), dry aged steaks, and Kurobuta pork (their bone-in chops are a must) to discerning customers. “We are involved in the production from start to finish,” said Dave Yasuda, the brand’s director of marketing and ecommerce. “We like to call it a ‘ranch-to-table’ approach since we have control of key steps from genetics all the way to final processing.” If you’re feeding a crowd (or just planning ahead) they also offer provisioning bundles so you can stock up on a dozen NY strips or ribeye filets all in one go.
If you’re looking to simplify your butcher shop shopping, Porter Road offers specialty subscription boxes of their pasture raised, antibiotic free meats, with options like grill-master favorites, breakfast stand-bys, and weeknight basics, so you can get regular deliveries of your protein staples. Of course, you can also go a la carte with a wide range of cuts from their hand-cut meats sourced from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.
This New York-based butcher is a favorite of some of the top steak restaurants in NYC, and for good reason. The butcher shop, which was founded in the early 1920s, has specialized in top-quality meats for close to a century, including everything from perfectly dry aged beef for a rich meaty flavor to silky Wagyu (available in American, Australian, and Japanese varieties) as well as pork from prized Iberico pigs and apple-raised lamb chops, plus game meat, poultry, and cured selections.
Want a one-stop-shop for your meat needs? In addition to the lush, perfectly-aged steaks you’d expect from this Nebraska-based butcher, the brand also offers everything you need to put together stand out meals; from sausage, poultry, and seafood, to sides, sauces, pre-prepped skillet meals—even desserts and wine.
Like a food subscription box, but specifically geared toward meat, this monthly delivery subscription offers plenty of options for every kind of carnivorous dining, including a custom box made of your favorite cuts of grassfed beef, free range chicken, and heritage pork, as well as an all-beef box, a beef and pork box, a beef and chicken option, and a mixed box of carefully chosen tastes—all raised free of antibiotics and added hormones.
The West Coast-centric Belcampo was founded in 2012 after the owners spent years trying to figure out how they could best foster the growth of the sustainable quality food movement. The company’s 25,000-acre organic ranch houses grass-fed cattle from which it sources much of its meat, thus creating a very short supply chain. Look to them for great cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry was well as slab bacon, signature sausages, and bone broth. For nose-to-tail eaters, they’re also one of the rare purveyors to offer offal options.
The Brooklyn-born butcher shop (now located in New Jersey), has been in business since 1922. Its 36,000-square-foot facility has two dry-aging rooms that house over 80,000 steaks at any given time. LaFrieda’s superstar beef can be found at such steakhouse stalwarts as Peter Luger, Porter House New York, and Minetta Tavern—and now, your dining room. (Don’t worry if you’re looking for more than steak—they also offer their specialty burgers, chops, and even top-notch hot dogs online.)
As the name suggests, this family-run farm focusses on 100% certified wagyu beef, born and brought up on their own land in Vermont. Raised on grass, without antibiotics or added hormones, and with a focus on sustainability, this beef is the perfect thing for those who want to get a decadent, authentic taste of this coveted breed, san the international shipping.
Handle all of your grilling needs with this online butcher shop, which not only offers succulent, pasture-raised steaks, but also seasonings and grills to complete the carnivorous package. The service allows you to get hands-on with your selections by building your own box of favorites like marbled ribeyes, tender filets, mega-sized cowboy steaks, and rich burgers made from ground brisket—or get a variety with one of their curated boxes. As a feel-good bonus, all of the meats are delivered to your door by carbon neutral shipping in a biodegradable cooler.
Gourmet Meats and More
Harry & David
Purveyors of gourmet gifts and monthly clubs, Harry & David provides exceptional delivery service of premier fruits, vegetables, beverages, cheeses, and yes, meats. An age-old family business, Harry and David Rosenberg (son’s of an acclaimed 19th-century Seattle Farmer) have defined the gold standard in luxury food delivery, since the 1930’s. And because agriculture is at their roots, Harry & David focuses on responsible farming behaviors in the foods they harvest. They claim to have a reputation “for unmatched quality and customer service.”
It was poultry that made this culinary powerhouse famous, launching in 1985 as the first delivery purveyor of game and foie gras in the States, and fowl remains a top notch choice from the brand’s online store, though it’s no longer the only mainstay. From Thanksgiving turkey to rack of lamb, charcuterie to caviar, this gourmet selection has everything you need for a decadent (and ethically-sourced) feast.
For those craving a taste of something truly unique, Fossil Farms offers an online menu full of esoteric options from all walks of the animal kingdom. Whether you want something traditional like Scottish game meats or something really off the beaten path—think: yak, kangaroo, alligator, and ostrich—this New Jersey supplier has you covered.
A longtime favorite for pre-prepped options like Melissa Cookston BBQ, Flannery Beef, and Willie Bird poultry, this famed gourmet retailer also offers a Butcher Counter service that curates specialty boxes of beef, pork, chicken, and more to make your carnivorous weeknight meal planning a breeze.
Creekstone Farms’s hormone-and-antibiotic-free Duroc pork and Black Angus beef selections are processed in the brand’s state-of-the-art, 450,000-square-foot facility in Arkansas City, Kansas. To give you a sense of how picky they are about their genetics, less than one percent of all cattle harvested in the United States makes it into their facility. The innovative company even collaborated with Dr. Temple Grandin, an expert in the field of animal welfare, to create a set of humane guidelines for handling its cattle.
A tradition founded in New York City’s eclectic Greenwich Village, Murray’s Cheese boasts gourmet cheeses and specialty foods from around the world. The purveyors of luxury cheese and charcuterie offers a wide selection of artisan and house-made specialties and everything you need to put together a veritable smorgasbord of noshes. Additionally, the brand also offers a slew of monthly clubs and subscriptions for delectable gifting.
If you’re looking for a meaty curated meal, this Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse has your back. In addition to their in-house dry aged beef, the NYC restaurant also offers artfully designed meal experiences for delivery, like their Prime Galbi Feast for four people with marinated boneless short ribs, house pickled vegetables, ssamjang sauce, and lettuce for wrapping or their Butcher’s Feast packed with hanger steak, ribeye, Wagyu, and short ribs plus all of the fixings.
US Wellness Meats
With a wide range of offerings covering everything from weeknight roasts and grilling favorites (not to mention poultry, wild caught seafood, game, dairy, and even snacks like pork rinds) this is the spot to shop if you’re craving variety. For those who like to eat nose to tail, they offer offal, ready-to-cook fats (think: beef tallow, duck fat, and leaf lard), and broth-able bones, which can often be a challenge to track down online.
Bone broth has been a hot commodity for the last few years, but for those who want to try the trend (or are already committed) but don’t want to spend the time slowly simmering their own broth, James Beard Award-winning chef Marco Canora makes it even easier by selling his signature broth blends online—frozen and available to ship around the country.
If you want to take your charcuterie board to the next level, look no further than this New Orleans-based butcher shop from award-winning chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski. In addition to decadent house-cured charcuterie, they also offer dinner and grilling packages packed with their signature sausages, chops, and even a jambalaya-stuffed chicken.
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