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Nashville Area Butcher Shops
by TJ Anderson
Cool news this week for home cooks in The Nations: That Nashville neighborhood is set to get a new butcher shop, Bare Bones Butcher, some time later this year.
Nashville being a pretty food-obsessed city, you’d think we’d have more independent butcher shops, but it’s actually a fairly tight market. A few favorites:
— Porter Road Butcher in East Nashville (which closed its west-side location last year) is probably the best known, and offers a top selection of local and regional, hand-cut meats, plus excellent house-made sausages and hot dogs and the like.
— Cochon Butcher is a special case. The New Orleans-born food stop has a butcher and deli counter and plenty of stuff to take home, but it’s particularly admired for what the Cochon kitchen will make for you, from their pork-patty Le Pig Macs to a renowned Muffuletta sandwich.
— The Southernaire Market on 2nd Ave. S. (a “Creole-infused New Orleans-style neighborhood grocery”) has a butcher counter with fresh meat and seafood, convenient to downtown dwellers and workers.
Even adding Bare Bones Butcher (which’ll be at 906 51st Ave. N.), we still have room to grow, as many cooking-obsessed Nashvillians will tell you.
A potentially confusing side-note for Nashville newcomers, too: A few of our most highly praised food establishments sound like they’re butcher shops, but aren’t. Here’s the lowdown on those, so Siri doesn’t mess you up while you’re out hunting for your bone-in, dry-aged ribeye:
These Nashville restaurants are not butcher shops
— Butcher & Bee, pictured above, came East Nashville’s way from Charleston, and they’re serving a super-fresh menu that includes a lot of excellent small plates, from crazy-good whipped feta with fermented honey to avocado crispy rice spiced up with serrano chiles. (It’s also a really gorgeous space, designed by Nashville interior designer Katie Vance.)
— Butchertown Hall, in Germantown, is right down the way from Cochon Butcher, but they’re doing all the cooking for you. Lots of wood-fired, grilled and smoked goodness here, including house-made sausages and house-favorite brisket, plus a great beer garden. (Also a beautiful space, also, coincidentally, designed by Katie Vance.)
Hope that helps you find a butcher shop near you in Nashville, and keeps you from accidentally going to a non-butcher shop near you. (Although letting either of those places cook for you certainly wouldn’t be a disappointment.)
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TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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