By Mary McClung | Last Updated July 08, 2015
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L.E. Kincaid & Sons Counter

In this age of cattle feedlots and poultry buildings that produce meat by the millions of pounds, buying proteins for personal use has become a ponderous proposition.   One way to help ensure the meat you eat is clean and responsibly raised is to get to know someone with a huge knife.  No, not Crocodile Dundee.  We mean for you to get out of the grocery store and get to know a local butcher here in Indianapolis and Central Indiana.   Our local butchers are people who care about what you eat and work tirelessly to bring fresh, local, sustainable and responsibly raised proteins (and a lot of other fantastic foods!) to the neighborhood. But where does one go to find a knife-wielding meat-mentor?  Never fear...  EdibleIndy is here to help.  We've compiled a short list of some of the best butchers and meat shops in and around Indy.  Now get an ice-pack and your cooler and go meet your new meaty friends. 

Claus' German Sausage and Meats

Why We Love It: Open since 1913 and perhaps the grand dame of butchering in the Indianapolis area, Claus offers a dizzying array of fresh meats and house-made sausages and lunchmeats. Along with fresh and smoked...
|1845 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN, us

Joe's Butcher Shop

Why We Love It: Known for both meat and seafood, Joe’s has been part of the Cultural District of Carmel since 2006. Part of Main Street and filled with sunlight, lunch customers and shelves of interesting products...
|111 W. Main St. , Carmel, IN, us

L.E. Kincaid & Sons

Why We Love It: Now in its third-generation of family ownership, L.E. Kincaid & Sons opened in 1921 and has been serving the Meridian-Kessler / Canal Trail neighborhood in their fantastically kitschy historic...
|5605 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN, us

The Meat Shop

Why We Love It: When a couple of old friends decided Indy needed a meat shop on the west side of town, they jumped in with both feet. Becoming trained butchers and working at processing plants, and other meat...
|1221 S. High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN, us

Moody's Butcher Shop

Why We Love It: In the late 1990s, Moody’s noticed a gap in the food source chain and decided to close it. Beginning at farmers’ markets and then building storefronts, they have been bringing farm to table...
|235 N. SR 267, Avon, IN, us

Saint Adrian Meats & Sausage

Why We Love It: Named after the patron saint of Butchers (and of soldiers!) the Konz family has been raising animals and selling meats and sausages since 2010. The retail meat store offers a wide and varied selection...
|110 W. Washington St., Lebanon, IN, us

Goose The Market and Smoking Goose Meatery

Why We Love It: After honing his culinary chops, Chris Eley and his wife Mollie returned to Indy in 2007 and opened Goose the Market as a full-service butcher shop, grocery and wine store. Smoking Goose opened as an...
|2305 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN, us

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