Good news Kansas City – we now have a boutique butcher shop! Deep down in the East Bottoms, tucked behind Knuckleheads and a maze of railroad lines, Alex Pope’s Local Pig finally opened this Monday. I ventured down this afternoon after a couple months of waiting to see what the shop had to offer. It did not disappoint.
I was impressed with the wide array of homemade sausages that ran the gamut from dainty chicken with pecorino and sun-dried tomato to traditional Wisconsin bratwurst stuffed with visible hunks of cheddar. In the meat case, there was duck pate with orange and star anise, different headcheeses, bacon, pancetta, a pork rillette with brie, and dates stuffed with merguez sausage. The cuts of meat also intrigued me, including an amazing “tomahawk” steak – an aged blade of beef attached to a massive dinosaur bone. It is a steak that could be found in both upscale steak restaurants and the kitchen of Wilma Flinstone.
Emily and I had our first date at the R Bar when Pope ran the kitchen, so I know he cooks food with good chi. Now I know that he treats locally raised animals with the same care (when he breaks them down) as he does his finely crafted plates of food — with utter love and attention to detail. Head on down and check it out for yourself.
2618 Guinotte Ave
Kansas City, MO
Open daily: 10:30a – 7:30p