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Best Mail Order Food Sites?

  • j

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).

Jon

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  1. 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! :)

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      Caitlin McGrath

      I believe Impromptu Gourmet has gone out of business.

      1. We've discussed it a little on the Los Angeles page, but www.lobels.com will deliver the best red meat in the land to your doorstep, fresh.

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        1. 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.

          1. re: russkar
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            Jon Leventhal

            Living in LA, the only butcher I've been to with excellent meat is Harvey Guss, but even he doesn't compare to Lobel's.

            What butcher are you thinking about?

            Jon

            1. re: russkar

              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.

              1. 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.

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                  Sweet Willie

                  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!!!!

                  1. 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.

                    1. re: Tom M.

                      The price for Lobel's NY is presently 70- for a 30oz steak add the 30- shipping and it's 100- for just less than 2 lbs. which is still 50+ which is different than I paid this morning wholesale which was 13- a pound no shipping. SAME EXACT THING!

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                1. 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.

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