The holiday season is always a busy time. Shopping, holiday activities, school plays, church events, charities, on top of our ordinarily busy lives. It can be difficult to relax and enjoy a good meal. This month’s destination has two locations right in the heart of local artisan based shopping, with a very tasty outcome.
I first discovered Rooster Street Butcher at The Shop on South Cedar Street in Lititz. While taking pictures of the beautifully decorated shops and pre-colonial homes on Main Street a friend just had to show me Rooster Street Butcher. I could already see it from Main Street and it had a very hip style to the storefront. When I walked through the door the very stylish decor continued to impress as I rounded the corner of the display case. It was then obvious I was in the presence of quality food.
Just looking at the cuts on display is enough to make your pallet run away with your imagination. I had the opportunity to meet Kristina Page while her husband and co-founder Tony was busily preparing an order in the cutting room. Kristina was very pleasant and invited me to come back sometime and give some of their sandwiches a try in the BYOB Dining area. We returned the following week and made it our first stop before heading down Main Street for some Christmas shopping.
The menu is lean but hearty. The focus was fresh, with their made-to-order coleslaw and house-made pickles, to the fresh cuts of meat on their hot and cold sandwiches. We went with a soup and sandwich combination that was quite possibly one of the most delicious meals I've ever had. It’s evident that the Page's begun their mission of quality at the base level ... with their ingredients.
The cornerstone of Rooster Street Butcher would almost certainly have to be their ingredients. The Page’s have made clear since 2012 that their mission is to remind people that “healthy meat and simple ingredients can be transcendent, found locally, and are worth sharing with others”. They source their meat from local farmers who don’t use hormones or added antibiotics while maintaining a very high touch approach to raising their livestock in the pasture. Once the meat reaches their shop they use a head-to-toe approach to maximize the yield of the animal and reduce waste. The Page’s and their staff clearly take great care in their craft, and they are very helpful and open about how to turn your cut into a masterpiece meal.
Rooster Street Butcher’s second location can be found in Lancaster Central Market on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The central market location doesn’t offer their menu items, but they still offer the same fine cuts of quality meats.
While supporting the locally owned stores in downtown Lancaster and Lititz this holiday season. Be sure to stop by Rooster Street Butcher and grab a bite, or take home a cut to create a holiday masterpiece of your own. Rooster Street Butcher also offers gift cards for a locally focused gift with a flavor your friends and family will definitely appreciate after the holiday mania calms down.