Where to buy/order top-of-the-line prime rib roast for Christmas
Any ideas? I'm thinking Fox and Obel, Whole Foods or someplace like that, but I'm wondering if there might be some other placs offering similar quality for better value. Thanks!
I actually think you'd be better off at a butcher/meat market than at the places you mentioned, in terms of both quality and value. If you're in the city, Paulina Market and Gepperth's come to mind as places that both fit the bill (both have been mentioned in fairly recent posts, I believe). Here is a link to Gepperth's in Lincoln Park:
All Sam's Clubs offer very nice packinghouse "choice" grade cryovac packaged cuts of meat, the prime rib is definitely worth a look.
There are great meat markets on Lake Street, just west of Halsted. I have purchased beautiful cuts of pork and beef at a fraction of the price in a grocery store.
So Donna, which meat market? Lake street is full of wholesale places with really big trucks and guys in white coats. Which ones are worth our while?
I got mine from Paulina Meat Market last time I did one, and it was very good and their service was very good also.
3501 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
(corner of Lincoln and Cornelia)
Tel: (773) 248-6272
If the western suburbs are convenient, you could go to Casey's Meat Market in Western Springs. They will customize any order you would wish, and it's all top-of-the-line.
HMMMM. YOU GOTTA LOVE MEAT!
I'm surprised no one mentioned Costco. Great meat for competitive prices.
Definitely second the Paulina Meat Market recommendation. While you're there, buy some homemade wieners and veal brats...great stuff.
There are a number of great ethnic deli/butchers in town that would likely be mush less expensive;
Kurowski's on Milwaukee Avenue, Great meat, Kielbasa. I usually start by hunting down an English speaking patron. The number of sausage varities are mind boggling.
Bari Foods on Grand Avenue, outstanding Italian Sausage too
Andy's Deli on Milwaukee Avenue
Minelli's Bros. in Niles on Northwest Highway. Great meats, Italian Sausage, Mama Minelli's fresh frozen pastas, marinaras, pestos, pizza's are excellent.
Gilmart's on South Archer Avenue, the best Keilbasa, deli, meats
Bobak's on South Archer Avenue
Riviera Foods on Harlem Avenue in Elmwood Park, great meats & sausage
I second the Casey's recommendation, if you're in the western burbs. In addition to being in Western Springs, they have a large presence in Naperville. (Located in the Colonial Plaza at Washington and Gartner.) Casey's has one of the best butcher counters that I personally have ever seen...If you've never been there, you'll be amazed.
Though more and more people seem to be going the cryovac route at Costco, I travel many miles to get my prime rib at:
Devon Avenue Meats, inside Morningfield Grocery in Park Ridge
800 Devon Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068
For a lengthy, and indeed obsessive, discussion of how to cook it once you've bought it, see http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?...
Thanks again for everybody's suggestions. After a little more research, I ended putting in an order with Gepperth's. They're fairly close to me (Lakeview) and I like to support local/independent/small purveyors when possible. I don't have a car, so some of the places in Western suburbs, for example, would not have been very convenient. However, they all sounded in like good sources so I will mention them to friends and colleagues who do live in those areas. Also, thanks for the forum link about preparing rib roast. As with turkeys and virtually everything else, there are different schools of thought about preparation and they are fun and interesting to explore.