Another meat option for the carnivores in the neighborhood.
The butcher game in the Fan/Museum District is strong and recently became stronger. Previously you had the old stalwart Belmont Butchery and under the radar small counter Bombolini Pasta (they had a killer pastrami last week). This month a new counter opened up at Harvest Grocery & Supply (1531 W. Main Street) and the meat provided by JM Stock Provisions & Supply out of Charlottesville is not to be overlooked.
My last visit to JM resulted in me leaving with a pound of dry aged ground beef and a variety of sausages to taste. The ground beef was turned into tasty burgers that had enough flavor that they could have been consumed plain but we took them over the top with smoked gouda. Three types of sausages found their way into my belly. There was the Chorizo a fairly typical chorizo with nice texture and good heat. The Virginia Breakfast Sausage was my favorite and had more flavor than any banger you would find on a normal breakfast plate. The last sausage whose name has vanished into the mists of my pork soaked mind was stuffed with cheese and had a little heat. Often when you try a sausage that claims to have cheese inside it’s more of a hint than an actual taste. This was not the case with this sausage, it was cheese bonanza and pushed it to the edge of too rich for my taste.
RTD has an article telling the story of how the counter came to be and what to expect and if you can I recommend going on Wednesday – Sunday and talking with the butchers of JM Stock Provisions, James Lum and Matt Greene.
“At our butcher counter,” Hopcroft [owner of Harvest] said, “you get conversation. They’ll ask, ‘What are you making? How big is your party?’ They can talk to you about the best cut of the best meat. They can give you advice on how to cook it.”
Image: Harvest Grocery & Supply