I know it's too late for Valentine's Day, but I've gotta send a little love to this old-skool butcher, on Warner at Springdale, in HB. I stopped in this past Sunday, after a few months' absence. I don't come here very often because it's a bit of a trek for me (I live in Tustin), and while we're definitely not vegetarians, we don't eat a lot of red meat on a day-to-day basis. We're of the philosophy that when we do go, we go for the good stuff, though.
Anyway I went in without a specific agenda - often when I do pay a visit here, it's for some of their excellent dry-aged, prime steak. Everything here is very good,and very well-priced - for example I'm pretty sure their dry-aged prime ribeye steaks are around half the price of what you would pay at Whole Foods, and they are truly excellent IMO. Also, all of the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful,
On this occasion I bought a couple of smoked pork chops, cut to about 1 1/4" thickness, and boy were they delilcious ! Since they had already been cooked by the smoking process, I just gave them a quick heat-through on a hot grill, to get some nice grill marks. My wife, who kind of rolled her eyes when she'd seen me come through the door ("don't we already have enough food?") with my Beef Palace bounty, was instantly sold once she tasted the smoked chop ("this tastes like bacon!!! I love this...")
Here's the other thing to know about Beef Palace - there is a large metal bin next to their cash register. This bin contains large baking potatoes, which you are invited to help yourself to. I just think this is so great, it's old-fashioned and generous. BTW, the cash register is old-fashioned too - it does not accept credit or ATM cards - cash or check only.
I also bought something that they make in-house and is apparently a new product - a couple pounds of their pepper sausage. These bad boys went into my freezer but I can't wait to grill these pork sausages up.
They also have several of their house seasoned salt and rubs for sale - these are great too. And the butcher will also gladly sprinkle the house seasoning on any of your purchases before he wraps it up. Oh, and they sell assorted breads and rolls from a local bakery (Gelasso's IIRC), and they have the pretzel rolls from nearby Brewbaker's too.
I only wish I lived closer to this place....