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Old 08-16-2017, 09:45 PM   #1
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I know this place isn't a restaurant but hear this. It sure as hell should be. I have had just about everything but fish from this place (just not a fish guy). Steak, chicken, burgers, dogs, sausage, sides (best loaded potato salad ever). Just all around great selection of everything. They have an extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff. If they had a guy/gal with a grill during the summer and a few picnic tables out front, this place would be a gold mine. Grill up the meats you select, pick a few sides (may I recommend the loaded potato salad?), a bottle of wine or a couple of tapped kegs for cold drafts? Patrick's should be walking across the parking lot to this place for their provisions. I will definitely continue to return to this place.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:12 AM   #2
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The Wine'ing Butcher is fills a great niche and is a wonderful food option that the Lakes Region is fortunate to have. It caters to those who like prepared food and prepped meat. The quality is great. The higher prices reflect the value the market niche they cater to is willing to pay. The Wine'ing Butcher is less appealing to those who prefer to do everything themselves, or who are always looking to pay the lowest unit cost (but then spend a lot of money in restaurants with marginal food).
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:30 AM   #3
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Sledneck & others ---

After Wine'ing Butchers original owners (they had 3 locations including one in VA which we had actually visited) sold out, seemed to us, although great quality meats & tips that their prices simply went OUTRAGEOUSLY high for what you were ultimately getting as a consumer - like literally twice the price per pound as other options.

Since then we have been frequenting Hannaford's and feels "bang for buck" you can't go wrong.

With that said, I am a fan of supporting local vs Chain store and the Wine'ing Butcher is literally walking distance from us --- have the prices come back in line with reality ?

P.S. Isn't the name also now changed and no longer Wine'ing Butcher ?

Is the same true of the Meredith location ?


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I know this place isn't a restaurant but hear this. It sure as hell should be. I have had just about everything but fish from this place (just not a fish guy). Steak, chicken, burgers, dogs, sausage, sides (best loaded potato salad ever). Just all around great selection of everything. They have an extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff. If they had a guy/gal with a grill during the summer and a few picnic tables out front, this place would be a gold mine. Grill up the meats you select, pick a few sides (may I recommend the loaded potato salad?), a bottle of wine or a couple of tapped kegs for cold drafts? Patrick's should be walking across the parking lot to this place for their provisions. I will definitely continue to return to this place.
Sledneck, I agree with you but I think you'll find that many on the forum are cheapskates who don't realize that business's need to make a profit. Obviously, Wine'ing Butcher does all right and their prices are not egregiously high. Their turkey tips are fantastic.
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Sledneck, I agree with you but I think you'll find that many on the forum are cheapskates who don't realize that business's need to make a profit. Obviously, Wine'ing Butcher does all right and their prices are not egregiously high. Their turkey tips are fantastic.
I think most people here understand that businesses are in business to make a profit. Don't confuse not wanting to overpay for steak tips (which at the WB are adequate at best) with being cheap.
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Nicely put VitaBene ............... Thank You !


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It is on the expensive side but I feel it is worth it. When I have my NA staff meeting up at the lake, my team votes to have Wine'ing butcher on my grill at least one night versus going out. They feel it is that good.

This year, they have some $79 specials. Our group at the lake has been buying them and eating them quite frequently this year.

If you want take out....their barbecue chicken pizza is killer as is much of the other food that they make.
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There is great meat and other yummy food to buy there.

I usually shop around for good deals but sometimes pay extra for quality or convenience.

This place has both.

While I am too cheap to go there often, I must admit that the best steak I have ever grilled came from there!
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:41 PM   #9
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I generally eat Prime verses Choice and WB is the only place I have fond that sometimes carry’s it or will order it like special cuts like Goat. Generally during the summer they will have some type of Prime and it is reasonable priced verses where I usually have to get it online such as Lobel’s.

This is the Meredith store.
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Personally, I judge the Wine'ing butcher cuts excellent and the Hannaford ones very good.

Comparing meat choice to a restaurant choice, I may eat at many restaurants throughout the year and enjoy them very much. However if I am dining out for a birthday, anniversary, or with special guests, I will "splurge" to go to a restaurant with the best food and service and probably accompanying top prices. I love eating at O's but am not going to pay the prices every few weeks for the experience. Instead I happily "make do" at Nolan's, the Bob House, Giuseppe’s, Shibley's, VK, the dreaded Canoe, and others.
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Personally, I judge the Wine'ing butcher cuts excellent and the Hannaford ones very good.

Comparing meat choice to a restaurant choice, I may eat at many restaurants throughout the year and enjoy them very much. However if I am dining out for a birthday, anniversary, or with special guests, I will "splurge" to go to a restaurant with the best food and service and probably accompanying top prices. I love eating at O's but am not going to pay the prices every few weeks for the experience. Instead I happily "make do" at Nolan's, the Bob House, Giuseppe’s, Shibley's, VK, the dreaded Canoe, and others.
Absolutely agree Jeff. Very well stated.
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Personally, I judge the Wine'ing butcher cuts excellent and the Hannaford ones very good.

Comparing meat choice to a restaurant choice, I may eat at many restaurants throughout the year and enjoy them very much. However if I am dining out for a birthday, anniversary, or with special guests, I will "splurge" to go to a restaurant with the best food and service and probably accompanying top prices. I love eating at O's but am not going to pay the prices every few weeks for the experience. Instead I happily "make do" at Nolan's, the Bob House, Giuseppe’s, Shibley's, VK, the dreaded Canoe, and others.
Agreed. While the New Woodshed is somewhat pricier than others in the area, I think it's worth it. Also, Jojo's has excellent cuts of beef and worth the extra few bucks.
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While I have not been to the WB in Gilford, I have been to the shop in Pembroke several times this summer. Although not cheap, their steak tips are unbelievably good. It is a nice treat, not something I would buy weekly. Service there is excellent.
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Agreed. While the New Woodshed is somewhat pricier than others in the area, I think it's worth it. Also, Jojo's has excellent cuts of beef and worth the extra few bucks.
Of course JoJo's is owned by Heath's.
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Of course JoJo's is owned by Heath's.
True, BUT they buy their meats independently from Heath's. MUCH better. Anyone who has shopped will vouch for me.
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Is Jojo's the place halfway down M'boro Neck Rd?
If so, I can vouch for the beef there as well...found this place when I used to camp out at The campground near the bridge years ago.
I have had them cut extra thick sirloin steaks ( now called NY strip) and ribeye (formerly known as delmonicos)
For grilling and have also had some very good Porterhouse steaks too. Great beef!
I'll gladly pay for quality beef and they fill the bill for that.
That said, I have had great beef from the Meredith Wine'ing Butcher too!
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Is Jojo's the place halfway down M'boro Neck Rd?
If so, I can vouch for the beef there as well...found this place when I used to camp out at The campground near the bridge years ago.
I have had them cut extra thick sirloin steaks ( now called NY strip) and ribeye (formerly known as delmonicos)
For grilling and have also had some very good Porterhouse steaks too. Great beef!
I'll gladly pay for quality beef and they fill the bill for that.
That said, I have had great beef from the Meredith Wine'ing Butcher too!
That's the place! Always busy and prices are def higher than Heath's. Of course, it's more convenient for those of us who live on the Neck.
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There is no question that JoJos and the WB both have high quality steaks- I gladly shop for them at both. I just think that they ruin good steak tips through over use of the vacuum tumbler. Flavorful, but the texture is off.
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There is no question that JoJos and the WB both have high quality steaks- I gladly shop for them at both. I just think that they ruin good steak tips through over use of the vacuum tumbler. Flavorful, but the texture is off.

I agree about the texture Vita! Don't care at all for their tips because of it...

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So Shaws and Hannafords both failed me - my mission was to get Chinese pork. Neither could help, either off the shelf or behind the meat counter.

So I went off to get the makings of apology margaritas at the Gilford liquor store in the Patricks plaza. I got out of the car and I see the WB right there.

Being prepared to pay through the nose I went in and found my Chinese pork behind the counter. While I waited I went to the 2nd counter with prepared salads and saw a great looking pair of potato salads among other things.

5 minutes later I was out the door with a pound of red potato salad and two lbs of Chinese pork and only $20 poorer. Great quality pork, low fat and all uniformly cut too assure an even cooking time.

Steak tips were $15/lb @ 3lbs bought, but I was not after steak. There were 3-4 people ahead of me that did get tips though, so I don't doubt the quality - they looked great and there were 5 or so varieties.

So thank you WB, I got what I wanted and it was great. Cost me less than the margarita makings would have too.

Two thumbs up, I'll be back next week.
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Located downtown Laconia next to Wayfarers Coffee, across from the Colonial theater. Great beef, marinades and salad. I think the quality is as good as JJ and WB. Price more reasonable. Give it a shot!

This is where the high end restaurants go.
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Located downtown Laconia next to Wayfarers Coffee, across from the Colonial theater. Great beef, marinades and salad. I think the quality is as good as JJ and WB. Price more reasonable. Give it a shot!

This is where the high end restaurants go.
Local Provisions is the same owners as the Local Eatery located at the old Railroad Station near Burrito Me
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