congratulations to jim and ann. I have their filet and it was amazing. So nice when nice people are recognized for their hard work and great service.
Best Meat Counter - 2009
Baumann's Fine Meats
Jim Lucas knows meat. The former stock trader used to stop at Baumann's Fine Meats on his way to the lake to buy what he felt was the best in sirloin, hamburger, ground chuck, sausage (you name it, really) so he could blow away his friends at the barbecue. He liked the butcher shop so much, he bought it last year. Some things he kept the same, and some things he changed to make it even more of a place for meat connoisseurs. Baumann's makes its own jerky on site, and it's plenty good. Ditto the sausage, which is gorgeous and smooth-tasting at the first bite, but, as Lucas puts it, "It's got a bit of a runner in there." (Translation: The heat builds.) In one corner are the locavore goods — steaks and sausages and fish from Missouri and Southern Illinois. The main draw, though, is the meat counter itself. It's stainless steel and tall, and behind it stands a grinning Jim Lucas, who is more than delighted to talk cuts and how to cook them. After a while Lucas excuses himself: A guy's come in to buy a few steaks. He's going to the lake this weekend.
LOVEEEEE Baumann's!! Every time I go in there they are so nice and welcoming. They always have just what I need and don't mind seasoning it or even pounding something out for me. GREAT MEAT SHOP!
The trip to Baumann's is worth it for the great food and the pleasant company. Drop in and say hello to Jim.