About Joe’s Butcher Shop

Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market was founded by my wife Kathy and I in 2006. We proudly offer metro Indianapolis’s finest selection of farm fresh beef, veal, lamb, pork, homemade sausages, chicken, and the areas freshest and highest quality seafood.

We pride ourselves on award winning customer service (we adore and cherish our customers), locally sourced hormone and antibiotic free meats (yes, we know our farmers by name), and sustainably managed and wild caught seafood will change the way you shop for proteins.

Stop by the shop and speak with our highly trained staff and let us show you how giving the best you can to your guests and family can be just as affordable as shopping at your local grocery store. We also offer a wide variety of fresh artisan baked bread, unique sauces, breading, marinades, and a hand selected group of boutique wines (all priced under $20 a bottle) to compliment your meals.

Don’t forget to check out our Deli area for seasonal homemade gourmet side dishes, and exceptional Boar’s Head brand deli meats at the region’s best prices. We back all our goods with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, simply return your unused portion for a no hassle refund or store credit!

About Joe’s Next Door

To build the best menu of sandwiches our team went through a series of steps to guide the evolution of these delicious delicatessen offerings. The process was long and exhaustive, but the end result is a menu that our chefs including Chef Danielle McQuoid are proud to serve. With the same high-quality ingredients found at Joe’s Butcher Shop, Joe’s Next Door offers superior lunch options for the downtown Carmel community.

The Next Door team prides themselves on creativity and relentless dedication to only the best products. Come by for lunch and enjoy a hot, made to order sandwich or cold sandwich, take a look at our fresh daily-made pastas and side dishes for the perfect complement to your mid-day meal.

“Joe’s Next Door has been driven 100 percent by demands of our customers, the community has really supported us.” – Joe Lazzara

Our Roots and Passion

Our passion is finding great food and sharing it with our family and friends.  It all started in South Bend, Indiana where Joe Lazzara was raised. His grandparents ran a Sicilian fruit and vegetable market where food quality, customer service and a sense of community were a top priority. Joe’s mom and dad also taught him the value of giving back to the community. These were the building blocks that helped Joe build a successful business.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Joe was lucky to have a sales job that allowed him to dine in some of the best restaurants. This gave Joe the opportunity to meet famous chefs such as; Susan Spicer (Hotel Maison deVille), Emeril Lagasse (Commander’s Palace), Tom Douglas (Dahlia Lounge), Douglas Rodriguez (Yuca) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill).  Joe noticed all of the chefs had something in common when it came to their cooking. The freshness and quality of the proteins they used and the unique way in which they were combined with other fresh ingredients made their dishes spectacular.

In early 2005, Joe noticed the butchers working in large super markets did not know much about the proteins they were selling to customers. Most of the butchers couldn’t even tell customers where the proteins came from. This is when Joe realized he needed to give people a better option when it came to purchasing quality meats and seafood.

In January of 2006, Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market opened. The chicken, beef, veal and pork are 100 percent natural. Joe only buys proteins from farmers who are committed to the highest standards of animal husbandry and to sustainable environmental practices, that means the cattle and hogs are raised free from hormones and antibiotic influences.

The company’s mission is to not only bring the best of food and service to customers, but to use the business to serve the community. Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market received the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award in 2009, and multiple awards from publications such as Indianapolis Monthly and WRTV’s Indy A-List.

Community involvement is also a top priority at Joe’s. The staff contributes and supports local charities, schools and religious institutions with donations of time, food and money. The staff is also encouraged to get involved and to be part of what makes the city one of the best places to live in the United States.

Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market proudly offers metro Indianapolis the finest selection of farm fresh beef, veal, lamb, pork, homemade sausages, chicken and the freshest and highest quality seafood. Don’t forget to check out the deli area for seasonal homemade gourmet side dishes, and exceptional Boar’s Head brand deli meats. We also offer a wide variety of fresh artisan baked bread, unique sauces, breading, marinades and a hand selected group of boutique wines to compliment your meals. Stop by the shop and speak with our friendly, highly trained staff today!

Friends and Partners

Ritz Charles – our preferred vendor for catering and events!

Tom Lazzara – Re/Max Realty – No one knows Carmel real-estate like Tom, the best for nearly 40 years!

Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream – A Carmel classic and home of the Big Ugly!  Check out both Bub’s and Bub’s Café!

Muldoon’s of Carmel – Do an Irish jig and go Gaelic with Joe’s neighbor! Burgers, and tenderloins daily from Joe’s!

Dooley O’Tooles – Doug Kemp keeps things local, look for items from Joe’s on their menu!

Hubbard and Cravens City Center – an oasis of fantastic coffee/beverages, food menu offers fresh, local fare with items from Joe’s!

www.foodonthemonon.com – Emily’s experiences with food on  Monon Trail spanning from Joe’s to the Carmel Farmer’s Market, she share’s her love for cooking with you, a Joe’s regular with great recipes!

Bazbeaux Pizza – Carmel – If a finer piece of pizza exists, we’ve yet to find it!

Savvy Decor – Linda Mordoh helped us design Joe’s, she’s a legend!

Mudbugs Cajun Cafe – If Roy & Kelly can’t make your hunger happy no one can!

Perk Up Cafe and Brotgarten Breads – Broad Ripple’s best kept secret, until now! Their breads are true artisan works.

www.foodwithjackieo.com – Enjoy food, enjoy drink, enjoy life…that’s Jackie’s philosophy,  this local food blog is straight forward and to the point.  Some homemade recipes too!


Joe’s In the Press

Indianapolis Business Journal – Dining: Butcher shop also cuts it as a sandwich maker

Indianapolis Monthly – Best New Restaurants 2017 Winner

Current in Carmel – Business Roundup

Current in Carmel – Joe’s Next Door Set to Open

Indianapolis Business Journal – Lazzaras Up Ante in Carmel

Indianapolis Business Journal – Joe’s Butcher Shop Expanding to Offer Catering, Lunch Options

Edible Indy Article