Where To Grab Last-Minute Meats For Your 4th Of July BBQ
Red, white, and blue bunting? Check. Sparklers and party-poppers? Check. Corn on the cob? Check. Six-packs of beer? Check.
Yes, it's the day before the Fourth of July. You've planned your BBQ down to every detail, but forgot the one main thing: meat.
"We get a lot of panicked customers [who] come in the day before," a butcher at the Rabbi's Daughter in Westwood told LAist. "They buy a couple pounds of ground beef and sometimes BBQ sauce, and they leave happier."
But no need to be panicked, we've got your back.
Los Angeles is full of high-quality butchers selling everything you need to make your grill-and-chill party a success. (Though, with the L.A. area's highs hovering in the mid-to-upper 80s, maybe "chill" is not the right word).
"People are buying a lot of 80/20 beef grind this time of year," a butcher with Belcampo in Santa Monica told LAist. "It's not our busiest time of year—that's Thanksgiving and Christmas—but we're definitely selling a lot of New York Strip steaks, sausages, rubs and marinades."
Here's a list of some specialty meat purveyors around Los Angeles that are open on both the 3rd and 4th (please don't wait until the day-of).
Chef Curtis Stone's specialty meat shop will be open under normal business hours (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on the 3rd, and from 8 a.m. to noon on the 4th. The restaurant will be closed for the holiday and will reopen under normal hours on the 5th.
Gwen Specialty Butcher is located at 6600 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. (323)946-7512
Choice Meat Market
Choice Meat Market in Koreatown carries a wide variety of high-quality meat cuts, as well as more traditional Korean meat specialties like sliced pork belly, and Galbi-jjim-style short ribs. Choice Meat Market will hold regular 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. business hours on both July 3rd and 4th.
Choice Meat Market is located at 301 South Western Avenue in Koreatown. (213) 251-9988
Meat Skewers at Rabbi's Daughter (Photo courtesy of Rabbi's Daughter/Facebook)
Westwood's kosher butcher specialist Rabbi's Daughter will hold normal hours on the 3rd, and will close at 3 p.m. on the 4th.
Rabbi's Daughter is located at 2322 Westwood Boulevard in Westwood. (310) 234-2600
This unassuming meat market in the north Valley has a nice selection of kabobs and other middle eastern-style meats, in addition to traditional beef options. Chop Shop is open under regular business hours for the 3rd, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 4th.
Chop Shop is located at 11144 Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills. (818) 488-1260
Alexander's Prime Meats in Howie's Market
Alexander's Prime Meats has been serving up some serious cuts of meat for some four decades now. The San Gabriel treasure will be keeping regular hours on the 3rd, and will close at 4 p.m. on the 4th.
Alexander's Prime Meats is located inside Howie's Market at 6580 North San Gabriel Boulevard in San Gabriel. (626) 286-6767
For residents of the South Bay, neighborhood Manhattan Meats carries a quality selection of meats. The deli counter holds regular hours on the 3rd and will be open until 4:30 p.m. on the 4th.
Manhattan Meats is located at 1111 Manhattan Avenue in Manhattan Beach. (310) 372-5406
Jim's Fallbrook Market
Jim's Fallbrook has been serving up the San Joaquin Valley's own Harris Ranch meats for nearly half a century now. The Woodland Hills butcher shop will maintain regular business hours on the 3rd, and will open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the 4th.
Jim's Fallbrook Market is located at 5947 Fallbrook Avenue in Woodland Hills. (818)347-5525
Deli counter at BelCampo in Santa Monica (Photo courtesy of BelCampo)
Northern California's Belcampo (which specializes in sustainable, organic meat sourced from their vertically-integrated supply chain) has three locations around L.A. All three locations will be open on the 3rd for normal hours. On the 4th, the Santa Monica location butcher shop will close at 6:30 p.m. (the restaurant will be closed all day), the Downtown location's restaurant will close at 5 p.m., and butcher shop will close around 4 p.m., while the West 3rd Street location will close both restaurant and butcher shop at 4 p.m.
For all of Belcampo's L.A. locations, please check here.
Burbank's Handy Market specializes in barbecue-ready meats. From tri-tip to grilling sauces to craft beers and wines, Handy is something of a one-stop shop. Handy Market will keep regular 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. hours on July 3rd and 4th.
Handy Market is located at 2514 West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. (818) 848-2500