Best: Whole Foods
2nd Best: Wagshal’s
4855 Massachusetts Ave. NW, (202) 363-5698
The best butcher is one who’s convenient and offers high-quality meat from humanely raised animals. For now, that butcher is often the one at Whole Foods. Or it is until a couple of other butcher shops rumored to open—Cathal Armstrong’s, and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s—actually do. Should you have the time to get to the far corner of Northwest and wait in line, consider visiting Pam Ginsberg at Wagshal’s. Not sure what you’d like? Narrow down the animal and she’ll pitch you something delicious with prep advice to get you started. The selection is beautiful and the prices show it. Though cuts aren’t cheap, it’s the place to buy meat for a showcase dinner. It’s even better if you bring your appetite (before 3 p.m.) to the walk-up window at the corner of the shop for the Wagshal’s burger or hot dog lunch, cooked to order.