Grass Fed Beef Steakhouse?
So... after a nice dinner at Jak's, I'm feeling exceptionally guilty.
I normally get my meat at the farmer's market (or, for boneless poultry, organic, free range at the market) and really do try to swear by the grass fed properly raised meat. But, at Jak's, they serve.. nay, they take pride in serving the finest corn-fed beef.
After reading Omnivore's Dilemma, I'm not sure how much more I can take it. Sure, I can still handle the occasional hamburger foray, but, a good steak should be treated with more respect.
So, I know Sterling Cafe served a skagit river ranch steak, but they closed at the end of July, and I'm looking for more of the steak house experience. So the hanger steak at Tilth isn't really perfect either (tho it is tasty).
El Gaucho serves 'Angus', The Met is corn fed and proud, and Daniel's is "USDA Prime" which is just as corn fed....
So, what's my options folks? Any suggestions (besides cooking it myself, of course)?
Well, since corn-fed beef is better marbled, tends to be a juicer meat (from the higher fat content) and generally more resplendent, I doubt you're going to find grass-fed beef at "real" steakhouses (unless it's a chef trying something as a special...), which specialize in the most decadent cuts.
If you're going to find grass-fed steaks anywhere, it'll be at bistro-type places that don't specialize in meats.
It's not a steakhouse but Crave does have grassfed on the menu. I've only been there once and had the double cut pork chop which I really enjoyed. I think they use all grassfed natural beef.
I think you will have a very difficult time finding a steak house style place serving grass-fed beef .... would be nice if places like el gaucho could wrap themselves around more sustainable food but i'd guess until their clientele demands it or the owners have a change of heart that won't happen.
That said, the rib-eye at Palace Kitchen is both grassfed and cooked over a grill, it's great. I'm sure there are a few other places that serve grassfed beef in town, but I've found none other cooked over a grill.