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Jun 11, 2006 04:49 PM

Best Butcher Shop for Aged Beef

  • j

I am getting ready for a cookout and am looking for a butcher that sells prime aged steaks?


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  1. Both Fox & Obel and Whole Foods carry prime dry aged steaks. Fantastic

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    1. re: ej

      Do you know if all Whole Foods carry the same products?

    2. Or just order delivery from Allen Brothers. Same steaks that Fox & Obel carries, but you can get some free hamburgers thrown in with certain size orders. Same price, but a few freebies.

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      1. re: Greg

        Allen Brothers steaks are "wet" aged.

        1. re: dj

          They have both dry and wet actually. Check out the website.


      2. I've never been but I heard that there are some fantastic butcher shops in the west loop. Not sure if its wet or dry aged... but a friend once told me you can point at what you want off the cow and they'll cut it up.

        1. m
          Michael LaRue

          If you're in or near the northern suburbs, go to Zier's Prime Meat and Poultry on Ridge just south of Lake Street. Excellent beef cut to order. Closed Sunday & Monday.

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          1. re: Michael LaRue

            Another vote for Zier's. They have the most wonderful aged beef (dry aged, I believe), as well as their own smoked meats, etc.

            Incidentally, the directions in the post above may be a bit confusing to anyone coming from the city. First of all, Zier's is located in Wilmette (not stated above). It's just south of Lake *Avenue*, not Lake Street. Also note that Ridge Avenue in Wilmette is *not* the same street as Ridge Avenue in Chicago and Evanston; it's a northbound continuation of Crawford (also Gross Point) in Skokie and Evanston, which is a continuation of Pulaski in Chicago. Those coming from Evanston and the far north side of Chicago can take Ridge to Green Bay Road, turn left onto Lake Avenue, go about a mile, and turn left onto the other Ridge Avenue. Those coming from the rest of the city can take the Edens to Lake Avenue, go east a couple of miles to Ridge, and turn right.

            Zier's Prime Meats & Poultry
            813 Ridge Rd
            Wilmette, IL 60091
            (847) 251-4000

          2. I don't know whether or not these two places age their beef, but they both sell prime. Paulina meat market and Gepherdt's (spelling?)on Halsted and Armitage. The variety of hard to find items is huge, and the staff is polite and helpful.

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            1. re: selliot1958

              Gepperth's Market... wow that takes me back. I used to get all my meat from them. That was waaaaaay back before Whole Foods existed.