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amazinc Jul 12, 2006 02:47 PM

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!!

  1. bryan Jul 13, 2006 05:23 AM

    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.

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      amazinc Jul 14, 2006 11:53 AM

      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
        River Rat Jul 14, 2006 09:19 PM

        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.

      2. k
        Kirk Jul 14, 2006 12:04 PM

        Whole Foods?

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          Greg Spence Jul 14, 2006 06:22 PM

          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
            Kirk Jul 14, 2006 09:24 PM

            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
              Kent Wang Jul 15, 2006 03:09 PM

              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
                Kirk Jul 15, 2006 05:42 PM

                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
                  Greg Spence Jul 15, 2006 08:29 PM

                  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. Knoblauch Jul 15, 2006 06:18 PM

                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.

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                  wendileigh Jul 16, 2006 07:15 PM

                  I don't know if they have organic but you can sure check. The meat is wonderful prime aged grass and grain fed at Cooper's Meat Market in San Antonio. http://www.coopersmeatmarket.com/abou...

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