Best Mail Order Food Sites?
- Jon Leventhal Apr 2, 2002 12:33 PM
I just ordered some steaks from HarrisBeef.com for the first time (any opinions?), and was wondering what other great mailorder food sites were out there?
I've ordered from Lobel's (great, but $$$), OmahaSteaks (supermarket quality & pricey), L.A.Burdick (OK, I prefer Teuscher & Maison du Chocolat).
One of my favorite sites is www.zingermans.com, as well as www.impromptugourmet.com and www.penzeys.com for spices. I can't say enough good things about Zingermans... their breads are top notch, their pastries are all good, their customer service has never disappointed. Check it out! :)
re: Tom M.
Not to be disagreeable but Lobels is not the Worlds best or even close and yes I've had it. Before the temp ban from Japan (KOBE) was the best by far. Presently "High end" Dry aged Prime is available in LA and is no different than Lobel's . Well yes, there is a difference, THE PRICE!!!! Wholesale Dry aged Prime is around 13- a pound compared to Lobel's 50- a pound plus shipping = 65- a pound. Downside is you have to buy quanity to buy wholesale but if you look at the price difference and have a few friends that want some to you will be surprised how fast it's gone.
If you've found dry-aged Prime as good as Lobels in LA (or anywhere else for that matter), I'd LOVE to know where. I order it or buy it anywhere I find it, and have yet to taste anything that measures up. It's one thing to say it's Prime, and it's dry-aged. But Lobels is more than that, because they are incredibly particular about the meat they select from the market in the first place. I can't speak to Kobe, because even I have a price point limit.
re: Tom M.
Goldberg-Solovey in Vernon has it. But you have to buy it by the case which is four pieces aprox 60lbs at the W/C window for cash. Kobe is temp unavailable till the importation is allowed back into the USA. Sixty dollars a pound isn't that much when your paying the same for the mail order stuff anyway.
re: Tom M.
I'm going to recommend that you try and raise your price limit, IF you are a steak lover.
Having had Kobe in Japan, it is an unbelievable experience for steak lovers.
While very tasty the american Kobe does not live up to the true Kobe experience IMO (the texture and flavor do not quite stack up for the $$ you are paying).
If you have access to Japanese Kobe, go for it!!!!
re: Sweet Willie
Thanks for the tip on Kobe. I'll have to find a way to avoid disclosing the price to my wife if/when it comes back to the US market. BTW, though, these estimates that Lobels meat is 60 to 65 a pound are not accurate. I just checked, and I've been getting 4 16 oz. boneless strips for $138.95, plus $29.95 shipping. That works out to about $42/lb. Outrageously expensive, to be sure, but not quite as high as has been quoted. The ribeyes and prime rib is less still.
I heard this is a good one for fresh Hawaiian seafood, but I haven't tried it yet.
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We like Peppers of Key West (link below) for hot sauces. We visited the shop in Key West on a vacation, and have been ordering sauces from them since then. Everything we've tried, we've liked, especially the Pete's Heat sauce. Prices are reasonable, they ship really quickly and everything is well packaged.
And at the store in Key West, the owners are incredibly nice, and have a full hot sauce tasting bar.
re: Chris VR
I order it or buy it anywhere I find it, and have yet to taste anything that measures up. It's one thing to say it's Prime, and it's dry-aged. But Lobels is more than that, because they are incredibly particular about the meat they select from the market in the first place.
I do lots of food shopping on the web. Here are some of my favorites:
http://www.nueske.com -- apple-smoked meats -- incredible bacon and ham
http://www.smokehouse.com -- another great smoked meats place
http://www.tonypacko.com -- pickles and relishes, hot dog sauce
http://www.datldoit.com -- wonderful datil pepper (related to the habanero) and other pepper products -- we really like their Datl Do-It hot sauce and their Minorcan mustard
http://www.usingers.com -- really good sausage
http://www.buttecreekmill.com -- These folks run a water powered grist mill in Eagle Point, Oregon. They sell all sorts of wonderful flours, meals, cereals and grains. Lots of nice gift boxes.
http://www.jschmidtconfections.com -- great chocolate gift boxes!!
http://www.localflavor.com/ -- this is where we got our authentic Boston beanpot -- LOTS of other stuff
http://www.trappistabbey.org/fruitcak... -- now don't laugh -- these are really, really good fruitcakes and yes, there IS such a thing
http://www.whitelily.com/ -- this is the ONLY flour to use to bake southern specialties like cornbread, spoonbread and biscuits -- they also sell very good mixes
http://www.redibase.com/ -- incredible soup bases including lobster, ham, mushroom, roasted garlic, roasted onion, shrimp, seafood, southwestern vegetable, etc. -- also, rubs and seasonings
www.californiaoranges.com - which is the site of Pleasant Valley Ranch. Used them at the holidays to send Oranges and tangerines to everyone I know. Prices included shipping and were reasonable. Also bought a box for myself, incredible fruit. Everyone was quite pleased.
Also www.halegroves.com -- Hale Groves out of Florida, also great citrus, bigger selection than site above.
After reading the NYT magazine story on beef and hearing the reporter interviewed on Fresh Air, I feel like I am ready to try some of that thar grass fed beef. Any suggestions on mail order options?
I don't know if she still does it but Marion Burros used to do a yearly round up of best mailorder food sources for the NYTimes, she would gather her friends for a tasting of dozens of products and report the findings. You can probably find her columns in the NYTimes archives.
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