Guide to Best Neighborhood Butcher Shops in Seattle
Seems in days gone by, everyone wanted a good barber, a good bakery and a good butcher. Remember Sam from the Brady Bunch? Now that was service with a smile. Today in Seattle, you can still find that friendly service, with quality meats and a nod towards being local, organic and sustainable, too.
Rain Shadow Meats
1531 Melrose Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Rain Shadow Meats is a full service butchery featuring all local meats, house made Charcutiere, and a custom curing room. Rain Shadow is centrally located in the new Melrose Market at the base of Capitol Hill in downtown Seattle. They want to bring back the local neighborhood butcher with an emphasis on whole animal butchery, education, and the creation of community. Rain Shadow works with local farms to provide farmers with a means to reach the public through its customers and to guarantee the highest quality products. Their ground meats are 100% meat — beef, pork and lamb.
3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
The Swinery is Seattle’s first and only sustainable butcher and meat shop. They use “old school” practices such as buying only whole animals and using the whole thing. Old-world influences and modern practices combine in their West Seattle shop to produce incredible meats and sausages with amazing flavors. The Swinery is dedicated to the revival of responsibility and awareness in meat consumption and to enthusiastic appreciation for flavor and quality. Take home some steaks and chops, dried and smoked meats, house-made sausages and bacon or world-renowned cheeses.
Bill the Butcher
3600 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
With three Seattle locations, and shops in Redmond, Bellevue and Woodinville, Bill the Butcher believes in supporting sustainable farming practices and working with local farmers and ranchers who raise beef, pork and poultry without hormones, steroids and genetically modified feed. This Seattle-based company also features open pastured organic and natural grass fed beef that has not been artificially and intentionally fattened on corn. This gentle and natural diet creates meat that is high in Omega 3 and 6 essential oils and is far healthier than traditional beef raised in a feedlot. You are welcome to order online from their website and pick up your order at the location of your choice. Shops are open from 12:00pm – 7:00pm seven days a week.
Don and Joe’s Meats
85 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Since 1969, Don and Joe’s Meats has adhered to their commitment to offer the finest quality of meat to their customers in a friendly and personalized manner. If you’re looking for something a bit exotic, like quail or pheasant, you’re likely to find it at Don and Joe’s. A staple in the Seattle Pike Place Market, their recently renovated space is updated and classy.
A & J Meats and Seafood
2401 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
A Queen Anne neighborhood fixture for over 50 years, when you ask folks about A & J Meats, they talk about breakfast. Several types of smoked bacon and sausage make any weekend breakfast more delicious. Fresh cuts of meat they’ll prepare for you at the counter, just like the good old days. Friendly service and a loyalty of customers who keep bringing their kids back for those special hotdogs, it’s the kind of customer service you’ll head back for.