No time to cook tonight? Enjoy our ready-to-serve items like smoked Tri-Tip, Ribs, Pulled Pork & Chicken!
Come experience Ventura’s premier butcher shop located at 3049 E. Main Street in Ventura’s midtown area, just one block west of the Pacific View Mall. With a focus on personal service and sustainable locally-sourced foods, Main Street Meats & Real Foods Market is a full-service butcher shop specializing in the highest quality grass-fed (and often organic) beef that’s dry-aged for outstanding flavor and cut to order.
We believe there is a lot of truth in the old adage that “you are what you eat” and, well, who wants to be a chemical preservative or a steroid? Not us! That’s why all of our meats are humanely raised and processed with non-GMO feed and NO steroids or hormones. We sell organic chicken and pork sustainably raised, and fresh American lamb that have never been packaged, frozen or pre-cut!
Come try our delectable thick-sliced bacon cut to order – it’s definitely a favorite with customers! We grind, cut and produce many products in small batches right here on the premises, which means our ground chuck is actually 100% chuck steak and our sausages and specialty burgers are always fresh and void of any dyes or artificial preservatives. Our grass-fed beef is dry-aged on the premises until ready to be put in the case and cut to your order. Most weekends, delicious BBQ Tri-Tip, Ribs and Chicken are available hot off the grill! Come enjoy Ventura’s authentic butcher shop – and so much more!
HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 9 am - 6 pm; Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Monday. 805-643-0318
We are also “real” serious about being a Real Foods Market! You’ll find organic milk, butter, cheese and other organic dairy products along with local eggs (organic or free range, depending upon the local source). Customers love the selection of bulk spices and our hand-picked specialty items, such as gourmet salts and olive oils.
Delicious breads are delivered daily and made locally by the passionate folks at Wildflour Bakery. Gluten free pasta? Yes we carry that too (though it sells out fast), along with many authentic imported Italian goods hand-selected for their outstanding quality. Local organic honey and locally-made BBQ sauces? Yup, we have those too along with a small seasonal selection of local produce.
At Main Street Meats & Real Foods Market, every single product has been thoughtfully evaluated. So if you have any questions – please just ask. We would be happy to serve you and to help you create fabulous, memorable meals for your family and friends - including organic turkeys, hams, and roasts! And if you prefer to stock up with a whole steer (or pig, lamb, etc.) specially ordered and cut to your specifications, we can do that too!
A great butcher shop should have a delicious deli – and we deliver on that promise! We proudly serve all-natural deli meats that have no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and no binders or fillers! Customers love our scrumptious side salads made right here in house, including Deviled Eggs and Loaded Potato Salad! All sandwiches come with a salad and garlic dill pickle. Call ahead and we’ll have your yummy sandwiches ready for pick up!
right here using the freshest ingredients!
Availability subject to change, and we are often mixing in new salad
creations based on local and seasonal market conditions. Priced per pound –see the store for details.
Loaded Potato Salad
Smoked Turkey Salad
Vegetarian Salad or Chef Salad
A butcher shop that even a vegetarian could love? Yes, you could say that this is exactly what Main Street Meats is – or strives to be! Sharon and the entire Main Street Meats team have created a market where everyone is welcome and where everyone can find high quality, locally-sourced and ethically raised foods. “Food with integrity” is one of Sharon’s mottoes, and certainly integrity is something upon which everyone can agree.
Every single product in the market has been thoughtfully considered… What is it made of? Is it free of dyes and preservatives? Is it locally sourced or can it be? Was it humanely raised? Do we know the rancher and can we verify their practices and animal stewardship? In short, would we serve this to our own friends and family? If the answer is yes, then we proudly bring it into the market for your well-being and culinary enjoyment.
We are ranchers too, having been farming and raising animals right here in Ventura County for over 15 years. Prior to opening Main Street Meats, we build a reputation for selling the highest quality grass-fed beef and locally-raised eggs at various farmers markets in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Then in 2013 the site of the former Frank’s Market became available, and we felt a strong calling to open Main Street Meats & Natural Foods Market.
We try to honor the legacy of Frank and Mike Rea and of this place which has been long known as Ventura’s original and most loved butcher shop. Opened in the early 1920’s by Mike Rea’s maternal grandmother, the store was originally known as the Triangle Park Market (“triangle” referring to the nearby intersection of Thompson Blvd., Main St. and Telegraph Rd.) The market was leased as a restaurant for a brief period before Rea’s uncle, Bud Kilmer, reopened it as a butcher shop, naming it Bud’s 101 Market because back then Main Street also served as Highway 101! Mike’s father Frank took over in the 1950’s and renamed it Frank’s Market. He built an honest business in the best traditions of an old-time butcher shop, which Mike Rea continued until his retirement in 2012.
This is the legacy that we honor, and though we’ve made changes (perhaps some that even a vegetarian would approve), we are proud to continue the tradition of Ventura’s original butcher shop in providing real food, with integrity.
If you have any questions about the sources of our meats, poultry, dairy, eggs etc., please just ask. We’ll be happy to tell you where today’s selections come from and why we’re proud to serve them.
St. Patrick's Day Favorites!
"When Irish eyes are smiling, sure 'tis like the morning Spring"
We love Saint Patrick's Day and this year it falls on a Saturday, which makes it an especially joyful reason to entertain friends and enjoy traditional Irish foods! We can help make it easy on you and authentic too! This year we are featuring three delicious Irish specialties, but supplies are limited so please call to place an order today.
Corned Beef: We use organic spices and pickle it for 10 days. No red dyes!
Irish Bangers: Delicious housemade sausage with pork and beef and traditional Irish spices.
Shepherd's Pie: Pre-made right here and ready for your oven! Easy, delicious and authentic!
Stock Up & Save with a "Bulk Box"
Be ready for unexpected guests and limit your errand runs by stocking up on the meats you love! With our "Meat Lover Boxes", you'll save time and money too! Each box is prepared, cut and packed to your specifications and desired serving sizes. For example, if you like your New York steaks ½-inch thick and about 8-ounces in size, that’s what you’ll get! Meat Lover Boxes are normally ordered by Tuesday or Wednesday and picked up on Thursday or Friday, but arrangement can usually be made to pick on the day of your choice. Simply call or come in for details.
Beef Lovers Boxes
Beef 20 lbs$154
Retail rate is $ 206, you save $52!
Includes 8 lbs. ground beef, 4 lbs. top sirloin, 3 lbs. chuck roast, 2.5 lbs. rib eye, and 2.5 lbs. New York.
Beef 40 lbs$275
Retail rate is $ 388, you save $113!
Includes 15 lbs. ground beef, 8 lbs. top sirloin, 6 lbs. chuck roast, 4.5 lbs. rib eye, 4.5 lbs. New York, and 2 lbs. tri tip.
Pork Lovers Boxes
Pork 20 lbs$125
Retail rate is $ 160, you save $35!
Includes 3 lbs. ground pork, 3 lbs. breakfast sausage, 3 lbs. boneless chops, 4 lbs. bone-in chops, 4 lbs. pork shoulder, and 3 lbs. bacon
Pork 40 lbs$225
Retail rate is $ 320, you save $95!
Includes 6 lbs. ground pork, 6 lbs. breakfast sausage, 8 lbs. bone-in chops, 8 lbs. pork shoulder, 6 lbs. sausage hot/sweet/jalapeno, and 6 lbs. bacon
For those who want a little bit of everything,
The Forager Box! $212
Retail rate is $303, you save $91!
Includes 2 lbs. whole chicken, 2 lbs. chicken leg quarters, 2 lbs. chicken sausage, 2 lbs. pork sausage, 2 lbs. boneless pork chops, 2 lbs. bone-in pork chops, 2 lbs. pork shoulder, 2 lbs bacon, 2 lbs. ground chuck, 2 lbs. top sirloin steak, 3 lbs. tri tip, 2 lbs. rib eye, and 2 lbs New York or shoulder ribs.
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