Beef is not the only product featured at the Daddy Jim’s II Quality Meats in Bandera. In addition to USDA choice beef, the newly-opened store also carries a wide selection of handmade sausage, dry links, boudin, beef jerky, ropes, pork, bacon, poultry and fish. Daddy Jim’s II also offers deli meats and not-so-common items like quail and rabbit.
The décor of the store is truly traditional. The walls and counter space are adorned with tools, gadgets and other accoutrement associated with kitchens and butcher shops of long ago. Antique meat grinders and butcher block tables remind the owner David Applewhite and his customers of the long family legacy that led to his new business venture.
“I come from a long line of meat cutters. My dad, Danny, is a meat cutter, and my Grandpa Jim was a meat cutter too,” Applewhite said.
In fact, Applewhite’s father Danny Applewhite and wife Shirley are the owners of Daddy Jim’s I Quality Meats, the flagship location of the family’s chain of stores in Kerrville. The businesses are named in honor of the family patriarch and David’s grandfather Jim Applewhite. The initial capital investment came from Grandma Francis Applewhite – Jim’s widow.
David gave the Bulletin a tour of his state-of-the-art facility which is USDA inspected and provides him the ability to offer a wide array of services. In addition to the retail meat market, Daddy Jim’s II is also a USDA approved deer processing and cold storage facility. High capacity equipment, refrigeration units, and freezers make it possible for Daddy Jim’s to skin, butcher, and process a large number of wild game with ease; especially important during a busy Whitetail season.
Applewhite is not just the owner, but can also be found behind the counter everyday to greet his customers. Together with long-time friend and lead butcher Moe Holstien, Applewhite has already developed a steady stream of regular customers who recognize the benefits of exceptional customer service and a commitment to quality.
“All of our meat is hand-cut. Nothing is pre-packaged. From the ribeyes to the T-bones, everything is fresh USDA choice beef,” Applewhite said, adding he would entertain special orders of hard to find cuts or varieties of meats.
Applewhite resides with his wife Allison and their two children, Payton, 4, and Addison, 2, in New Braunfels, but have plans to relocate to Bandera in the very near future.
“We like Bandera because it is so small and is such a good place to raise kids,” Applewhite said.
Daddy Jim’s II is located at 702B Main Street in Bandera and is open six days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays.