The Meat House is Reviving the Art of Neighborhood Butchers

August 31, 2011Katie

The Meat House
2245 W Danforth Rd
Edmond, OK
Website (Visit it for great recipes!)

James Kraham joined me today on my Rise & Shine segment.  If you missed the show, click Play below to check it out! And remember, you can always watch my past segments by going to the top taskbar and selecting “Dishin” and then “Rise & Shine”!

National gourmet butcher and grocer, The Meat House, is a favorite for foodies in 8 states and will soon be bringing its unique brand of high quality meats and groceries to Oklahoma.

The slated opening right now is mid-late October.

And we can’t wait!

James Kraham, former general manager of Tom Colicchio’s (think Top Chef) Craftsteak at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, has just signed the lease for the neighborhood butcher and grocer to open at 2245 West Danforth Road in Edmond and plans on becoming an active member of the Edmond community.

With over nine years of diversified leadership experience in the food and beverage and hospitality industries, James Kraham joined The Meat House and will open Oklahoma’s first neighborhood butcher and grocer.

After graduating from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas in 2004 (he also played football there but us Sooner fans won’t hold that against him will we?), James began his experience in the hospitality industry at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, employed as a Lead Butler for the Michelin five star resort, Skylofts & the ultra-exclusive Mansion (remember where Tiger Woods got busted?)  both at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.  Several   years after working his way up in the food & beverage scene at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino he became the General Manager of Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

A rapidly growing brand, The Meat House offers foodies one-on-one customer service reminiscent of an old school neighborhood butcher shop.  There will be pre-marinated meat that you can just drive in, pick up and take home and grill.  On this morning’s show, we got to sample a few of the marinated meats (steak and chicken) and it was fabulous!  Really, not just a little fabulous but SUPER fabulous.

However, take heed because The Meat House will be about much more than just beef.  There will also be a wide selection of cheeses and salumi (cured meats) like you see in those meat shops in New York and Italy but don’t see much around these here parts.

They carry exotic meats (venison, ostrich, buffalo, alligator) and will provide a friendly, knowledgeable staff to explain to foodies the best ways to expertly prepare these proteins. Up until last night when I saw ostrich tenderloin on a ridiculous episode of Chopped, I had no idea how to fix it.  I bet they coulda told me! Need a suggestion for how to fix alligator? The staff will help you.

And the store will also feature gourmet grocery items from local vendors.

I love this part – The store will bring 25-30 employees to Edmond and at least 50% of everything in the store will be local.  James is working with the Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO) to support as many local vendors as possible.  They will be featuring an all fresh day boat seafood counter as well.

The Meat House is a great addition to the already wonderful local food filled wonders we’re getting all the time in Oklahoma.  If you’re a foodie, or just plain want some great quality beef, chicken or any of those other crazy meats, this is the place to try.  You can even buy marinated meats ready to throw on the grill.  Want to make one of those melt in your mouth dry aged steaks like you get in top Oklahoma City restaurants?  You can buy those here as well or purchase their own brand of marinades and seasonings to use on the meat at home.

The great thing is, the long ago neighborhood butcher was one that you could ask advice from.  Maybe it was a particular cut of meat or a cooking method best for that cut of meat.  This is what The Meat House hopes to restore to the Oklahoma City/Edmond area.  I think it’s an exciting new but old idea and I can’t wait for October to visit them.


  • Amy

    August 31, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I am so excited.....although I wish something like this would open in my neighborhood.....Midtown. I have fond memories of going to the neighborhood butcher with my grandparents. I have been looking for one here in OKC. I will have to give it a try.
    1. DishinandDishes

      August 31, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Amy - they are planning on opening 4 more of these and one will be stay tuned!
  • BrandiB

    September 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I'm so excited about this store! There are many times I want a nice cut of meat & the local grocery has terrible looking meat! Hope we get one in Moore!
    1. DishinandDishes

      September 17, 2011 at 9:32 am

      BrandiB - I too am excited - it can't open soon enough!

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