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A Sandwich a Day: Roast Beef at The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, CA

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[Photograph: James Boo]

The city of Berkeley doesn't mess around when it comes to good food. And The Local Butcher Shop, a sustainable butchery just north of downtown, doesn't mess around when it comes to serious meats. The centerpiece of the space is an immense, stage-like table where entire sides of meat are broken down before your very eyes.

Even if the sight and scent of fresh, raw meat doesn't whet your appetite, go out of your way to try the sandwich of the day ($9)—especially if it involves roast beef. The Local Butcher has a way with its grass-fed roast, using half a pound of refreshingly beefy red meat to anchor a meticulously constructed meal.

This particular sandwich complemented the beef with blanched green beans, slices of provolone, and a hefty pinch of chopped parsley. Bits of red olive and minced shallot, along with a squeeze of lemon, gave the deep flavors of the meat just the right jolt of flavor. While every afternoon will bring with it a new combination of ingredients, the attention to detail and the quality of the beef make whatever's on offer a surefire bet.

About the author: James Boo has been a Serious Eats contributor since 2010. Working as a freelance journalist, he is also the founder of Real Cheap Eats and a documentarian. Check out his food-and-travel blog, The Eaten Path, for more journeys to the real meal.

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