At The Butcher Shoppe, handcrafting sausage and sculpting fresh cuts of meat is a family legacy. Owner Kevin Green and his son Jordan will tell you that serving as a local expert on meat is not just a job; it's a way of life. When the father-son team welcomed Troy Moon of the Pensacola News Journal into their store, Jordan showed off his extensive beef knowledge, knife skills, and the tattoo on his arm, which depicts a snarling steak holding a butcher's knife in each hand. When asked how long he planned to work for his dad, the ambitious and dedicated youth replied, "Hopefully until he either gives up this one to me, or we open another one." Given their talent and close connection with their customers, that may not be a bad idea.
In addition to prime, certified Angus and choice beef, the duo showcases specialty items such as bison and alligator, providing a “how-to” cooking guide with each cut in order to ensure the best flavor. They also turn their patrons' wild game into sausage—adding hot Cajun spices, maple, or sage for an extra kick—and handpick marinades and barbecue sauces that are ideal for slathering on grilled meats or making slip ‘n’ slide journeys more flavorful.
City Grocery has been slaying hunger with a bevy of signature sandwiches and po' boys, featuring eye-catching stacks of Boar's Head meats and cheeses, for more than half a century. Sink incisors into the Boss Hog, which layers pulled barbecue pork and cheddar cheese onto french bread, forming culinary miniatures of Grand Canyon formations for touristy tongues to photograph ($5.25/half, $8.99/whole). Joey's Badda Bing sub serves up warm Venetian nostalgia to every taste bud, with fresh basil, capicola, salami, ham, mozzarella, veggies and italian dressing ($7.99/half, $9.99/whole). Soothe pre-sandwich tummy tremors with a bowl of roasted-red-pepper soup slathered in smoked gouda ($3.99/cup, $5.99/bowl) or display dominance in Mother Nature's food chain by devouring a chef salad ($6.99).
Cajun Specialty Meats crafts an array of piquant delights from third-generation family recipes. Seasoned pork stuffed into andouille sausages ($5.50 each) lends authentic Cajun flavor to gumbo, jambalaya, and rice. A selection of meats stuffed with other meats picks up where nature's creativity left off with complex protein ecosystems. Feast on a pork chop ($20) or a 10-pound turducken ($55), each filled with Cajun sausage. Meatless options include a selection of heat-and-eat entrees such as a sweet-potato-and-praline casserole ($8.99) that serves 8–10 people. Customers should call ahead to place Mardi Gras orders.
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The spirit stockpilers of Paradise Liquor amass a dizzying collection of hard-to-find craft beers, fine and novelty wines, and liquors. The helpful, friendly staff will pluck the ideal bottle of wine from the extensive vino collection to best complement light summer pastas and hors d'oeuvre trays. Seagram's Gin ($19.99/1.75 liter) injects juniper tones into any gimlet, whereas Canadian Mist whiskey warms up to small glasses of ice. Christen newborn ocean liners with a bottle of Evan Williams Black bourbon ($19.99/1.75 liter) or enliven sleepy knitting circles with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka ($19.99/1.75 liter). If a favorite libation cannot be located on the ample shelves of Paradise Liquor, sauce suppliers are happy to place a special order or guide discerning palettes toward an alternative intoxicant.