It starts with the meats. A 60-foot-long meat counter serves up everything from basic chicken breasts to butterflied lamb, garlic-and-cheese sausage, and marinated pork tenderloins. Then there are the extras. The produce, bakery, and wine and spirits sections have everything you need to pull together the perfect meal. And tying it all together are the people, a staff of enthusiastic experts who are delighted to help you figure out how to make the best use of all they have to offer.
1077 Osgood St., North Andover, 978-688-1511, butcherboymarket.com
The Modern Butcher
Dedicated to sourcing local, sustainable meat, the team here handles it all: the buying of animals from no farther away than 150 miles, the butchering, and the preparation of cuts. You’ll also want to check out their charcuterie boards, daily sandwich selections, and house-made sausages in a range of innovative flavors, like beef barbacoa and lemongrass green curry.
226 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-465-6500, themodernbutchershop.com