SAUGATUCK CRAFT BUTCHERY
580 Riverside Ave
Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport is a great place to shop if you’re looking for awesome meat. Everything at Craft Butchery is organic, pasture-raised and comes from local farms… and it’s all butchered right in front of you like they used to do at old-timey butcher shops — so you know that everything is perfectly fresh. They also believe that you should use the whole animal for food… so they use every part, as I found out. We have bought meat from there before, like hamburgers and steaks but we have never tried the full Craft Butchery experience at their Café, so I was excited.
The Café is next to the butcher shop and offers delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch specials like burgers, egg dishes, and even salads – but the menu changes – so there’s always new things to try. Just like the Butchery, the kitchen is open, so you can see your food being cooked right in front of you. The good news is they will now also be open on Sundays from 9:00 – 3:00 so it’s perfect for Sunday Brunch. And now… the food
Steak & Eggs – With the Eggs served “Toad in a Hole Style” in a Bacon Brioche. It was THE BIGGEST steak I ever had! It might also be the most delicious steak I have ever had. It was cooked to the perfect time and temperature, medium rare, and it was really juicy. The eggs and brioche were perfect with the steak and were a little runny just how I like them. To drink I had a Karoo Red Tea which comes from Norwalk CT. They really do use LOCAL products at Craft — Even the iced tea! Guess what… I finished almost all of it except a small piece of steak that I took home.
The Wich! Eggs, Craft’s own Bacon, and a little Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll. Dad really enjoyed it. After, we split some Simple Sausage… made by co-owner and “Sausage King” Paul Nessel. You could tell by its taste that it was homemade.
We shared a table with a very nice woman named Elayne Prince who was having Chicken & Waffles – she told me that it was THE BEST fried chicken she ever had — we are SO coming back for that!
He said, “It would be our Chicken and Waffles and our Steak and Eggs, but I also really like our Crispy Pulled Pork… Even our salads are good… if you’re not feeling like meat.”
I asked him, “What do kids like?”
“The bacon egg and cheese sandwiches” are really popular with kids.”
He said “Head cheese… the name sounds really horrible, but it’s really good. I persuade a lot of people to try it.”
Then he took me on a tour of the meat locker and told me that…
“We make the most delicious Guanciale it comes from the jowls of the pig – it’s like bacon but better”
Mr. Fibiger also told me that they only buy and butcher whole animals, and at the beginning of the week the locker is full, but by the end of the week everything is gone. That’s amazing, but I could understand because this morning the Butchery was packed!
Saugatuck Craft Butchery is located on the Saugatuck River right near the Westport Train Station – which makes it convenient if you’re coming up from New York City. The staff is really nice and friendly and there was a lot of kids there. They also have classes in sausage making and butchery if you would like to learn the art.
Thanks so much to Mr. Fibiger, Mr. Heppermann, and everyone at Saugatuck Craft Butchery — we’ll be back VERY soon!
The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)
FOOD * * * * * (5)
SERVICE * * * * * (5)
LOOKS: * * * * * (5)
BATHROOM: * * * * * (5)
Plus… It was… THE BEST STEAK I EVER HAD!