Once regarded as upstanding members of society, butchers experienced a brief fall from glory during the early 20th century due to their notoriously wild hot-tub parties and documented association with unscrupulous bakers and candlestick makers. Help restore the wholesome reputation of the friendly neighborhood butcher with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fresh meats at Hobe Meats.
For nearly 50 years, Hobe Meats has been slicing fresh cuts of USDA Prime and Choice meats sourced directly from The Greater Omaha Packing Company for the protein-powered masses. Unlike immature steaks and chops that spoil appetites with off-color dinner conversation, Hobe's meats are aged for a minimum of 30 days to achieve optimum flavor and tenderness without the use of sodium nitrates or preservatives. Shoppers can stop in to the old-time butcher shop for some old-fashioned one-on-one customer service and peruse the fresh meat case for bone-in short ribs ($5.99/lb.), boneless chicken breast ($4.99/lb.), 100% lean ground beef ($4.99/lb.), or Choice-grade rib-eye roast ($14.99/lb.), as well as everything from homemade sausages to raw, natural pet foods.
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.
6044 N 16th St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85014