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Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad, CA

“Big John” Haedrich

For those on the West Coast there’s Tip Top Meats, a meat shop, European delicatessen, and market in Carlsbad, CA. Owner “Big John” Haedrich has been at the helm of this trusty spot for the last 45 years, and he’s a character if there ever was one (as fellow butchers, we’re keen on these things).

He hails from Bad Biba, Germany, where his family owned a butcher shop until the second World War made continuing the business impossible. Now, in his own shop, “Big John” serves only the finest meats and poultry available, period. We’re proud to help him to that end with our teawurst and other pates, which are available alongside many other specialty items there. One Yelper called Tip Top’s breakfast menu “a stampede of meaty goodness,” which of course I consider a fairly high compliment; her five-star review verifies that it was meant as one.