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Where To Find House-Made Sausages And Quality Meat For Grilling This Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, which in SoCal is pretty much synonymous with grilling season. Here are some of our favorite places to pick up sustainably-raised meat. It might not be the cheapest, but it's certainly the tastiest.

Lindy & Grundy: Lindy & Grundy's pasture-raised sustainable meats might not come cheap, but they are the best quality. The two lovely young ladies behind the butcher block are launching the sale of their summer grill packages this weekend, making your entertaining that much easier. Packages include the Chicken Lovers with 4 marinated chicken legs, 4 bone-in skin on breasts, and 16 marinated wings for $90; the Burger Pack with 4 jalapeno cheddar burgs, 4 beef n bacon and bleu cheese burgs, 4 plain beef patties, and 12 brioche buns from Bread Lounge for $80; Sausage Fest with 6 assorted fresh sausages, 4 8oz. sausage patties, 4 brioche buns from Bread Lounge for $45; and Beef Lovers with 4 sirloin kabobs, 2 london broils or 2 ranchers, 2 pounds of beef n bacon burger grind and 4 brioche buns for $100. Pre-orders are recommended. You can check out their site for moreinfo.

Huntington Meats: This Original Farmers Market staples is one of the oldest masters of meat in the city. The staff is well-versed in all things protein and can help you figure out what it is that you're after, and will be happy to lend tips on how to prepare it. Dan Vance and Jim Cascone sell Harris Ranch prime-beef, two-dozen house-made sausages and plenty of pork products at an affordable price considering the quality. You can find out more info on their site here.

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Belcampo: Tucked into the legendary Grand Central Market, this full-service butcher shop also serves up sandwiches, burgers, and other meat-centric dishes made from product sourced from their very own farms. What's truly unique about Belcampo is that they see the process of raising livestock from start to finish; they even have their own slaughterhouse on property. The location Downtown now serves beer and wine, and they are looking to open a second outpost very shortly in Santa Monica. You can find out more info here.

McCall's Meat And Fish: Nathan McCall and Karen Yoo, owners of McCall's Meat, stock their small Loz Feliz shop with sustainably raised seafood and protein, and they also do a bang-up job with their pastries. (We've been told their kougin amman rivals that of Bouchon, which is our personal favorite.) Stop by after prosecco brunch at Little Dom's and pick up some scallops or wild Alaskan Cooper River salmon for the grill, and your guests will surely be impressed. Opt for one of their bone-in rib eyes (which you'll never find at Whole Foods), and you'll have friends for life. You can find out more info here.

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