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Cheap Eats: Shield’s Meat Market

posted on April 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm


Knowing the people who grow and sell your food is not a matter of culinary elitism. It’s about cultivating and maintaining a sense of community, something that’s increasingly difficult in this age of convenience. A little love goes a long way when it comes to food. And that’s why it’s such a joyous occasion to discover a gem like Shield’s Meat Market (1554 N. Decatur Road, 404-377-0204). Geoff Irwin’s old-fashioned butcher shop has weathered the storms of “progress” since 1947. The market’s latest location in Emory Village (it used to be in downtown Decatur) is hidden in plain sight, as the signage is quite similar to the adjoining CVS.

The store is stocked with everything you need for dinner: spices, canned Italian tomatoes, a small selection of wine in a range of prices, assorted freshly baked breads from Alon’s Bakery and a pristine selection of produce and cheeses. First-time visitors may wonder, “Where’s the beef?” Don’t fret. Most of the meats are stored in the back and cut to order in the room marked with the funny sign: “Nobody gets in to see the wizard! Not no body, not no how!” Click here to read the rest…

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2 comments

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Shield’s Meat Market
    posted by: Anonymous · April 10, 2009  7:04 PM

    Shields is fabulous — i get their meatloaf at least once a month and make meatballs from it for spaghetti…

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Shield’s Meat Market
    posted by: About this Tim Roth guy... · April 11, 2009  5:54 AM

    Dude, Shields made this boy very happy on a regular basis when he was working up the street at Method. Breakfast sandwiches ensued with the spoils.

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