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lilcee Nov 30, 2006 05:59 PM

I want to send steaks for Xmas gifts. I'm not sure which company to go with, Omaha Steaks or Kansas City Steak Company. Which tastes better in your opinion. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

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  1. sgwood415 Nov 30, 2006 06:03 PM

    I've been really disappointed with Omaha steaks. Thin cuts are the biggest problem with them. The burgers aren't bad. But there's a reason they run so many price promotions.

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      mark Nov 30, 2006 06:11 PM

      for what it's worth, my decidely non-'houndish in-laws ordered from omaha & were very disappointed in the cuts, tenderness, taste & expense.

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        Jesdamala Nov 30, 2006 06:12 PM

        Lobels in NYC...

        The Palm also sends steaks..

        as does Niman Ranch...

        Palm, Washington, DC, 800-388-7256, www.thepalm.com

        Lobel’s Prime Meats, New York, NY, 877-783-4512, www.lobels.com

        Niman Ranch Inc., Oakland, Calif., 866-808-0340, www.nimanranch.com

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        1. re: Jesdamala
          sgwood415 Nov 30, 2006 06:13 PM

          Yes, Niman is fantastic.

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            Brandon Nelson Nov 25, 2012 11:39 PM

            Yes it is. It is also some of the most humane and ecologically responsible meat you can find.

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          Jesdamala Nov 30, 2006 06:14 PM

          Forgot to add that Peter Luger's also does mail order...or did!

          http://www.peterluger.com

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            primebeefisgood Nov 30, 2006 06:15 PM

            I'd go with Allen Brothers. They have great, well-aged prime beef.

            1. joypirate Nov 30, 2006 08:07 PM

              Of the two, Kansas City Steaks. Also, they aren't as expensive as Lobels or Niman Ranch. They're about what Omaha Steaks was 5-7 years ago, before they really started pumping the meat full of beef broth (not that Kansas City doesn't do this, I'm not sure, but their steaks taste like steak, and not soggy, like Omaha Steaks now taste).

              1. Davwud Dec 1, 2006 12:57 AM

                Haven't had KC but Omaha are brutal. My FIL bought some a couple years ago and I couldn't believe how bad they were.

                I'm not really sure this is the route I'd go. I like to get my steaks fresh.

                Perhaps a bacon of the month or something along those lines.

                DT

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                  semiretired Dec 1, 2006 03:42 PM

                  I have ordered steaks for friends and for myself from Stock Yards Packing in Chicago since the 1970's and have yet to be disappointed by their products. They supply a number of fine steakhouses from coast to coast. Their prices are usually competitive with or slightly below Allen Brothers. Their web site (www.stockyards.com) will tell you more.

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                    jesternate Oct 12, 2007 08:39 AM

                    You have to go with Kansas City Steak Company, hands down. I have ordered from them several times and have never been disappointed. www.kansascitysteaks.com

                    1. sebetti Oct 12, 2007 09:33 AM

                      I've rec'd Omaha steaks as gifts several times over the past few years and have never liked them. Since I have a child and work full-time with a DH who travels 5 days a week, I always faithfully freeze them and plan to consume them but once I have the first steak, the rest always end up in the garbage. Nasty stuff.

                      I'm an Iowa girl living in the Pacific NW and I order all of my special occasion meat from a little place in Montour, Iowa (pop. 285) called Rubes. You can only order it overnight or 2nd day because they WILL NOT freeze the meat -- you'll receive it in a cooler on ice packs, vacuum-sealed. This place started out as a Tavern in the early 70's and the meat company was built wholly word of mouth. It's now a dining destination even though it is located in the middle of nowhere-land. Even if it's too pricey to send as gifts to multiple people, you should at least treat yourself!

                      http://www.rubesmeat.com

                      (mmmmm....steak....)

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                        chazzerking Oct 12, 2007 09:48 AM

                        Allen Bro's, Lobel's or Niman Ranch. Not Omaha. Haven't tried KC et so can't say about them.

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                          TBird Oct 12, 2007 09:53 AM

                          lobels or lugers, hands down.

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                          mpalmer6c Oct 12, 2007 10:13 AM

                          As you can gather from these posts, Omaha beef, at best, is about the same as stuff at your local supermarket. Haven't tried KC, but can vouch for Allen Brothers, which is genuine USDA prime, and delicious.

                          However, I'm now eating only grass-fed, and have gotten very tasty rib-eyes from an outfit called Tallgrass. A bonus -- they're about one-third lower in cost than Allen Bros.

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                            alkapal Oct 25, 2007 06:14 AM

                            http://www.hotel-online.com/News/PR20...
                            chicago tribune "cut" on Tallgrass. An interesting read, and a favorable review!

                          2. steakman55 Oct 12, 2007 04:27 PM

                            On a good day, Omaha steaks are the same as your local supermarket, but the only difference is that they cost 3-4 times as much plus shipping. Not familiar with KC.
                            If you want good USDA PRIME beef, got to try Lobels, Niman Ranch or Allen Bros. If you have a taste for the dry aged, pay more but it is worth it in this case.

                            1. amy_rc Oct 12, 2007 04:31 PM

                              I've had Omaha and I wasn't sold on it. It was average, no better than I could get at the market.

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                                shiprocks Apr 3, 2008 09:15 PM

                                Omaha Steaks Ok. Not worth the $$$. Kansas City Steaks almost inedible. I'm stunned at the low quality (gristle and no flavor) KC Steaks are.

                                1. speyerer Apr 3, 2008 10:12 PM

                                  Omaha Steaks not worth the $$$ plus you get tons and tons of junk mail after you order.
                                  The weight of the junk mail has now exceeded the poundage of the meat I orders.

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                                    KELSEYKINSEYSMOM Apr 21, 2008 12:52 PM

                                    I always choose Kansas City Steak. I have ordered for years for personal use and gifts and have never been disappointed. I was dismayed to read shiprocks comments. did you call them? You should, they seem like they truly care that you have a good experience. I serve the ham and prime rib for christmas and it is always a success. I think they are a great value.

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                                      kruckerj29 Aug 12, 2008 07:50 PM

                                      I have tried both and KC steak runs away with it. Better product for a similar price!

                                      1. Bill Hunt Aug 12, 2008 09:27 PM

                                        I can only comment on the Omaha Steaks, as I have never experienced the Kansas City Steak Company fare. Omaha Steaks has disappointed me on every occasion. I have had many of their various "packs," usually as gifts. Nothing has impressed me yet. Sorry to rain on half of your parade.

                                        Hunt

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                                          rmap01 Sep 12, 2008 03:35 PM

                                          This is no contest... KC Steaks hands down. The key wherever you buy is to get USDA Prime. If it's not labeled as such then it isn't. I've also compared KC with Stockyards (Private Stock). My wife cooked one of each filet mignon and on a separate night one of each strip steak (all USDA prime). We were both very surprised to find that the KC Steaks were more tender and tastier than Stockyards Private Stock cuts. (Know that they tout the private stock as the same cuts they say they sell to the best steakhouses in the country.) Looking to do the same comparison with Allen Bros, but boy they're expensive.

                                          1. Eat_Nopal Sep 12, 2008 03:45 PM

                                            That is like asking us to suggest whats better... McDonald's or Burger King... they both kind of suck.

                                            1. chicgail Oct 19, 2009 12:32 PM

                                              I agree with everyone else. As the recipient of a gift of Omaha Steaks, I was terribly disappointed with the flavor, the texture and the general quality of the product. I've never had Kansas City steaks so I can't comment on them. I now buy exclusively grass-fed beef, either from my local farmers market or on-line.

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                                                gavspen Nov 25, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                Resurrecting this after I got a KC catalogue in the mail.

                                                I was looking through thinking it was reasonably priced till I got to the back where they sell their "Private Stock" stuff. This, apparently, is the only USDA prime meat in the catalogue, which means all the rest is choice? As others have pointed out, this is supermarket steak at steakhouse prices. SOunds awful to me. Stick with the other quality names mentioned.

                                                1. re: gavspen
                                                  Karl S Nov 25, 2012 01:14 PM

                                                  They could be Select or Choice: they don't advertise the grade ("top" or "steakhouse quality" is without any meaning), so do not assume they are at least Choice. If they were Choice, they would almost certainly advertise at least that much. I take the lack of such advertising to mean they won't commit to the Choice grade. Caveat emptor.

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                                                    gavspen Nov 25, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                    Not even Choice, but maybe Select, you think? Good God! What is the world coming to? ;-) Not that we didnt know this already, but this is from some USDA website........

                                                    USDA Select Steaks. USDA Select is generally the lowest grade of steak you will find at a supermarket or restaurant. You will find it tougher, less juicy and less flavorful since it is leaner that Prime and Choice with very little marbling. The texture of Select is generally more coarse. Therefore, Select is not nearly as enjoyable or desirable.

                                                    To be selling that at premium prices would just be daylight robbery. Ouch!

                                                    1. re: gavspen
                                                      Karl S Nov 25, 2012 03:34 PM

                                                      Well, when it comes to skirt steak, I don't care about grade, since it's much less of an issue with that particular cut. Otherwise, I'd steer clear of any ungraded beef that wasn't for free, as it were.

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                                                kseiverd Nov 25, 2012 03:21 PM

                                                Do like Omaha's "steakburgers". Had a coupon for a package that I thought was good... 4 filets, and then stuff that I was not impressed by in the least... crab stuffed flounder, "gourmet" hotdogs, "gourmet" hotdogs, stuffed potatoes, some steakburgers and an extra 6.

                                                Bought a big hunk filet at Costco... maybe half a filet. Cut it iinto nice THICk steaks that ended up better than OS by far.

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                                                  maxbird Jan 4, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                  Yes, send them for Xmas but be aware that they do not put a gift card IN the box. I called about it and customer service was less than nice about it. A small message is on the outside of the address label. We were unaware of this and our giftees were unaware there was a message on the outside of the box. So they had no idea who the gift was from.

                                                  They said the steaks were delicious. But hopefully you won't have an issue because customer service was not very nice.

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