New Favorite Place: Southern Meat Market

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 19th 2012 6195 0

How did I manage to go so many years without the Southern Meat Market?

T-Bone, Southern Meat Market, Memphis, Tenn.

The market, which has been open in the same location since 1903, doesn't look like much when you walk in, but it's a meat wonderland. Here's why:

1. They'll cut your meat to order. I wanted some pork shoulder, and the butcher brought a giant, whole shoulder out, plopped it on the counter and asked me which part I wanted. I pointed, he cut, and I walked out with a perfect, crock-pot sized piece of meat.

2. They've got just about everything. All of the basics (pork, beef, chicken) are there, and they've also got fish, sausage (of various kinds), rabbits, and seasonal meats, like venison. 

3. The prices are insane. They're much lower than Kroger, and you get to pick exactly what you want. My pork, which was about two and a half pounds, cost less than $5. My friend John walked out with a giant bag full of venison steaks and sausage for $20.

4. The staff is friendly, and if you're a repeat customer (or if they just feel so inclined), they'll hand write coupons on scraps of paper for you.

Southern Meat Market is about to move (they're part of the Chinese Sub Shop redevelopment zone), but they're going to reopen on Park just west of Pete and Sam's. No word on when the moving date will be, but I'll update the address when I have a new one.

Go there:

Southern Meat Market

3507 Southern Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

(901) 323-2674

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  1. Ben says:

    I just discovered Charlies meat Market. Do you like it better?

  2. Donald S says:

    Sounds great! I will have to check it out. Thanks!

  3. Lee Williams says:

    Charlie's meat market on Summer is great, too. As a son of an English professor at Memphis State, we used to go to Southern quite a bit.

  4. Sherry F says:

    I remember going there when I was young with my grandfather.  He would stock up and fill the freezer. He always said they were good folks with a good product and decent prices.

  5. J.Smith says:

    I don't recommend Southern Meat Market on Southern Ave…. I'm really confused at why it is recommended. I only bought dog bones there and even stopped doing that when they tried to sell me stuff that was in the refrigerator for over a month… I stopped eating meat for periods of time after having been in that meat market because it was so disgusting…. words cannot express…
    Charlies Meat Market is MUCH better, as is the Southern Meat Market in Millington (That meat market is not related to the one on Southern ave…. ) Go to those places. 

  6. Gigi Ballester says:

    Thanks for the reminder – I had forgotten about it.  I love lamb and is hard to get it cut just right.  Also hope they have calves liver….I love it

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