Personally, we think that everyone should be on a first name basis with their local butcher. But at the very least, you should know where to find them. Because whether or not you want a big ol’ ribeye to celebrate a special occasion or just some fresh chicken from a Florida farm, the butcher can help you out. We have some great ones in Miami - and some of them are going way above and beyond the average butcher job description.
As you can probably tell, this Miami Shores butcher shop specializes in sausages — and they’re outstanding. They have different varieties stuffed with things like lamb and harissa, fig and blue cheese, and beer from Wynwood Brewing. But you shouldn’t just think of this as a sausage shop. Proper has a ton of other excellent meats, from outstanding ribeye to wagyu brisket. There’s also wine, beer, and various pantry items like house-made chili oil, chimichurri, and pickled jalapenos. Oh, and then there are the deli sandwiches - which are some of our favorite sandwiches in Miami. For a shop the size of a walk-in closet, you can spend a lot of time here picking out things that’ll make your kitchen 1,000% more delicious.
Babe’s is another butcher shop with a lot more to offer than just cuts of meat, although they’re quite good at that too. This Palmetto Bay shop sells some great sandwiches - including one of Miami’s best Cuban sandwiches - as well as a fantastic burger, bacon banh mi, and poutine. Of course, if you’re just looking for a big steak, some bratwurst, or freshly cut bacon, they’ve got that too.
Going to this shop located in a nondescript warehouse just off Bird Road feels very secretive, almost like it’s some sort of underground meat club. But this is very much a legitimate operation - and it’s the steak equivalent of the VIP section at E11even. Celebrating a promotion? Check out their fine selection of Australian wagyu. Want to put the other dads to shame at the neighborhood cookout? Buy a few wagyu hot dogs. Just won the lottery? Take a look at their olive-fed wagyu “umami” menu, specifically the $130 ribeye. After you’ve decided, a silent employee will emerge from the back with your luxury cut of beef a few seconds later, and you can leave knowing you’re about to eat some Tua Tagovailoa-approved steak.
Meat N’ Bone has a really big selection - everything from wild boar to elk to A5 Japanese wagyu. They have two small stores - one on Coral Way, one in Coral Springs, and another in Pinecrest that should be opening soon - but shopping at their Coral Way location is particularly easy. You browse the selection on a big tablet and then just let them know what you want. Next door to the Coral Way shop they have their own restaurant too called The Wagyu Bar, in case the thought of cooking an A5 wagyu yourself is just too stressful.
Gaucho Ranch is mostly a delivery operation, but they do have a small store in Little River where you can come browse. They have wine, cheese, some grilling equipment, and a decent amount of meat. A lot of their beef comes from South America (specifically Uruguay) and, according to the skirt steak we brought home and made into tacos, this is a very good thing.
This shop in Wynwood is mostly known as a place to drink, hangout, and eat a few perogies - but they also call themselves “The Butcher Shop” for a reason. They sell burger blends like lamb and feta, and jalapeño cheddar. They also have pre-made dinner options like mojo pork and smoked brisket. All you have to do is pop one in the oven and warm it up. Look for their display case inside, and try not to get distracted by all the beer and perogies.
Ricky's Meats & Deli
Ricky’s is a big market and butcher shop in Allapattah that’s been around for over 20 years. You can buy more than meat here - the market has lots of fruit, vegetables, and various pantry items. But there’s also a ton of meat to choose from, with everything from wagyu vació to pork butt. They also have weekly specials worth checking out if you’re trying to stick to a budget.