What YP doesn’t love to host (or, well, probably prefer to go to) a swanky dinner party? As a host, planning one takes time, and effortlessly (read: making it seem effortless) executing one takes talent. Of course, no dinner is complete without a meat-based main dish (it’s Calgary, what can you expect!) so if you want to wow your guests with succulent and delicious food, check out this list of our five favourite Calgary butchers.
Second to None Meats
Second To None Meats serves Calgarians some of the finest quality free range and naturally raised meats. Their chicken, lamb and pork come from a few small family farms, while the naturally raised Alberta beef they sell is their own as the rancher is a partner in the stores. Skillfully prepared in house by knowledgeable and trained master butchers, they pride themselves in providing custom cuts and packaging. 2 locations: 14 – 7400 MacLeod Trail S and 3 – 2100 4 Street SW.
Horizon Meats Butcher Shop
This “Olde Fashioned Retail Butcher Shoppe” has been offering quality products and custom cutting since 1983. A full retail butcher shop, there is a great selection of Alberta beef, Alberta pork, Alberta chicken, Albertan Tibetan Yak, and various seafood; they also process wild game animals, sausage and jerky in house. For the more adventurous young professional, they supply a variety of exotic meats (alligator, rattlesnake, ostrich, etc.) to impress your guests. 1 – 3610 29 Street NE.
Bon Ton Meat Market
Perhaps one of the oldest shops in Calgary, this family-owned and operated business has been a staple since 1921. With 3,000 sq. ft., Bon Ton has one of the largest selections in quality meats, as well as a large full service deli. Not only do they carry staples such as beef, chicken, and pork they also have an extensive selection of exotic choices including caribou, rabbit, and fois gras. 10 – 1941 Uxbridge Dr NW.
SA Meat Shops
For the young professional who has a global palette this is the butcher for you. SA Meat Shops provides a range of meat products, baked goods, and grocery items that are uniquely South African. The owner, a South African expat, imports South African spices, and uses the highest quality Albertan beef and pork to provide Calgarians with the authentic flavours of his native cuisine. 106 – 2120 Kensington Road NW.
Jans Meat and Delicatessen
This family owned and operated Polish butcher and deli carries fresh AA beef and pork, free-range chickens, and lamb. With an in-house smokehouse, Jans boasts some of the city’s best smoked goods including hot-smoked, sugar-cured wild salmon, European bacon, back bacon, ten types of smoked sausage, and an impressive array of pork rouladen stuffed with herbs and bacon or ground meats. In addition, they carry an array of Eruopean treats. 403-270-8334, 2436 – 2nd Ave NW.