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?
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.
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.
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.
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.