I'm salivating just talking about it. Rarely see skirt or hangar steak up here, so it's been a long time since I've had the pleasure
Jenise, I'm curious...you live where there are so many folks of means, and near large cities. Is there not a locally owned meat shop that will cut what you want? Here, in our city, we have several locally owned places that will custom cut whatever you want. I frequent four such places, where I can get any cut I want, no matter how fancy and usually "right now". If not now, in a day or two. I often see you say you cannot get seafood, yet you live on the water. We live three hours inland from the west, and four hours from the south, and fresh fish is brought in everyday from the coast. Kinda crazy, isn't it?
It IS crazy. But it's true, all I can get here right now is frozen salmon, fresh cod, fresh rockfish and farmed tilapia. Apparently the average 'Hamster is entirely happy with this situation and has been for decades. The alternative, at $20+ per pound, isn't acceptable. I don't get it. But in general it's just not a foodie community. A significant number of long-time residents are ex-hippies, people who came here in the 60's looking for a more natural existence in a very pretty place with lots of low priced land available. And though they've grown up and prospered and outsiders (like me) have arrived, that Birkenstocky, granola-crunching, laid-back, self-sufficient commune vibe remains and is pervasive in the town's whole aesthetic. It's not an area that flaunts its wealth or is even used to the trappings of same. Fine Dining restaurants struggle, Olive Garden thrives. So, a butcher? One just opened, and I went there last week. Typical Bellingham, it's not about variety and full-service butchery, it's about noble-causes and grass-fed/organic/local. Small selection of beef and pork, high prices and they're probably not making much money. I wish the two guys who own it well but I wonder how they'll sell enough to support two households with what I saw in their meatcases. We have Costco and regular grocers, that's it.