Calling all carnivores: there is a new place to get your quality meats in Bocas del Toro.
Pandemic projects- baking bread was a craze for a minute. Do you remember that? Some people got into home fitness, day trading, day drinking…Home-schooling has been necessary for parents (though hopefully not while day drinking) and many have needed to shift their occupational focus to adapt to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus. Enter Sabroso Meats.
Cliff Freid is the owner of Cliff’s Hostel and is also the proprietor of the new home for quality meats in Bocas del Toro. Along with practically every accommodation in the area, he closed in mid-March 2020 wth the declaration of national emergency. After a few months, the immediate future looked dismal in the hostel business; and recently in December 2019, Cliff and his partner Dayana were blessed with their son Aiden, so looking to make ends meet for the young family, Cliff took to investing in stocks and trying to sell items on Ebay.
“The whole Ebay thing is not easy!” remembers Cliff. He retired from that short-lived career and delved into a passion project of his- a need of which he had identified when first moving to the island: a shop specializing in only quality meats in Bocas del Toro. Cliff comes from a restaurant background in New York (The Black Ant), so he knows his way around your tenderloins, ribeyes, T-bones, etc.
Cliff went all over Panama, embarking on a search for the best product in all the land. After much research, he concluded that the best quality meats in Panama come from generations of cattle ranchers in the province of Chiriqui, distributed from the David-based company called Standard Meats.
Now with a product he could believe in, Cliff then renovated what used to be reception and the front office of the hostel, converting it into Bocas del Toro’s new house of premium meats. The place was adorned with some lovely art by Carla of CreArte Bocas and Cliff and family were able to open its doors on Wednesday, March 17. Another blessing to this new venture is that their housekeeping manager Margarita can come back to work, even though the hostel remains closed.
“I’ve always had a passion for meat. I went to most of the best steakhouses in New York. When I got these steaks and cooked my first Angus, it was like I was sitting in the best steakhouse in New York,” says the very passionate meat connoisseur, a big believer in the quality of his product.
I personally fancy a nice steak every now and then, and was actually in need of a 10 inch cast iron skillet for my kitchen, so I was obliged to be one of Sabroso Meat’s first customers, picking up a cast iron skillet and Cliff’s favorite cut: the Porterhouse. One steak dinner later and I can tell you that the meat -and accessories- are now Bocas Breeze tested and approved…but go see for yourself!
Sabroso Meats is located in the same building as Cliff’s Hostel, on Avenida G, between Calle 5 and 6. There you will find only the highest quality meats in Bocas del Toro, as well as knives, pans, skillets, seasonings, sauces and amazing Finca Panda coffee from Boquete.