Like astute bartenders, butchers instinctively know their regulars' orders and, after exchanging knowing glances, deliver them in frosty mugs. Begin a beneficial relationship with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Black Angus beef patties at Hobe Meats.
For nearly 50 years, Hobe Meats has molded hearty burger-making patties with 100% pure, lean ground-beef sourced directly from Greater Omaha Packing Company. Unlike a 500-page book on the wit and wisdom of Punky Brewster, Hobe's patties ($4.99/lb.) are filler- and additive-free and made with Black Angus beef aged for a minimum of 30 days to achieve optimum flavor and tenderness. Butchers acquaint shoppers with quarter-pound, third-pound, and half-pound ground-beef patties while doling out tips on keeping condiment-covered sheets of lettuce from wiggling free from burgers' bunned embraces and latching onto hairpieces. Prices are subject to change with market conditions on prime beef.
Bret Pont honed his meat-carving skills for 25 years as a Valley Grocers butcher before buying 50-year-old Hobe Meats, he told the Arizona Republic. Behind the counter, Pont helps customers locate and prepare the ideal meat by elucidating the qualities of strip steaks, rib-eye roasts, and other cuts of USDA Prime and Choice beef. Each option originates from cows that dine exclusively on corn, grass, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. All of the shop's meats are untouched by preservatives, growth hormones, and antibiotics. This policy extends to pork and chicken, which contain neither sodium nitrates nor fillers. When fed the shop's raw, natural pet foods, dogs have been known to teach themselves new tricks.