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McKinnon Butcher Shop (Salem NH)

ScubaSteve | | Nov 24, 2007 11:16 AM

sorry folks. i was hoping to find a full service butcher but this ain't it.
sure it looks all petty and stuff but that's about it.

i spoke to them on the phone and said i was looking for specialty meats, the girl said 'like liver and stuff?' to which i said yes. she assured me that they had a full selection of offal.

so i went yesterday and found that not only did not have much of anything along these lines but two 'butchers' i asked didn't even know what Tri-Tip was. it wasn't until i said that it used to be called 'HoneyMoon Roast' did they acknowledge that they sometimes have this. i did find one in the prepared case but it was halved. they said that i could make a special order for a whole one, but i wanted it now.

when i questioned them on their offal selections they had really no clue. sure they had calves liver, chicken livers and the like, but so does MarketBasket. i asked about sweetbreads, kidneys, tongue, hearts (beef) all which got the same reply, 'no, but we an sometimes get them in, frozen, as a special order.' solly chally.

i poked around a bit and their meat case sure look good but i noticed that almost all their steaks are cut pretty thin (<3/4") and again i was told that they could cut a steak thicker but the butcher made a face like i was nuts to want such a thing. as comparison Butcher Boy in No. Andover cuts all their display meats very thick and will cut one down if that's what you want.

stopping at the fish counter i inquired as to whether they cut their fish on premises, they said yes. then i asked if they still had any frames available from that days cutting, and again i had to explain that frames were the heads/bones etc. i did manage to speak to one fishmonger who said that i could come by tomorrow and that he would hold 5#'s of frames for me, but when i came back the next day, no frames, he said they didn't come in that day, wait, what? i thought you said yesterday that you cut fish in-house?

last chance, produce. again, looked real pretty, but when i asked if they had any Rabe they pointed me to a pile of sad, yellowing leaves. ahhh, no thanks.

oh well, my seach continues. at least i have Butcher Boy.

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