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Prather or Golden Gate?

Hosting a dinner party tomorrow night, haven't decided on what exactly...will be heading to Ferry Building to do some shopping.
I've been going to GG but read some good things about Prather. I know much will depend on what's there...but if you were going to choose, do you have a preference?

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  1. I prefer Prather for beef and GG for everything else.

    1. GG has always given me great service. Knowledgeable, family-run, friendly. Haven't been to Prather in a while, but my recollection is that their products are pre-packaged, so if you want some additional butchering or a very specific amount of meat, GG may be a better choice.

      1. If you're shopping on Saturday, Marin Sun's at the market.

        1. bi-rite, on 18th Street, has Marin Sun beef daily now--only place in town. great news if you're looking for beyond organic, grass-finished steaks. it's all pre-cut though, and they don't have roasts or unusual cuts. just the classics--NY, Hanger, that sort of thing.

          1. If you're going on Saturday, you also have the choice of Niman Ranch out in the back. Go early and you're likely to find selections you won't find at Whole Foods or Trader Joe.

            Re Prather Ranch, two things to keep in mind are a/this is grass fed beef [so is Marin Sun BTW] so it's going to taste different (better to some, too lean to others) and b/the meat will be frozen, so allow time to get it home, defrost and plate-age.

            1. my understanding is that prather beef is grain finished--very humane, sustainable, healthful, but grain finished nonetheless. same for Niman. Marin Sun is strictly grass-finished--never fed grain at all. (in case the OP cares).

              also, when I've bought meat at Prather it has not been frozen. I've only bought from the Marin Sun booth once, but i don't think that was frozen either.

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              1. re: Daniel Duane

                its always been fresh when i've bought from marin sun also...

              2. Thanks for the quick response!
                I had to shop this evening...I work in SF on Fridays but live in SJ. I went to both...I bought a leg of lamb at GG based on Morton's rec and with the idea that people rarely serve lamb and it's more memorable...picked up a grass finished veal top sirloin steak for later in the week and a pork chop (because the husband *looooves* pork and I like the look of joy on his face when he eats a good piece of pork) from Prather for fun.
                I'll let you know what happens....:) Thanks again!

                1. I've had great stuff from GG but keep in mind, they are more of a buyer/distibutor. Prather and Marin Sun are actual producers. Niman is a more of a marketing cooperative with a set of standards. I'm not making a judgement about any of them, although I do think the ground beef at Prather is about the best thing going. GG is more traditional and old school and they can get any obscurity you may be after. I like them all but probably would visit Niman last at a farmers market and first at a traditional grocery store.

                  1. I agree with earl grey, completely.

                    I LOVE Prather Meat -I buy the ground beef and picnic pork roasts (to make carnitas!) every other week. Also delicious- their beef short ribs, ground buffalo (to mix into burgers or chili), and hot dogs- i take these camping and cook them on a metal skewer. Yum.

                    A new addition they have are mini hickory smoked hams that you buy whole and slice yourself. if you like ham, do yourself a favor and get one, they are unbelievable.

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                    1. re: spicygirl

                      Are the hams from the Berkshire hogs? Kurobota?