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Jan 3, 2007 02:15 AM

Omaha Steaks

I received a gift certificate for Omaha steaks. Any suggestions based on past experiences ? My expectations are not that high so let me know if I will be pleasantly suprised or am correct in assuming this is a marketing ploy to provide mediocre meats at premium prices. Cheers !

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  1. Don't ever "ass-u-me" anything (screemed in to my ear at boot camp many, many moons ago), however, your instincts are correct. ;-)

    Really mediocre meat at premium prices. I have some business associates who are headquarted in Omaha and they have shipped me Omaha steaks many times, and after the first time I tried them, I have adopted the practice of tossing any further shipments in to the garbage.

    You would be much better off finding some USDA Choice steaks at a local purveyor.

    1. COuld be a candidate for "regifting"....

      1. Well, the regular prices are premium, but you never pay the regular prices. Whenever you go to the store it is always a ridiculous percentage off. I actually think that their filet mignon is pretty good for the price (they label it top sirloin), assuming it's on sale. I think it's about $30 for 4 or 6 5 oz. filets when it's on sale (and maybe like $80 regular price for that box!).

        1. Whatever you do, try not to give them your real name/address/phone or they will HOUND YOU 24/7 after your first purchase.

          I agreee that the steaks I got weere "just ok." The complimentary burgers were bad. Like in off ...

          Not cool.

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            We got Omaha for a gift this year. The burgers were disappointing. Best of all, I have 12 more left. I think I'll defrost them instead and make something better requiring ground beef. Tacos, bolognese, chili, stuffed peppers, etc. Hopefully the steaks will be better. We've gotten Omaha before, but this time around the quality of their product(s) could have been much better. Don't know what happened. I had fun making fog with the dry ice. : )

            1. re: Cheese Boy

              We got a shipment of Omaha steaks products as a gift, and I defrosted the burgers to make bolognese and tacos!
              Even the pork chops went into flavoring a red gravy. The steaks were not good. The SO liked the hotdogs on the grill, though (me, not such a hotdog fan...)

              1. re: sashimi73

                Sounds like those steaks of mine might be going into flavoring a red gravy ... along with some pork [from a supermarket, LOL]. I'll try one beforehand. ;>)

            2. re: C. Hamster

              not cool indeed. They did this to us after screwing us over on a cancelled gift order (while they said they would cancel the order, they didn't actually cancel it - by the time we found out an hour later it was already "sent to shipping" and we had to pay for it. SCOUNDRELS!) Anyway, yeah, they kept calling us trying to get us to place another return, I was not cool to the telemarketers.

              1. re: lisa13

                Until you have opened the package, you can always cancel. Just tell the delivery driver that you're refusing delivery, and if Omaha Steaks doesn't refund your money then you can raise an awful lot of hell with someone.

                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  Right - but it was supposed to be a gift (for someone who likes getting stuff from Omaha - I would never order it for myself). It seemed a bit much to tell the recipient "please wait for the UPS guy and tell him to send it back".

                  We did raise holy hell, believe me. Since we were unwilling to be cads and tell the birthday boy to deal with returning his gift, they refused to negotiate. They fully understood what was going on, they just didn't give a rat's ass.

              2. re: C. Hamster

                OMG it's been so long since I ordered from them I completely forgot about the marketing assault. It really is relentless. They request, require, plead, wheedle, bargain, brown-nose, whine, demand, beg, it's a tough call whether it's more pathetic or obnoxious. And it goes on for YEARS- no kidding.

              3. Despite some of the comments here, Omaha Steaks are not to be thrown away except by the wealthy. But they're like USDA choice at your local market, and thus overpriced.

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                1. re: mpalmer6c

                  Do they even publish their USDA grade? Sorry, but the meat I have received from Omaha steaks was never better than Select, and I can get that a lot cheaper in the supermarket.

                  1. re: ChinoWayne

                    I received a Christmas gift of 6 filets & 6 burgers from Omaha Steaks. I looked everywhere (in the brochure, on the box, etc) for the USDA grade & could not find it anywhere....not a good sign. I prepared 3 of the filets on New Year's Day & agree with the group on this one: the filets were mediocre at best. They were relatively small, the texture was a bit mealy (not "like buttah" as a filet should be), and the flavor was completely bland.

                    Needless to say, I am not in a hurry to try the burgers.

                  2. re: mpalmer6c

                    I agree- it's not horrible, just not worth the money you pay. And really, don't you have more conscience than to refuse shipment just for the hell of it??
                    A friend worked his way through college as a waiter at Red Lobster (don't boo, he was a hard-working student) and he said they got their steaks from Omaha steaks. Red Lobster, at least twenty years ago, had really good ingredients, I didn't like the way they fix stuff, but they always cooked it perfectly, it's just too bad everything was breaded and covered with artificially flavored sauces.

                    Anyway, Davey said the steaks were high in quality. I believe him. I you knew his mom, you'd believe him too. She was a legendary good cook in her circles back in the day.