Culinary travel in the West

The very best destinations, trips, and dining experiences for foodies

Top 50 local food shops

For a taste of the top delicacies being made in the West, check out these amazing places--and add a special touch to your table

Butchers: SoCal
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Butchers: SoCal

La Jolla | Homegrown Meats. Owner Matt Rimel brought local beef back to San Diego by raising grass-fed cattle in the Palomar Mountains. At his shop, beef is dry-aged in-house. Choose any cut you like—plus wild game, pork, lamb, wild boar bacon, beef jerky, and chicken. Our pick: Juicy, housemade bratwurst, chorizo, or Italian sausage. 7660 Fay Ave.; 858/454-6328.

Los Angeles | Lindy & Grundy Meats (picutred). Looking for lamb belly? Lamb pastrami sausage? Whole suckling pig? Try this cult-status butcher shop. All meats (except the Sonoma lamb and beef, which are so worth the exception) are sourced within 150 miles. And absolutely everything is done in-house: spice blends, exotic sausages (chicken Cordon Bleu, anyone?), even dog food. Our pick: The rich half-beef, half-bacon burger blend, cured for three days and then hot-smoked in cherrywood. 801 N. Fairfax Ave.; lindyandgrundy.com

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