I was looking for lamb shanks yesterday, called a few butchers I like (Bari and Lincoln Quality Meat Market) but neither of them had any in stock. So I was over on Kedzie and Lawrence in the afternoon and decided to try out City Noor Market (which a couple people have mentioned on this board).
What a delightful place and a true a why-haven't-I-come-here-sooner experience. I was greeted warmly by a man behind the counter who told me that they only had one fresh lamb shank but it was good size, and then he said somewhat apologetically that he several frozen shanks in back. I took the fresh one, it was large enough to make a small-ish lamb ragout with and then save the actual shank bone for the upcoming Seder at my in-law's. I also bought 8 stunning baby lamb chops which the woman helping behind the other counter helped me choose. They were still on the rack/rib (? I wish I had a better grasp on my cuts of meat) and she sawed them off one by one. We'll be having these tonight, after they've briefly bathed in a slathering of olive oil, garlic and rosemary.
I can't recall the last time I had a female butcher so this made me smile. Both she and the gentleman (husband and wife? I have no idea) made me feel welcome, asking me if I lived in the neighborhood, urging me to come back again, etc.
All of the meat looked fresh with good coloring. It's a small but tidy, bright shop. I was sort of in lamb myopia but it appears that they have beef, chicken, sausages. I also grabbed some paprika which was a nice price of $3 for a large container. Perfect for the brisket my husband is threatening to make next week.
Oh and their meat is Halal--I'm not entirely sure what that means but I believe it has something to do with how it is slaughtered/processed. Help me out here someone who knows and can articulate it better.
City Noor Meat
4718 N. Kedzie Ave.