Cionko's Meat Market in Granite City:...

Cionko's Meat Market in Granite City: 'You walk in here, and they know your name'

There are 42 comments on the Belleville News Democrat story from Nov 19, 2012, titled Cionko's Meat Market in Granite City: 'You walk in here, and they know your name'. In it, Belleville News Democrat reports that:

They grind their own hamburger, slice their own bacon, blend their own sausage and brats, roast their own Italian beef, bake their own hams and butcher their own chicken, pork and beef.

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mahz

Belleville, IL

#1 Nov 19, 2012
Best bacon around. Their steaks are heads and shoulders above the brine soaked crap you get at the grocery store. Cheaper too.
mahz

Belleville, IL

#3 Nov 19, 2012
How very mature of you Billdo.
billdo

Troy, IL

#4 Nov 20, 2012
We used to get our ground beef from there, but after the last few lbs we bought turned brown literally overnight, we get sams club 90% ground beef. Per lb it is cheaper than anything around here, and fresher too.

So +1 for sams club
mahz

Belleville, IL

#5 Nov 20, 2012
Sam's clubs ammonia treats their beef and soaks it in brine so it absorbs the salt water and swells. When you cook it all the water comes out and it shrinks up.

So if you like paying for about 20% salt water that has been soaked into your meat and you like the smell and taste of the ammonia treatment they use to kill bacteria because their processing plants are so disgustingly filthy, then by all means.
mahz

Belleville, IL

#6 Nov 20, 2012
You'll never see one of the for Cionko's

http://www.insidenova.com/news/business/artic...
Griller

East Alton, IL

#7 Nov 20, 2012
Anyone that purchases meat from these "non union" large scale grocers such as Walsuck and Sam's, have no idea what they're purchasing. Aside from ammonia they also use Carbon Monoxide to keep the meat from browning. Cionko's is top-notch meat, with great service. Your also supporting local business. Sorry dude,-10 for Sams!
iBinPharteen

Saint Louis, MO

#9 Nov 20, 2012
Well maybe you have bette luck at chionko's than i do. That place just let us down too much for the price paid.

Since: Apr 12

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#10 Nov 20, 2012
I have rarely bought meat at grocery stores. So I've purchased meat from Cionko's on a weekly basis for years and I honestly can't remember getting anything bad from there. They are the best.

Since: Aug 12

Granite City, IL

#11 Nov 20, 2012
We used to order meat orders from Cionko's all the time. The last time we ordered from them, not one but TWO flies were frozen into our pork steaks. By the time we go them out of the freezer, Cionko's was closed. I called the next day and they wanted me to bring them in. Um, we didn't keep that crap. We threw it away. GROSS!!!
koa

Bloomsdale, MO

#12 Nov 20, 2012
I love that the guys sing while they work. They always offer my daughter a treat and offer to carry out my packages to the car. I give them an A+
eeww__

Collinsville, IL

#14 Nov 21, 2012
spend enough time there at Cionko's, and you will learn the health inspectors first name, they get cited every month, and push the envelope for unsanitary practice, have any of you ever seen the cleaning the saws, and slicers there ?

not only is it amazing they are still in business, but it is amazing how folks line up like sheep to buy their lesser cuts of meat that should be in dog food
bill

United States

#15 Nov 21, 2012
Leroy's is by far best meat at the best price
Griller

East Alton, IL

#16 Nov 21, 2012
"spend enough time there at Cionko's, and you will learn the health inspectors first name, they get cited every month, and push the envelope for unsanitary practice, have any of you ever seen the cleaning the saws, and slicers there ?"

not only is it amazing they are still in business, but it is amazing how folks line up like sheep to buy their lesser cuts of meat that should be in dog food"

If you know so much about the place, you must spend quite a lot of time there. So you must be a disgruntled employee??
Uh Huh

Alton, IL

#17 Nov 21, 2012
Leroy's need to deal with that horrible rot smell that hits you when you walk in the door.
That and the Zombies begging change outside their doors.
jam

Granite City, IL

#18 Nov 21, 2012
Cionko's has good meat. hard working people, they do a good job.

Since: Aug 12

Granite City, IL

#19 Nov 21, 2012
I'm not crazy about Leroy's either. You find a lot of out of date stuff on their shelves. If I'm going to buy a large quantity of meat, I'll go to Novacich's.
Uh Huh

Alton, IL

#20 Nov 21, 2012
TotallyT wrote:
I'm not crazy about Leroy's either. You find a lot of out of date stuff on their shelves. If I'm going to buy a large quantity of meat, I'll go to Novacich's.
Where's that at ?

Since: Aug 12

Granite City, IL

#21 Nov 21, 2012
It's in Collinsville right down the road from the racetrack.

Since: Apr 12

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#22 Nov 21, 2012
TotallyT wrote:
We used to order meat orders from Cionko's all the time. The last time we ordered from them, not one but TWO flies were frozen into our pork steaks. By the time we go them out of the freezer, Cionko's was closed. I called the next day and they wanted me to bring them in. Um, we didn't keep that crap. We threw it away. GROSS!!!
You are kidding, right? I sure hope so b/c I don't want to believe that. You're just kidding, right?:)
eeww__

Collinsville, IL

#23 Nov 21, 2012
Griller wrote:
"spend enough time there at Cionko's, and you will learn the health inspectors first name, they get cited every month, and push the envelope for unsanitary practice, have any of you ever seen the cleaning the saws, and slicers there ?"
not only is it amazing they are still in business, but it is amazing how folks line up like sheep to buy their lesser cuts of meat that should be in dog food"
If you know so much about the place, you must spend quite a lot of time there. So you must be a disgruntled employee??
not hardly, just in the biz for 30+ years, have personal friends in the inspection department

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