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Jul 12, 2006 02:47 PM

where to get good beef

Since the Meat Shop in Austin closed last Jan., I've had to order my beef from Allen Brothers in Chicago. I love it, but I'm going broke in the process. Shipping has almost doubled. Has any new shop opened in Austin or San Antonio ( I can drive to either of those cities) where I can get prime, organic, hormone-free beef? What are beef lovers in those two cities doing for the good stuff?

Help, please!!

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  1. I'm gonna suggest you go to the Texas/sourthwest - or whichever board covers your area, to ask this question. And while I love Allen Brothers, it's still a once or twice a year treat for us right here in Chicago.

    1. Bryan, I originally posted this on the "home cooking" board, but the team moved it here. However, thanks for the suggestion.

      Anyone else have ideas for good beef in the Texas Hill Country?

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      1. re: amazinc

        Don't know how good it has to be, but Bernhardt's (sp?)
        Market in Kerrville had good everyday meat that they cut themselves. It's not prime or aged, but their ribeyes cooked out by the Guadalupe will do in a pinch.

        1. For prime, dry aged beef, Central Market has some nice stuff. I recall that NY Strips were about $30 per pound. Not cheap, but good stuff. There's also a beef seller at the downtown Austin farmer's market.

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          1. re: Greg Spence

            When I saw the price of prime beef at CM, I decided to head to Costco to buy for a dinner party for six people. It wasn't prime, or dry aged, but it got rave reviews for about 1/3 the price.

            1. re: Greg Spence

              The Central Market dry-aged is Choice not Prime.

              The beef vendor at the downtown farmers market sells Piedmontese beef. It's extremely lean, probably even below Select, but is rather tender. I grilled a boneless ribeye last week and enjoyed it but it still does not compare to a well-marbled dry-aged steak.

              1. re: Kent Wang

                At the Plano Central Market, the dry aged beef is prime. The other type they sell is "Golden Angus," which is not graded.

                1. re: Kent Wang

                  The last time I was at the CM on north Lamar in Austin, they had prime dry aged beef. It was about two weeks ago.

              2. I've seen discussion about the "Prime" part of the question, but not about the "organic" and "hormone-free" parts. How many of the suggestions to date have been either organic or hormone free? I'm pretty sure Whole Foods is.