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Oct 11, 2006 05:10 PM

Good Butcher in SD?

where can i buy a good steak in SD? I live in carmel valley and i cant seem to find anything. Please dont tell me Von's or Ralphs either.

Preferrably Certified Black Angus beef or USDA Prime. I've gone to Costco(average).. been to Whole Foods (the best i have found) ....

any other suggestions?

thanks guys.

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  1. Sisel's, on Ashton just off of Morena Blvd. across from Mission Bay Park. Or Iowa Meat Farms, which is on Mission Gorge Rd. a couple of blocks north of the I-8. Sisel's is probably closer to you.

    Both are owned by the <gasp> dreaded Cohen Restaurant Group, but the meat at both places is excellent. Since I live in the East County I shop more frequently at Iowa Meat Farms and have yet to purchase a bad piece of meat from them. I have occasionally purchased at Sisels and have not had a bad piece of meat from them either. Prices are $2-$5/lb more expensive than most grocery stores, Costco, etc; but with meat, most of the time you really do get what you pay for. And I for one have no problem paying Iowa Meat Farm prices.

    Both Sysco and US Foodservice have extensive CAB programs, if you know anyone in the business, they can probably get you whatever CAB product you want. Unless your food biz source is a high volume purchaser, pricing to you would be about the same as retail. And contrary to many people this board, I have absolutely zero problem with products from either broadline distributor. Once again, you get what you pay for, and both have products up and down the quality and price scale. I ended up with a 20+ lb., 7-bone, USDA Prime prime rib from Sysco last Christmas that was truly an exceptional piece of meat.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Interesting that the Cohen's bought those places. If they're smart, they'll leave them alone to run as they have for the past several years.

      They have info on both Iowa Meat Farms and Siesel's.

      Siesel's has good meat, no question. Just be prepared to pay for it.

      1. re: Josh

        Josh, Iowa Meat Farms (David Cohen is from Souix City) predates any of the restaurants. It had been in business a year or two before he opened the Corvette Diner.

        1. re: DiningDiva

          Interesting - did not know that. I was a little nervous about Siesel's being purchased, honestly (I'd never shopped at Iowa Meat Farms), but the quality level is still good (though the prices have gone up appreciably on some things).

    2. The butcher at the Bristol Farms Market in La Jolla (8510 Genesee Ave.) is pretty good.

      1. thanks guys. i should have mentioned that i dont mind paying extra. i dont eat steak every night so it is worth it to pay a couple bucks extra.

        it is crazy to me that the closest thing to me is in la jolla or even further out... mission valley? oh well. im going to go pick up a couple nice t-bones or strip steaks. ill let you know how it works out.

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        1. re: long_ballers

          Bristol Farms is locaetd near UTC at Costa Verde, not far from Carmel Valley at all. They had some dry aged prime steaks and a lot of other nice looking meats the last time I was in there. I bought some beef shank for stews and short ribs. It was all extremely expensive, but again we don't eat steaks or red meat that often, so it's worth it to us to spend a little more. I also like the Harris Ranch beef at Henry's, and the Angus beef and Grassfed beef at Trader Joes.

        2. Siesel's is in Bay Park, just south of Clairemont. Where are you coming from?

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          1. re: Josh

            Siesel's is on Ashton - cross street is Morena. It is right next door to Bay Park Seafood.

          2. My first choice is Iowa Meat Farms, but recently I've been pleased with Windmill Farms in Del Cerro, just off College north of I-8. Their butcher has good selection and quality, and their prices are competitive, with some terrific weekly specials.