When we read that The Meat Market's burger has been rated the best in the USA, going there was a no-brainer. Having read online reviews, we made our visit there just before lunchtime, and we had our cooler and freezer packs at the ready so that we could leave for home with some good pasture-raised meat, most of which we planned to freeze at home.
Approaching the market, we found out that it no longer serves meals, but that we'd have lunch in the adjacent restaurant, Camp Fire, which had opened recently.
The butchers in the shop are knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. Our order included three three-quarter pound packages of ground beef, which the butcher gladly prepared and wrapped in cryo-vac--- a lot of work for a small order! We also bought some pork chops and lamb chops, as well as delicious liverwurst.
I mentioned that I am often nervous about cooking lamb chops, as they are often overlooked or rare. I was given explicit instructions about how to salt, and that I needed to bring the lamb to room temp, allowing it to sit for two hours. [This is basically a quick brine, sans water.] I cooked the chops on a cast iron skillet. THIS WAS THE BEST MEAT I HAVE EATEN IN MY LIFE!
We loved watching the butchers at work. They are clearly proud of their craft and of their carefully sourced meats.
As Camp Fire is attached, but a restaurant, perhaps it should be reviewed separately.
But I will go on.
We thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic burger!
The meat, served rare, was juicy and flavorful.
The Berkshire Mountain Bakery bread, gorgeous local tomato, tasty local lettuce, really good cheddar....Well, it all added up to BURGER PERFECTION. The house-cut fries were perfectly cooked as well. We split a half-pound burger and a super tasty BLT. That was some delicious, smoky bacon! Again, every element of the sandwich was terrific!
We loved the spare environment. Our server was helpful and responsive. Given the quality of the food, we thought the prices were reasonable. In this case, you really do get what you pay for.
We rate this enterprise A+ and are planning to return to Great Barrington with a bigger cooler in the near future.
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