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Florence Meat Market disgusting ripoff

Mark DiBlasi Apr 13, 2004 08:54 PM

Bought a sirloin steak at Florence today and for $34 it was an inedible piece of crap. Every piece was riddled with gristle and/or fat, and there was at least one pound of bone, and another half pound of outer fat.

I've been going to Florence for at least a dozen years, and I'm shocked by this. Are they now trading on their reputation?

Really awful.

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    knucklesandwich Aug 26, 2013 06:26 AM

    Bone in a sirloin?

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      chervil9 Aug 26, 2013 06:00 AM

      An unfortunate and immature response to an easily remedied problem, seems to me. I have had wonderful meat from Florence. It is very expensive and a worthwhile treat for special occasions. All you had to do was bring back the steak and talk to the manager.

      1. eezerik Aug 26, 2013 02:18 AM

        Yawn. You should see it before you walk out

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        1. re: eezerik
          foodieX2 Aug 26, 2013 06:29 AM

          This thread is from 2004….

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          Dan Levy Apr 14, 2004 11:21 AM

          If you are shocked after twelve years of good service and quality products, you should be letting Florence Meat Market know about your experience before you start engaging in calumny on a public message board, searchable forever via Google.

          In my long experience with Florence Meat Market, I've never had anything but excellent meat and great service, so, no, they are not trading on anything other than their excellent quality.

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            DC Apr 14, 2004 09:20 AM

            Do you mean you've been going to "Florent" for the past 12 years?

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            1. re: DC
              Mark DiBlasi Apr 14, 2004 12:58 PM

              Florence Meat Market on Jones Street, not Florent the restaurant in the meat packing district.

              And, no, I didn't "discuss" it with them. If one bad post has any effect on their business, then there are others who've had a bad experience and just haven't gone public with it. Face it, the place is a sacred cow (no pun intended).

              But it seems like some folks are just blindly loyal, and can't believe that anyone could possibly have a bad experience. Even though most everything there has usually been great, it isn't always. One wants to like places like Florence, but you gotta be honest, too.

              Please remember that Chowhound is not just for pre-processed, politically correct culinary discussion.

              1. re: Mark DiBlasi
                xavier Apr 14, 2004 01:16 PM

                "Please remember that Chowhound is not just for pre-processed, politically correct culinary discussion"

                Who said it was? Didn't your original post said you've been going there for a dozen years? Then you know Florence is no "disgusting rip-off". If your post said "horrible experience at Florence", who could argue? You'd get lots of sympathy. It's great to be warned of problems at even a high-quality merchant or restaurant.

                But "disgusting rip-off" doesn't jibe with my experience of shopping there occasionally over 8 years. And it apparently doesn't jibe with other folks' experience. That doesn't make us blind any more than it makes you deaf.

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              David Lerner Apr 13, 2004 09:36 PM

              I'm a vegetarian, so I don't know how butchers pre-test meat they are selling, but I'd imagine it's an imperfect art and impossible to get 100% perfection. As a long time (12 year!) customer, did you talk to them about the problem before posting on this board? Does one bad piece of meat in 12 years really mean much of anything?

              When I have a problem with a product from a company that I've dealt with for many years (or no years), I tend to talk to them before publicly dissing them, but maybe I am out of line here (vegetarians may be wimps who don't understand how butchers should be treated).

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