From our historic meatpacking district and beef & sausage combo on every corner, to a city obsessed with bacon, Chicago is for meat-lovers (is that a bumper sticker yet?). And behind every good cut is a good butcher and butcher shop that want you to put as much respect into your beef shopping as you do your hot dog -- here're the eight folks who do it best.
Devon Avenue Meats (address and info)
How long he’s been hacking at meat: 30 years
How he got his start: Giardina was originally on the other side, working produce at a shop in Chicago once known as Farmer’s Market, but was given the opportunity as a novice to run his own butcher shop that started and continues as a family business.
Favorite cut of meat: Ribeye
Pro tip: “Marbleization! You want flavor? You have to indulge in that fat! You also have to trust your butcher. If you want a good selection you must first start off with a good butcher who knows what they're doing and is willing to work for you and with you!”