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Where are the meat markets and butchers around Wilmington besides in grocery stores?

Allison Ballard

Grocery stores are how many local residents get their meat. Some stores have a long-standing reputation for butchery and service, such as the Piggly Wiggly in Leland (112 Village Road NE, 910-371-2696), thanks to meat market manager David Sturgill. And Wilmington may soon be home to a specialty meat market and butcher shop in the South Front development near downtown, said Terry Espy, of MoMentum Companies.

There are a few other specialty shops in the area. Wilmington carnivores turn to Pine Valley Market (3520 S. College Road, www.pinevalleymarket.com), which has a butcher on hand to answer questions and cut meat – from certified Angus beef to lamb and veal – to your specifications. They are also able to order many hard-to-find products.

Clark’s Sausage and Pork Outlet in Rocky Point (4800 N.C. 133, www.clarkssausageandpork.com) was founded in 1926. Look for pork sausage, hoop cheese, fried pork skins, country sausage, ribs, liver pudding and pork chops. They offer deer and meat processing services. Also in Pender County is Burgaw’s Wells Pork and Beef (750 Croomsbridge Road, wellsporkandbeef.com), which sells a variety of North Carolina products and specializes in having your own meat processed to your specifications. They make their own vinegar-based barbecue sauce and will cater events.

In Brunswick County, try the Oak Island Butcher Shop and New York Deli (5414 E. Oak Island Drive, 910-448-5044). They do double duty as a deli where you can often get cannoli or eggplant parmesan, but are a butchery with fresh-cut meat for sale. The Butcher of Brunswick (5850 Ocean Highway W., 910-287-6999) is also an Italian-style butcher located in Ocean Isle Beach. Look for New York products and high-quality meats.

A little farther away, there’s the Whiteville Meat Market (121 W. Commerce St., 910-642-6501) in Columbus County. They sell a wide variety of meats, from sausage to beef to whole or half-hogs. Deer hunters can also get their meats processed into venison burgers and sausage.

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