One day as I was walking down on the square, a frustrated driver stopped me and asked me for directions to Hamm’s. She’d actually driven right past them but didn’t see their signs. Hamm’s is easy to miss. It is next door to the Main Street Magic & Fun Company. The building is set off from the sidewalk and has covered parking in front that can obscure the front window, making it hard to find if you don’t already know that it’s there.
My husband is King of the Grill so we always find a meat market wherever we live. When we lived in St. Petersburg (FL – not Russia), there were at least two close to our neighborhood and they also had produce. Maybe it’s a Florida thing … all that outdoor living, you know. Here, Hamm’s is the only independent meat market in McKinney that we know of. We are lucky that it is close to our house and a good meat market. We stopped in today and got the ribeyes (pictured above) and a big package of skinless, boneless chicken breasts. The prices are comparable to the grocery store. Ribeyes today were $13.99 a lb or you could get prime cut for $16.99. We opted for trying the prime cut this time. The chicken breasts were $4.49 a lb. You might get cheaper somewhere else, but probably not better.
Hamm’s is supposed to be well-known for its honey-glazed hams. I haven’t had one of their’s yet because my company always provides a ham at Christmas. Eventually, I’ll try it. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s tried one. I’d also love to try their chili bricks. I think I’ll have to try one of those exclusively for a blog post.
By the way, McKinney Chamber of Commerce has launched a new program called McKinney First. “Be Vocal. Buy Local.” Hamm’s is a excellent candidate for people who want to participate by buying local and eating well. Look for it the next time you are downtown. (Take your checkbook. They take personal checks but not credit cards).
Until next time,