BEST BUTCHER - 1998
Ever wish you could cook up a steak like those luscious ones they serve at the Local? You can! Just follow the complicated directions through the mock-Tudor residential developments of Plymouth until you arrive at Forster's Meats, where they've been serving up aged steaks (including scrumptious New York strip) since 1947. Besides supplying beef to local restaurant powerhouses such as Table of Contents, they make a mean ham, gorgeous herb-and-garlic-rolled bacon, and you should see the sausage! The butchers draw from more than 90 sausage recipes, and on any given day you'll find 20-odd varieties, from Louisiana andouille to Portuguese linguiça, Armenian lamb-mint, and Minnesotan smoked pork and wild rice with jalapeño cheese. Because their farm community has changed so thoroughly, it looks like Forster's is going to have to move in a couple of years. This might be your big chance: Become a loyal customer and try to convince them to relocate to your neighborhood.