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Richard's Country Meat Market can handle all of your dinner needs

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Beef tenderloins and prime rib are two of the most desired takes, along with the popular cuts of steak.

It's not often that you can walk in and not find a line of patrons waiting to place their orders at Richard's Country Meat Market in Fayetteville. But with a seasoned staff of expert butchers, the service is swift and courteous as customers walk out packing everything from Grade-A steaks to range-raised chicken.

"Steaks are still our No. 1 priority," owner Richard McGinnis avows. "But we worked extremely hard to turn the shop into people's everyday meat store, and we've done that."

When McGinnis and a partner opened the original Country Time Meat Shoppe in 1993 at 3042 N. Market Ave., across from Fiesta Square, there proved to be irony in the street's name. Four years later, McGinnis became the sole proprietor in what is now a family-owned business and renamed it Richard's Country Meat Market.

"The street was already named when we got here, so I guess it's just one of those things," McGinnis said with a grin. "Sometimes it's strange how things work out."

Richard's is the definition of a true meat market -- a wide variety and the choicest cuts of beef, pork, poultry, and freshest seafood around -- but it's also much more than that.

In addition to now making in-house sausages, Richard's has a full deli, stocked primarily with Boar's Head meats and cheeses, as well as fresh local produce and a growing stock of supplementary groceries. You can find everything from salad ingredients to pastas, sauces and seasonings.

"We want to provide customers with everything they need to complete their meals so they don't have to make another stop at the grocery store," McGinnis said.

Now, Richard's has a daily prepared meal-deal, called "Simple Suppers," a collection of nine single-serving meals packaged and ready to take home for just $5 each. There are three options each week on a rotational basis. The meals include a chicken tender dinner, with five tenders, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn; a pork chop with mashed sweet potatoes and mixed vegetables; a hamburger patty with mashed potatoes, gravy and corn; spaghetti and meatballs with green beans; or even brisket with baked beans roasted red potatoes.

The current week's menu can always be found on their Facebook page by searching Richard's Country Meat Market. The meals are available all day long.

"These have been a big hit so far, because we have made it easy for people to swing in and get a ready-to-eat meal to take home," McGinnis said. "So we plan to keep doing them."

McGinnis has years of experience cutting meat, beginning as a youngster at the Mercantile in his hometown of Tontitown. He then spent several years at Dillon's grocery store and Food 4 Less, until he decided to open his own business.

He and his son, Chris, who is also his general manager, make sure to specially train all employees on the art and intricacies of meat-cutting before they hand over the butcher knife, ensuring consistency in the quality of cuts to customers.

The meat can be cut to customers' preference, and the staff can even assist with explanations on how best to cook each meat and what foods might best match it.

All of the steaks at Richard's are from Tyson's Chairman's Reserve by IBP. Chairman's Reserve grades at top-choice and prime. The steaks include beef tenderloin, which is the most tender and the most sought-after of any cut of beef; the bacon-wrapped filet mignon, which is a beef tenderloin wrapped in smoked bacon; and the ribeye, which is the most flavorful cut of meat and second only to the tenderloin in tenderness. Customers also like the strip steak, which can also be called a New York or Kansas City strip. The Porterhouse and T-Bone are also popular.

"We generally have better quality than what grocery stores do and we can give customers more personalized service," McGinnis said. "Our business is built on quality and service."

For pork lovers, there are also pork loin cuts, such as America's cut (a thick, boneless chop), butterfly chop (boneless), Iowa chop (a thick, bone-in chop), center cut (a thin, bone-in cut), boneless pork loin roast, pork tenderloin and smoked pork chops.

There are also shoulder meats and ribs, such as the Boston butt roast (great for barbecue or pulled pork), baby back ribs, spare ribs, and the boneless country-style ribs.

Richard's offers fresh whole chicken fryers (and will cut them at no charge), bone-in breasts (whole or split) and boneless breasts.

Richard's also offers three varieties of chicken sausage made right in the shop, available in ΒΌ-pound links: chicken and garlic, chicken with sun-dried tomato and basil and spicy chicken and bacon.

For seafood connoisseurs, Richard's offers a variety of 8-12 fresh fish each day, such as wild king salmon (when in season), yellowfin tuna, grouper, swordfish, tilapia, sea bass, red snapper, trout, catfish, wahoo, cod, flounder, sole, halibut, turbot, monk fish, haddock, black cod, and wild Gulf shrimp.

Shellfish options include king crab legs and claws, snow crab clusters, snow crab claws, lobster tails and scallops. There are also frozen fish options available, such as swordfish, tuna, catfish, orange roughy, salmon, halibut, mahi mahi, salt cod, cuttlefish, snapper, stuffed crab, stuffed scallops, crab cakes and crawfish, when in season.

Richard's is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. They will close at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve. More information is available on their website at richardscountrymeatmarket.com.

NAN Dining Guide Spotlight on 02/17/2017

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