We Have the (Plant-Based) Meats: Best Vegan Butcher Shops

We Have the (Plant-Based) Meats: Best Vegan Butcher Shops

As recently as 2015, the term “vegan butcher shop” was an unheard of oxymoron. Today, with dozens popping up throughout the world, the phrase doesn’t raise an eyebrow. These cleaver-slinging vegan entrepreneurs have proven that you can make meat from plants, and they’re changing the definition of butcher shop for good. From Berkeley, CA to Victoria, BC, here are the best vegan butcher shops that have the meats.

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1 The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis, MN

Many attribute the sister-and-brother duo behind The Herbivorous Butcher for pioneering the plant-based butcher movement. Kale and Aubry Walch opened up shop in January 2016 with an extensive menu of deli meats, cheeses, steaks, sausages, and ribs. Today, they’re shipping their products nationwide and educating the mainstream audience about what vegan eating can be. The team appeared on hit Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives the same year they opened, pleasantly shocking celebrity chef host Guy Fieri with their Vegan Turkey and Dill Havarti Sandwich. Since then, the siblings have kept busy with their newest launch, vegan chicken shop Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken.
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2 The Very Good Butchers in Victoria, Canada (plus US delivery)

Not far behind The Herbivorous Butcher, this Canadian vegan butchery began at a farmers’ market stall in 2016 before opening its brick-and-mortar in 2017. The company places an emphasis on butchering beans to make their meaty products, along with mixing in natural ingredients such as jackfruit, wheat gluten, and mushrooms. We love that we’re familiar with all of the ingredients on the label. Items range from vegan steaks to burger patties, plus sausages and chorizo.
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3 YamChops in Toronto, Canada

Those who have been vegan for a while may have forgotten how to season and prepare meat. YamChops takes this hassle out of your dinner prep by offering a wide variety of seasoned, ready-to-go vegan meats. Rare yet delicious finds include Chick*N Schnitzel, Hickory BBQ Ribs, Szechuan Beef, and other internationally inspired protein options.
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4 The Butcher’s Son in Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA

Like The Herbivorous Butcher, The Butcher’s Son is way more than a vegan meat shop. This collegetown deli serves a full menu for lunch and brunch in addition to an extensive and mouthwatering bakery menu. However, if you’re there just for the meat, they’ve got you covered with packaged smoked pastrami slices, seasoned steak slices, and more. SoCal residents, you’re in luck: The Butcher’s Son recently opened a ghost kitchen in Los Angeles to satisfy your cravings.
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5 Chef Tanya’s Kitchen in Palm Springs, CA

When the founder of Native Foods—Tanya Petrovna—sold the company, she set up her own quaint café in a nondescript strip mall in Palm Springs, CA. Despite the remote location and lack of foot traffic, the restaurant flourished in the hot California sun. Petrovna now ships her seitan-based bestsellers nationwide. The Turkey Love Roast, pastrami slices, and BBQ ribs are all excellent choices.
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6 Abbot’s Butcher in select regions (plus US delivery)

This Southern California vegan meat company got its start by sampling its fantastic chorizo ​​at health food stores. The selection of vegan beef, chicken, meatballs, and burgers can now be found at west coast Whole Foods and other grocers. Nationwide shipping is also available via online retailer GTFO It’s Vegan and Hungry Root. Fun fact: this VegNews editor once worked as an Abbot’s Butcher sample girl. I watched many skeptical omnivores light up in complete shock that vegan chorizo ​​was “actually good.”
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7 Before the Butcher (UNCUT) in California

Originally a wholesale distributor for foodservice, this Orange County, CA brand expanded into retail, beginning at a single Bristol Farms location in Yorba Linda. The plant-based butcher now has a line of meaty vegan burgers, crumbles, shreds, and chunks sold under its UNCUT brand.
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8 Grass Fed in Rochester, NY

This vegan butchery got its start when its founders were gripped with an instatiable craving for a breakfast sandwich complete with the perfect meaty sausage. New vegans at the time, they took to the kitchen to develop the perfect plant-based meat. And the rest is, as they say, history. Today they’re whipping up deli slices, pâté, gyro meat, and everything in between right in the heart of Rochester, NY. Plus, they’re certified Kosher to boot.
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9 Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher & Deli in Los Angeles, CA

The city’s first full-service plant-based butcher and deli, Maciel’s serves more than just turkey, bacon, and pastrami. Founder Maciel Bañales Luna draws from her Mexican heritage to create Mexican-style ribs and chorizo. So on, chicharrones will join the deli’s menu, sure to win over Angelenos. Housemade cheeses, Mexican chocolate mousse, and aguas frescas can’t be missed either.
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For more vegan meats, read:Why the Best New Vegan Meat Products Will Come from Korea
The Ultimate Guide to the Best Vegan Chicken Brands
Plant-Based Meat Will Be Cheaper Than Animal Meat

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