A few years ago the culinary world began a fascination with artisan bread. Much to my delight, we saw artisan bakeries pop up everywhere. These days, the obsession is with meat. Lucky for Kitsilano carnivores, two new butchers have opened in the past few weeks – The Honest Butcher and Pete‘s Meat Butcher Shop & Deli. While the butchers share their distinctions, the same way Market Meats and Jackson’s on West 4th do, they have one very welcomed similarity – ALL the meat sold is locally sourced in BC. Read on the get the details on neighbourhood newbies The Honest Butcher and Pete’s Meat Shop & Deli.
The Honest Butcher (West Broadway and Trutch) takes the local element one step farther by paying careful attention to not just what the animal eats, but how they are treated during their lives. They also ensure that the whole animal is used, appealing to the environmentalist in all of us. Anyone who has read The Compassionate Carnivore, a popular book amongst locally focused foodies, are bound to make this place their go-to butcher. A simply decorated, hip shop with cool tattooed butchers and beautifully cut “feel good” products, I will definitely be back!
Pete’s Meat Butcher Shop & Deli (Arbutus and W12th) has a vast selection of products and the option to enjoy a made-to-order sandwich on the spot, which is very appealing. My neighbour, a self-declared foodie and serious carnivore, tells me their prime rib is the best in the city. As someone who lives and works in Kits, a new place to grab lunch is certainly welcome.
Can Kits support four butchers? Tell us what you think and which is your favourite.
The Honest Butcher, 3209 West Broadway, 604-733-2220, Thehonestbutcher.com
Pete’s Meat Butcher Shop & Deli, 604-730-1661, Petesmeat.ca
Last modified: December 12, 2011