Hound favorites include:
• Sulmona Meat Market, which "cuts off a piece of chuck" and grinds it to order, "unless you ask them to grind something else," says 9lives.
• Roche Bros' 85 percent lean ground chuck: "It's magical. I don't know why it's so good or so much better than 85 percent ground chuck anywhere else, but it is," says Eatin in Woostah. It's on sale for $1.99 a pound each Friday.
• Tony's Market in Roslindale Square: "The texture is wonderful, the flavor amazing, and even if you cook it to a full medium/medium-well (not even a blush of pink in the center, which I consider a fine medium), it still retains its juiciness," says devilham.
Sulmona Meat Market [North End]
32 Parmenter Street, Boston
Roche Bros Supermarket [North of Boston]
34 Cambridge Street, Burlington
Tony's Market [Roslindale]
4253 Washington Street, Boston