Why We RecommendWhen Maxbauer Specialty Meat Market opened its doors in 1913, Americans were not only accustomed to knowing exactly where their meat came from, they also knew and trusted the people who prepared it for them. Today, over 100 years later, Maxbauer’s is continuing that rich tradition, which in the modern world is more important than ever. When you step through their doors on Union Street, you are invited in by a welcoming smile Maxbauer Traverse City and the scent of something fantastically delicious smoking up in Maxbauer’s two, Volkswagen-sized smokehouses in the back of the store. Beef, pork, chicken, and seafood abound, leaving you both mesmerized and humbled by the shear enormity of all that meaty goodness. And just when you begin to forget what it was you came in for, owner Mark Wilson is right there by your side with recipes and a reassuring hand—reminding you that food is far more than a package on a shelf, it is a world of unlimited possibility!