Meat Your Lunch at Bavette


Photo courtesy of Bavette La Boucherie

There is no place in the city (that we know of) where you can see so clearly where your lunch came from. Bavette, a conscientiously-sourced boucherie (French for “butcher shop”) in the Third Ward, showcases a veteran meat cutter’s talents on the center block, ringed by a counter and tables. Eat your lunch as the butcher methodically separates the whole animal into primals and then cuts down from there – it’s the most honest way to call yourself a carnivore.

Some days, sitting at the counter, you even witness a flurry of activity as Black Earth Meats delivers the animal of the day. This level of transparency weaves through all of Bavette’s offerings, which range from prepared sausages to off-cuts to lesser-known specialty items.

Bavette is owned by Karen Bell, but it’s a family affair. Her sisters and nephew help out, doing dishes and serving customers. A Milwaukee native who spent years operating a restaurant in Spain, Karen’s offerings show a thoughtful touch and European influence.

Bavette La Boucherie
330 East Menomonee Street
Milwaukee, WI
(414) 334-0538


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