With all apologies to vegans and commission surgeons, I love going into full-service butcher shops.
To begin with, the butcher is a seasoned professional who is able to discuss not only all cuts of meat, but how to prepare them. If I want a piece of meat cut a certain way, the butcher obliges. And if only a half pound of ground meat or two sausages are needed, he’ll gladly ring it up. It’s also nice to find choice and prime cuts of meat (as well as free-range poultry) that are rarely available in the supermarkets.