Old butchers with white jackets and hats, the smell of smoking sausage, a small but comprehensive selection of quality groceries and a lot of meat.

pizza-meats

I have been meaning to visit Paulina’s Meat Market for ages and finally just found my way there for the first time.  Within minutes of entering the aromatic meat emporium, Mini Whipped was offered a piece of fresh cut balony.  From the depths of my brain arose an old, dusty memory….standing on my tippy-toes, reaching up to receive a hotdog or fresh cut of baloney from the old butcher shop my mother used to frequent.  We would lightly fold the baloney to bite out eyes, nose and mouth making a happy meat face. Baloney for the kids?  Old school and I like it.

The friendly older gentlemen at Paulina’s charmed my daughter and me while we bought some natural peanut buter and Lucini olive oil from the grocer and chose select meats.  I suppose the pepperoni was the give-away but when I got home and found my new friend had wrapped all my selections together and labeled them “pizza meats,” my loyalty to Paulina’s was sealed.  The Canadian bacon and pepperoni had been heading for my pizza and though the hickory smoked bacon was planned for breakfast, I took inspiration from my white paper wrap and threw it on the pizza too.  (meat lover’s pizza recipe to come!)

Even if you aren’t in the neighborhood, Paulina’s Meat Market is worth a visit.

Paulina’s Meat Market
3501 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

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17 Responses to “Chicago – Paulina’s Meat Market”

  1. LoveFeast Table Says:

    Times like these I wished I lived in the windy city! :)

  2. James Says:

    I love traditional family-run meat markets; the quality and charm is really fantastic

  3. Kaitlyn Says:

    Paulina’s is one of my favorite places in Chicago! The butchers are very charming, I think that’s what makes it so special.

  4. Heather @ chiknpastry Says:

    love PMM! i don’t go nearly enough, but every time i do i am in love :)

  5. To Kiss the Cook Says:

    I want a dress the color of that pepperoni. Color me convinced- planning a field trip northward.

  6. EB Says:

    Any package labeled “pizza meats” is a-ok by me!

  7. Krystal Says:

    That sounds so wonderful. I don’t suppose anyone knows of a place like that in Tucson, AZ?

  8. stresscake Says:

    Oh! i can’t believe we haven’t field tripped here before! The pepperoni is my favorite favorite thing there. Dang, I just love that place. Did they slice up that pepperoni for you? I usually just buy a stick and munch on it on my way home. Terribly ladylike.

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  10. vicky Says:

    lived right around the corner from this place and loved it! and my most favorite place in all chicago (back living in nyc) – FERNANDOS is diagonal from Paulina Meat Market…

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  13. Amy Says:

    lived right around the corner from this place and loved it! and my most favorite place in all chicago (back living in nyc) – FERNANDOS is diagonal from Paulina Meat Market…

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  17. pasta maker Says:

    Yeap, guess PMM is the best market in the work! Every piece of meat I find it there!

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