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Feb 21, 2007 12:31 PM

Where to buy Wagyu Beef in San Francisco?

What butchers are carrying this these days?

(Ps. I know that technically this is not restaurant-related, but I need a source specific to San Francisco. Wagyu is not a nation-wide chain store product.)

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    1. Andronico's in Berkeley definitely carries it. The Solano location has sold some Wagyu rib roasts that looked too good to be true. sells dry-aged Wagyu beef and they ship nationwide.

      1. Andronico's in the Sunset has it too (labelled as "kobe beef", but given the price I'm sure it's American wagyu). I can't attest to the quality having never tried it, but they have pretty impressive variety... several cuts of steak, ground, and even roast in cold cuts.

        1. Thanks, gang. This is for an event on Friday, so mail order is not possible. It looks like I might be able to get Golden Gate Meat to send some over to the Ferry Bldg for me from their wholesale op. Otherwise I might have to make the treck to Andronico's.

          1. I've gotten Kobe beef from both Bryan's and the butcher inside CalMart, both in Laurel Village. Not sure how it differs fom Wagyu, but I had someone on this site tell that that is probably what I got when I thought I had Kobe. ???
            Whatever it was, it was good, and easy to get to from inside the city.

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            1. re: rabaja

              Wagyu is the name of the breed of cattle. Kobe is the name of the city famous for producing special beef from these cattle using special animal husbandry practices.

              Calling American Wagyu "Kobe beef" is like calling an American sparkling wine "Champagne": technically wrong but widely done.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Thanks for clearing this up for me, when it was stated that I had Wagyu and not Kobe I was a little confused, so thanks. What is the beef coming from Silver Snake? Must be Wagyu if it's from the USA, I'm pretty sure CalMarts butcher has it.

                1. re: rabaja

                  i believe that American "kobe/wagyu" beef is wagyu breed with a longhorn...back when kobe beef was banned in the U.S. they simply took wagyu and breed it with a US longhorn. that hybrid basically is what you'd find in the US nowadays

                  1. re: EnderWiggin

                    The breeding and raising practices also have a huge amount to do with the quality of the meat. In Japan the cows get fed beer and massaged.

                    Authentic Japanese Wagyu will come with a certificate that has a photo of the marbling a nose print from the cow and it's family lineage. Pretty wild.

                    Here is a steak from Nassu son of Fukuzakura from Miyazakit, Japan. Nassu sure was tasty...