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Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib) at Hows

I just bought my *prime* Prime Rib at Hows last night. They are on sale for $6.99 per pound with $35 purchase. I have heard good things about these roasts, so I am excited to try one. I wanted to give a head's up for anyone else out there who might want to pick one up.

My Costco meat has been disappointing of late, so I did not want to trust them with Prime Rib.

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  1. Really? I have found quite the opposited to be true lately. I went to the Hows on Huntington and had terrible tri tip and the other steaks we bought were overly tough. We now just buy from Costco and find we seldom get a bad piece of meat.

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    1. re: monkey

      Same here. Got the prime grade How's for Thanksgiving. It's not very impressive. I had a better choice grade from Bristol Farms a few years back.

      The Costco meat I got was acceptable (never tried the prime rib there though), but TJ's angus filet tip is the best out of the lot in terms of flavors and tenderness (I usually don't like filets).

    2. i thought standing rib roast is only "choice" grade?

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        1. re: Joe Blowe

          that is an awfully low price for prime grade.

        2. re: wilafur

          No, you can get standing rib roast in Choice or Prime. The problem is that Prime is usually reserved for restaurants and hotels and the consumer hardly gets to choose. So, what ends up happening is all we the consumer get is Choice-unless you have good connections with your butcher.

            1. re: biscottidude

              I saw someone advertise "Select" Rib Roast, PLEASE !

              1. re: Burger Boy

                SELECT, A.K.A UDSA Non-Toxic.

                Hamburger made from it is also horrid. Vons, Ralphs etc. have no good ground beef given it's source.

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  I agree, I've also seen that advertised. It all comes down to consumer beware. "Select" does not mean we selected it just for you...

                2. re: biscottidude

                  If you want Prime Rib, go to Huntington Meats at Farmer's Market, 3rd and Fairfax, L. A. We buy all our meat there and it's always excellent, and less expensive than some other markets.

                  Outback Steakhouse and Porterhouse Bistro meat I've read is Choice. Select to me is another word for leather.

              2. We got ours last year from Hows on Huntington... my mom decided to go for Bristol Farms (not sure if this was a good idea) this year because she thought the roast from Hows had a lot of waste (bone & fat). This would make our 2nd time making a roast so we still have a lot of trials and error to go til we find a good one. But that was our experience.

                1. I dont know what it is but I used to get much better prime rib steaks/roasts from Hows, maybe they changed their meat supplier or??? The last roast I had had huge chunks of fat in the middle, what with the bone and large chunks of fat it must of comprised half the weight. A prime should have small marbeling throught the meat not huge inedeble chunks of fat. The other thing that I think is tricky is that they used to offer boneless meat, now on this advertisment they dont state whether boneless or not. It is bone in. Some people like this but you are paying $7 a pound for bones that you will give to the dog.

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                  1. re: malibumike

                    That's funny - because for the one I made on Thanksgiving the only meat that is tender, juicy, well marbled and tasted like beef is the one right next to the bone! The center part seems like it's from a completely different animal - too lean and tasteless.

                  2. i know what it says on the ad, but i'm extremely skeptical that this is true prime beef. if it is, they're selling it at less than half what they're paying for it. who knows, maybe it's just the christmas spirit.

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                    1. re: FED

                      BE SKEPTICAL. MOST OF THE TIME WHAT IS ADVERSTISED AS PRIME IS NOT PRIME. YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE SPECIFIC AND ASK YOUR BUTCHER WHOM YOU HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH WHAT GRADE IT ACTUALLY IS. MOST OF THE TIME IT WOULD BE CHOICE BUT HARDLY EVER PRIME.

                      1. re: biscottidude

                        It's Prime.....Hows is one of the few supermarkets that sell this grade. You are correct yhat they probebly lose $$ on each roast sold , but hey, it gets you in the store. I've always received great pieces of meat from them

                        1. re: biscottidude

                          BISCOTTIDUDE,

                          SEARCH THIS VERY BOARD FOR "HOWS" AND "PRIME". HOWS ( http://www.howsmarkets.com/ ) PRIDES THEMSELVES ON BEING AN HONEST-TO-GOODNESS NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET...

                          They are not in the business of passing off inferior meat as prime. Not to mention, you can examine the blue USDA "Prime" stamp on the carcass if you wish. Just ask them, and they'll be happy to oblige.

                          (P.S. I'm not even going to bring up the different grades of Prime within Prime!)

                          1. re: Joe Blowe

                            Joe,

                            I never said that How's sells inferior meat. I go there often and I do buy meat from them. My point was that you have to be a little skeptical when you buy meat from establishments that you don't know. What I was trying to get across was that consumers should get to know their butcher so they can access the best beef possible. I Did not and was not referring to How's in any way as a place that sells questionable meat.

                            Yes, I agree with the blue stamp that the USDA Stamps on the carcass as being the holy grail since only they are issued the rollers. Still, is it fool proof? We all know the USDA has also had to deal with some issues of their own lately.

                            My apologies if I bristled anybody's hair if they thought I was referring to How's in any way negative.

                          2. re: biscottidude

                            No need to shout.

                            And whether you like it or not, HOWS sells Prime and Choice beef. It is illegal to advertise something as Prime if it isn't Prime. Sorry to disappoint you.

                            1. re: Jack Flash

                              Jack,

                              Sorry, it's been awhile since I've been to english 101. The "Caps" were not meant to convey a shouting forum. I'll be aware of that next time.

                              As for issue of How's please see response to Joe Blowe. I think this all started with the issue of Costco Meat vs. Hows Meat. It sounds like there are fans on both sides of the camp. Nice.

                              Thanks.