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Aug 1, 2007 11:00 AM

Savenor's "the only place around with prime beef." Really?

Yesterday I picked up a big rib-eye, some shrimp, and goat cheese at the Cambridge Savenor's. Total came to $45 and the cashier joked that there wasn't much in the bag for that price and I said jokingly, "Gotta pay for being lazy. :)"

She was all smiles and said I should be pleased because you get what you pay for. She told me that Savenor's is "the only place around with prime beef." I know "around" is pretty vague but how true is this?

I've actually had pretty crappy luck with steaks at Savenor's since they opened the Cambridge outlet. I've paid less for steaks at TJ's and Wholefoods that have been much better. Fortunately though, the steak I got last night was terrific.

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  1. There's a general shortage of Prime beef right now.

    Peter Luger is even serving Choice to people who don't make reservations.

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      I could swear I saw some prime rib-eye steaks at the Whole Foods in Brighton the other day. They didn't look as marbled as I would have expected for prime, but I doubt WF would intentionally mislabel them.

      1. re: Bostonbob3

        That's some kind of urban legend... it has been debunked (at least as a matter of general practice and not some rare thing) on the Outer Boroughs board

        1. re: Luther

          Oh, it's very rare (the practice, and the meat:).

          It's just been lately when Prime beef has been in such shortage.
          I asked a butcher at Savenor's, and he says it's the worst he's seen in a decade.

          That's what happens when I buy up every piece of Prime in the country.

          1. re: Luther

            its really all about supply. remember that the animals have to be raised. a heifer that goes to slaughter around 2 yrs will generally yield prime. but the demand is so much that they slaughter earlier and yield a lesser choice or select. wha la-prime becomes harder to get and the price continues to rise overall.

          2. re: Bostonbob3

            What do you mean there's a shortage of Prime beef right now? A search on google-news didn't pull up anything on that. Can you post a link? Not trying to be antagonistic, just curious, since I have not heard that.

          3. You've got to search to find Prime these days, so I wouldn't be surprised if Savenor's really is the only place around that has it. On the other hand, I have no beef (sorry) with Choice grade myself given that my steak of preference is the fairly low-rent Top Sirloin cut.

            1. You can buy prime at The Butcher Shop. I was at Costco recently and they also had some prime beef, the problem is you have to buy alot of it. I am a fan of the dry aged choice steaks at Whole Foods.

              1. I would bet that John Dewar's in Newton Centre has prime... I just called, they only have prime strip.

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                1. re: steinpilz

                  I totally forgot about them! Yes they do indeed and like Savenors are a wholesale supplier as well, Great meat and competitive prices worth the drive if my memory serves.

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