Rudolph's Meat Market: Old-School Butchery Since Before the Art Was Cool

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A story that ran in the New York Times this week detailed the resurgence of artisanal butchery in New York City. I couldn't read it and not think about Rudolph's Market in Deep Ellum. While the new young butchers are fancying up an old world craft, Rudolph's has been breaking down meat since 1895. I zipped over to the market yesterday afternoon to snap some shots and say hello to Brandon Andreason, who was working at the shop.

Andreason took the time to show me the massive end-grain butcher blocks, now deeply dished after decades of being cleaned by a sharp metal scraper. You could have poured gallons of liquid into some of them While behind the counter, the walk-in door swung open and I got a peak at whole animals, hanging on meat hooks.

Rudolph's and other full-service butchers make for a meat-shopping experience grocery stores can't rival. There are no Styrofoam platters and plastic wrap, just butcher paper and twine. You can ask advice about cooking any desired cut and get good recommendations. You can walk into the shop clueless, and walk out the door inspired to make an entire meal.

Check out the shots I got while I was there. And then check out Rudolph's shop for yourself. Need an excuse? Shun those bastards at Butterball and call the market to reserve your Thanksgiving turkey this year. They'll have fresh, free range birds and smoked turkeys too.

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Coarse ground beef for chili in front of sausage and fine ground beef for burgers

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New York strips and ribeys

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Try and bite into this pickle without blushing

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Rub for your beef before it goes into your smoker

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Wood for your smoker

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Wood for your smoker

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Bones for all that delicious stock you've always wanted to make but never did. Think of the soups you could pull off.
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Chicken, duck, lamb and more frozen meat

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Dished butcher blocks have stood the test of time

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legs

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wieners and an ominous butcher

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gratuitous tube meat shot

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Saturday hours

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You really ought to shop here

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Rudolph's Meat Market

2924 Elm St., Dallas, TX

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Abilene Annie
Abilene Annie

I've been many times now. The steaks can be cut with a butter knife. The guys are super friendly and knowledgable.

Ralphy
Ralphy

But not as good as the old Kuby's market on lower Ross;  they would process my deer every season and made the best venison sausages........

Ralphy
Ralphy

When I needed veal bones for a stock;  Rudolph's was the only place in town that had em..........

Ralphy
Ralphy

And I make my meatballs from their neck beef;  can't get it anywhere else.

twinwillow
twinwillow

While there last week, I bought a friend a huge package of neck bones ($4.00) for her 2 dogs. They're nuts for them. You'd think they were crack.

G_David
G_David

Growing up in Irving, we'd load up the family truckster at least once every couple of months and head to Rudolph's for a plethora of animal carcass, including their smoked sausage and those little beef sticks.  To this day, it's the only sausage I will eat, though I have to admit I've never had Kuby's.  I only live a few blocks away, yet I feel I don't get to Rudolph's nearly enough, probably because they're always closed by the time I make it to Pepe's & Mito's for margaritas and Mexican food.  I need to get moving a little earlier.

twinwillow
twinwillow

They close at 3:00 on Saturday and are closed Sunday and Monday. They close at 5:30 on the weekdays they're open.They cut a 1-1/4" thick rib pork chop for me the other day. It was fantastic!

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

That reminded me of one of my favorite on-the-road hamburgers--the Burton Cafe in Burton, Tx (on 290 midway between Austin and Houston--don't blink) has great hamburgers and homemade pies.  Check ahead to make sure its open.

Davidmcquaid
Davidmcquaid

We love Rudolph's!  Just went there a week ago and bought three THICK NY strips that you'd never see in a grocery store.  The steaks were phenomenal!  We also bought chicken fried steak meat all tenderized and ready to go.  Great butcher shop and the guys that work there are very friendly and knowledgable.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Rudolph's is a true Dallas gem. Best (including Kuby's and Hirsch's)butcher in Dallas by far!

Gummy
Gummy

can't say enough about Rudolph's. I am there once a week. the guys in there are a riot, always friendly and always lure me into spending too much.

I find their cuts of meat to be superior and the sausages are great (especially the poblano cheese sausage).

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Nice article.  Good pictures.  Rudolph's is the real deal.  Check out Kuby's selection of sausages; they are the same old school style.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I don't get to Big D very often, but when over there on a Sunday morn..Kuby's is where we dine.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Dallass-ites ain't shopping there..there isn't anyone around to look cool in front of.  If it was in Uptown, and charged double..they'd be all over it.

Meself, I like to stock up on ribeyes when I head out to Western Texas..I stop in a little place in Miles, Tx and fill up my cooler..when I run out, I visit my local butcher in General Granbury's lil town and make plans to head back to Miles.

Did get a couple of 1 1/2 lb'ers last week at our new HEB..pretty dang quality I must say.  The highlight of my shopping experience was the freshly made poblano and cheese hamburger patties though...dang good eating.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

If you are passing through Junction and don't want to cook or have a hankering for BBQ, stop at Lum's.  Looks pretty plain but they make hall of fame bbq.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'll make note of that PT, a little place north of the interstate on the west side?  I used to get through there once in a while driving between Angelo and Uvalde. 

Side note: Prettiest drive in the great state of Tejas: South from Junction to Uvalde

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I used to do lake monitoring and testing at O.H. Ivie Lake right there north of Eden. You're right about the wildflowers...amazing. 

I once had a great burger in Ballinger, too. Mmm, burgers.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

You are right about the location and the scenery.  Take 377 S from IH 10 and it will be on the west side.  They have plenty of signage and gas pumps, too.  I used to drive from Colorado to San Antonio way back in the day.  In the springtime--usually around May--I would turnoff 87 at Eden and take 83 S to IH10.  Prettiest wildflowers I've ever seen.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

First!  Rudolph's is greatness..........Rudy's Tortillas is also greatness.  

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