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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Homestead Meats Opens on Chicago Avenue

Ehran Ostrreicher celebrates his first receipt on opening day with his cashier in training!

Today marked the long-awaited grand opening of Homestead Meats on 1305 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, right at the NE corner by the now defunct Homemade Pizza.

I stopped by and happily purchased a pound of roast beef, standing in line patiently without about 6 other customers. Sharon Murphy of Chicago*, was happy to see ox tails on sale and liked the prices on the lamb shank, $7.99/lb.

In a nod to local brewers Ostrreicher is selling Temperance Beer Brats, $11.99/lb. Yum.

The meat is from all local farms, you can ask where each cut was raised and like a true butcher, all the cutting is done right there in the open. In fact there was a big pig's head right on the chopping board for all to see today and I watched as a mother said to her daughter "Well, where do you think bacon comes from?" That was fun!

In a few weeks the store will feature sandwiches but for now, stop by for fresh artisanal cuts of meat.

Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

*CORRECTION: In the original story Sharon Murphy was described as a being from Skokie, she is actually from Chicago. Apologies to Sharon and Skokie.

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