"Ask your butcher . . ." How many times have you seen that in a recipe and thought, "What butcher?"
Well now you have one.
Fans of local farmers markets may recognize chef/mad-meat-genius Jamie Stachowski from the stand where he hawks kielbasa, Italian, and bratwurst sausages. Those same sausages can be found filling the glass-enclosed cases at Stachowski's new shop, which opened just over a week ago on Georgetown's 28th Street, NW, in the former Griffin Market space. Neighboring the fresh forcemeats are carnivorous delights--many from local farms--like dry-aged short-ribs and Kansas strip steaks, pork loin chops, and pig trotters. There's also a variety of prepared items: cherrywood-smoked chickens, duck prosciutto, Irish bacon, cured salmon, and chili-rubbed coppa.
High-top tables at the shop are the spot for digging into massive sandwiches listed on a chalkboard. Stachowski's son, Josef--the shop's co-owner--recommends the turkey-avocado club, which sounds almost dainty alongside offerings like kielbasa with kraut and the "hot, big" pastrami. In fact, it's a double-decker monster, with crunchy bacon and piles of freshly-smoked turkey. Grab-and-go "TV dinners" are also on offer in the shop's fridge--platters include smoked chicken, asparagus, and potato gratin or a hearty lasagna.
If you have meat in mind that's not stocked in the shop, speak up. Stachowski is already taking special orders for items like sweetbreads and bacon-wrapped Muscovy duck. Just ask your butcher.
Stachowski's. 1425 28th St., NW; 202-506-3125. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 8 PM, Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.