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Kobe Beef

lisamp29 May 10, 2007 07:45 PM

Where can I buy Kobe beef in Los Angeles? Preferrably on the westside.

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    Burger Boy May 10, 2007 07:55 PM

    Japanese or American?

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      lisamp29 May 10, 2007 08:52 PM


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        monku May 10, 2007 09:06 PM

        I believe all you're going to find is American Wagyu. I think they've eased the restrictions on the importing of Japanese Kobe beef in the US, but I think with the demand you'll be hard pressed to find it, think most of it goes to high end restaurants in places like Las Vegas.

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        budlit May 11, 2007 07:37 AM

        vicente foods has snake river farms american kobe which is very good

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        bohemiana May 10, 2007 07:56 PM

        Be aware that except for one or two restaurants, most of the Kobe beef sold in the U.S. is a hybrid, American Kobe beef, which is not the same as the meat you get in Japan. I looked for a source for real Japanese beef for a long time and could never find one. I found some American Kobe beef online but to me it wasn't worth the money to gamble. I just can't imagine it could be as good.

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          nyfoodjoe May 10, 2007 07:58 PM

          Bristol Farms usually has Kobe beef...the real stuff....call ahead for availibility. Whole Paycheck(Foods..sorry) might also

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            phant0omx May 10, 2007 08:05 PM

            i had kobe beef at matsuhisa and thought i could have made better meat at home. i suppose it was american kobe i had. time to plan a trip to japan...

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              rickym13 May 10, 2007 08:11 PM

              not a store but "cut" has the real deal....i know this for sure since my friend's company is packaging them for japanese company that is importing the beef

          2. monku May 10, 2007 08:16 PM

            Just a fun bit of information Costco sells a 3 pound box of frozen Wagyu beef for $99 in the refrigerated section and if I remember correctly its already pre-cooked you just reheat it, think it was like a prime rib.

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              olsenc May 10, 2007 08:37 PM

              For about a year, trader joes had frozen kobe beef hamburgers which were american kobe beef, but they were UNREAL, each burger had around 70grams of fat, you didn't even need to put any condiments on the burgers, that's how good they were. They were made by Snake River Farms out of Idaho, they imported a heard of wagyu in the early 90's. unfortnately, as SO often is the case, joe's doesnt have them any more

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                monku May 10, 2007 08:47 PM

                I tried a box and they weren't bad. TJ's probably was a test market for them and they probably can't get enough anymore.

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                  nyfoodjoe May 10, 2007 09:09 PM

                  Snake River is the place the put Kobe American beef on the map....they were/are able to get full price for their product. They do not nee TJ's and their cut rate program to sell their meat. It is good stuff...we buy it for our catering business

            2. russkar May 10, 2007 09:20 PM

              Real Kobe? (I've had most of the American types of KOBE and it's all CRAP!)
              Japanese 12A grade? (Urasawa quality)
              IMP has it for about $1400- per 16lb piece (approx 85- per lb). 3 week lead time.
              Don't laugh some of you are paying 320- per lb (20- per oz = 320-lb) at CUT for 5A quality which isn't even close to Urasawa quality? (higher the # the better it is)

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                J.L. Jan 14, 2011 10:50 PM

                Here is a picture of Hiro-san's beef, from Fukushima prefecture, which we tried on our most recent visit to Urasawa. Sublime.

                Urasawa Restaurant
                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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