Serving as a butcher shop and either a full-service restaurant or a fast-casual burger joint, depending on your location of choice, Belcampo Meat Co. offers customers a solid spot to grab a bite and pick up a pound of ground beef to bring home. The company prides itself on sustainable and organic meat, a practice that’s readily apparent as soon as you bite into one of their famed cheeseburgers. They built their own processing facility to create a stress-free environment for their animals, and use traditional hand-cutting methods to craft the cuts of meat you’ll find in both the shop and the restaurant. Stop by the Santa Monica outpost for a sprawling butcher case full of cuts and sausages, not to mention quarts of house-made stocks, sauces and tons of pantry staples; in Grand Central Market, find a more pared-down selection and a diner-style burger counter; along West Third, find something a little in between the two.
Here’s the deal: High-quality, well-sourced meat—the kind you’ll find at the top butcher shops in Los Angeles—just tastes better. And if you get to know the folks who are cutting and selling your beef (and pork, and chicken, and sausage), chances are they know the farmer who raised the cattle—and chances are that beef is more humane and sustainable than anything you’ll find in a nearby grocery store. So treat yourself—stop at the wine shop, pick up some veggies at the farmers’ market and get to know the folks at one of these top butcher shops—they’ll know your order by heart in no time.