|Craft Butchery’s ‘Merican. Oh, don’t worry, it gets talked about. Keep reading.|
I have a serious problem with Saugatuck Craft Butchery. I cannot get enough. I can’t walk in there just for lunch or just to pick up a ton of meat, I require both.
My routine at Craft Butchery is this:
- Lunch in their café. It’s always something meaty; a burger, steak sandwich.
- Devour said lunch in under two minutes because I’m a slob.
- Go over to the butcher shop side and buy ground beef (a staple in my house), steaks, chicken, bacon, sausages. Hell, I have even purchased rolls and potatoes there.
- Promise myself that I’ll partake in a butchery class (so I can take home more meat) and one of their themed dinners. I’ll do both, I know I will.
Considering all that, I have come to grips with this: I am a greedy meat lover.
But if you’re not even close to the meat zombie that I am, or if you just can’t cook worth a damn, Craft Butchery’s Café is absolutely worth the trip. They serve lunch Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and weekend brunch from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
|The only steak sandwich I’d consider eating outside of Philly.|
|The fresh cut shoestring fries…Also good.|
While I have yet to show up for brunch, lunch has been had by me multiple times. Craft Butchery’s lunch menu typically offers a variety of special sandwiches, wraps, and usually some type of grinder/wedge sandwich too. Yes, they have few salads to choose from. And their Chicken and Waffles during weekend brunch is on my “Still Have to Try” list. But my thing is always something beefy, namely their burgers.
Your burger choices (unless there’s a special) are the Classic Burger with grass-fed beef, cheddar, lettuce, tomato & onion; The Simple Burger with dry-aged beef and an over easy egg; and one of the best burgers I’ve had ever ever (yup, two “evers”)…the ‘Merican.
The ‘Merican is pretty much a big F*CK YOU to the Big Mac as it is two grass-fed beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed brioche bun.
After I ordered it and sat at the counter with my mouth hanging open in anticipation, I had to catch myself and think about not drooling on my own lap when this perfectly pink burger arrived in front of me. The first bite had what I require when judging a burger; juicy, flavorful meat, some crunch from the lettuce and onions, with the pickles providing more crunch and a pop of vinegar tart. And that Big Mac-ish special sauce adds some creaminess to the burger package that is the ‘Merican.
As I was practically inhaling this thing and barely chewing, I overheard an older couple mulling over the lunch menu when the husband said to his wife, “His burger looks good,” meaning the one I was destroying with my mouth. I managed to mutter a muffled, “It’s gwwwwoooood.” That word is translated “good,” by the way.
In the short amount of time between when I received my burger and when the older gent ordered his, the ‘Merican was in my history book as being truly freaking epic. At this point the old dude said, “Well…We’ll just sit here by you and stare at your empty plate now.”
I told you, I am a meat eating beast god.
Saugatuck Craft Butchery
580 Riverside Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
Fun fact: Saugatuck Craft Butchery cracked the top 10 in the Daily Meal’s article, “America’s 25 Best Butcher Shops” coming in at #9. The post from late 2013 can be seen HERE.