Today we are going on a mini meat adventure. We are traveling a whopping 15 miles to Berkeley California. The restaurant 'Cafe Rouge' has a meat counter that we are going to visit. We are on a mission to find some Piedmontese beef. Cafe Rouge is located in the trendy 'Fourth Street' shopping district. There is a store for your every desire and need. I like to think that you can buy everything that you never needed here. There is a Peet's coffee to fuel your shopping frenzy.
In the back of Cafe Rouge are a couple of small meat displays. One refrigerator has some prime cuts of meat ageing. There is an impressive list of house made charcuterie. There is Heritage pork, sustainably raised beef, free range chickens and a whole gaggle of house made sausages. This meat market will also sell you sausage making material. You can purchase, Casings (hog, sheep and beef), caul fat,lard and pigs blood. This may come in handy for future sausage creation. One thing you notice when you are browsing the meat counter is the smell. You are in the back of a restaurant and it smells heavenly. The smell makes you want to grab a menu and have some nourishment.
There were a lot of tempting meat items to buy here. They cure their own bacon. This will have to wait for another visit. Today we were on a mission to buy some Piedmontese beef for some Chili Colorado. Cafe Rouge has a lot of premium meat selections. You will also pay a hefty fee for the privilege of sampling these wares. We are looking forward to returning.
1782 Fourth St.
Berkeley, Ca. 94710