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May 11, 2007 07:40 PM

Dried Aged Steaks

We had a great time in Philadelphia last week. The Italian Market area in South Philly was wonderful. Cappuccio's Meats on 1019 S. 9th Street reminded me of a 1960's butcher shop.Beef and sausage and a pig in the front window and a whole veal hanging from the ceiling.Our Porterhouse was sliced on a very dangerous looking machine on our side of the counter. Everyone on Chowhound has to go to South Philly. Even a store with caged chickens, rabbits, pigeons and turkeys. You choose the victim and to the back he/she goes.
Actually, I was wondering where I could find some good dried aged beef around here (Maryland/Washington,DC).Other than Wagshalls and Whole Foods. Thanks.

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  1. used to be at eastern market, but not so sure of their reopening schedule

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    1. re: MTP

      The Mayor broke ground last week for the temporary structure that will house the merchants while the South Hall is restored. It's supposed to be ready for occupancy in July. Some of the vendors are operating under the awning outside but Union Meat said they can't and I think Canale's Butchers may have to wait as well. We really miss our prime beef and custom butchers.

    2. Unfortunately, DC is lacking a good butcher from where you can get good dry aged steaks anymore. Internet is going to be your best source besides Wegman's. I don't think Whole Foods does any dry aging.

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      1. re: jpschust

        Several Whole Foods have dry aging chambers. I think Silver Spring does the best job. Georgetown, Tenley (I think) both have them. I am sure there are Virginia stores with them but I don't know.

        1. re: jpschust

          I think DC is lacking in specialty stores in general. Not a big selection of butchers, fish mongers, cheese and cured meat stores, fruit and vegetable stands.... I mean it's probably our fault for this since on the demand side, the majority choose to go to whole paycheck or the big stores, leaving small specialty stores empty.

          1. re: cleveland park

            I think you're right about the demand side. Too many people want one-stop shopping and are willing to settle for lower quality at WF or big stores than what they can get from specialty small stores. Oddly, the prices are often the same or lower.
            It does take more time to hit more stores but if we do, those stores prosper and more open near them. FreshFarm Markets started with one at Dupont Circle and now they have 5 in the area. Other small shops are opening near those sites. There is a group trying to establish a food co-op on H Street. The Eastern Market has grown enormously in the past decade, drawing 25,000 people on weekends. The suburbs have good specialty shops, especially ethnic ones, and some areas seem to attract them.
            If we shop them, they will come. The trick is getting them to locate in clusters so that they're more convenient for shoppers.

            1. re: cleveland park

              To be expected....for an alarming number of people in this area, convenience and speed trump quality for food shopping and food in general. It is a sacrifice an increasing number of people seem to be choosing to make.

              1. re: cleveland park

                It's not just a DC problem...we have the same problem in Baltimore, and best I can tell most of the country does at well.

                Our society has unfortunately (to me, at least) decided that price is more important than quality.

                1. re: Hal Laurent

                  For some groups, there's a certain cachet associated with shopping at certain places and I don't think that price or quality even enter the equation. People even drove across Washington to shop at the Social Safeway in Washington and knew the best times to shop there. There were people who met their spouses at that store. Now the Whole Foods on P Street is a Meat Market in more ways than one. The Dupont Circle farmers' Market is a see-and-be-seen mecca. Many people don't even buy things. People visit Eastern Market for flowers and coffee alone.
                  From a purely food sense, if you get your food at a certain market, particularly prepared foods, there's a foodie imprimatur.

              2. re: jpschust

                Fair Lakes Whole Foods definitely does FWIW

              3. Wegman's has em, USDA prime dry aged. factor in the price of gas, then go.