Today's my wife's birthday and she wanted me to make her pork chops. No problem, I'll just go to a "well known" butcher in Scotch Plains and get some great pork chops instead of going to a supermarket. In I go and there are no customers but 3 butchers so I tell on of them my wife's birthday wish and he shows me 8-3/4 inch thick pre-cut chops in the display. I ask him if he has anything thicker with at least some marbling, he says "no, there are no special pork chops, they're all the same, this is western bred." I say that they look like the pork chops that I can buy at ShopRite and that I came to him because of their reputation. He said, "so, do you want them?"
I traveled an extra 15 minutes to Barth's Meats in New Providence where I received 2 1-1/2 thick chops cut to order and was treated nicely. I really do want to support local business people but I guess sometimes you have to support someone else's.