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Jan 9, 2008 04:09 PM

Where can I buy the best steaks?

Can anybody help me find the best steaks available for grilling in LA area?

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  1. harvey guss

    Harvey's Guss Meat Co
    949 S Ogden Dr, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. re: wilafur

      I strongly second Harvey's Guss. They are a wholesale butcher to some of the best restaurants in town. Prime beef, well aged at a price no market can compete with. Note that you must call a day ahead with your order and pick it up by about 1:00 p.m. the next day. Bring cash.

      1. re: wilafur

        Does Harvey Guss only do beef or can I also get chicken, pork, veal, etc. there?

          1. re: glutton

            yep, they are a full service butcher.

          1. We've had good experiences with the USDA Prime selection at Bristol Farms. Pricey, but definitely worth it

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            1. re: Ernie

              UGH. a chain . . . Bristol is good but there are FAR BETTER - try Alexander Meats

              1. re: blackbookali

                Don't be so quick to pooh-pooh Bristol Farms. I've found some of the best Wagyu beef at Bristol Farms. Expensive, sure, but when you're slicing it thin for shabu-shabu you don't need very much.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  went there today for pork tenderloins and watched them peel em out of the Farmer John wrapping . . . same thing I have seen at Ralphs. Bristol is GOOD but I would take Harvey Guss over them any day of the week.

                  1. re: blackbookali

                    Any day of the week except on the weekend. Or in the afternoon. Or most of the other times that place is closed, which seems to be most of the time. I appreciate that the shop is open at all to the general public but damn you've got to plan way ahead to enjoy Harvey Guss meats. :)

                    1. re: Frommtron

                      so true, and i have not done Harvey Guss nearly as often as I have places like Alexanders, Maracondas or Jims but they have stood out as the one of the best steaks i have ever had, including restaurants. If you are looking for "the best" - its Guss by a mile.

                2. re: blackbookali

                  I tried Alexander Meats once for some filets and rib eyes and not impressed at all considering the price. Would definitely not go back.

              2. Save a buck over Bristol (which doesn't even always carry prime beef), and at half the price but better quality, go to Huntington Meats in the 3rd/Fairfax farmer's market. That's your best bet by far.

                If you feel really compelled to get the "best" also consider Vicente Foods in Brentwood. They're the only retailer I'm aware of in the area that sells wagyu beef (granted it's Snake River from America). The catch is it runs about $70pp. Also, in my personal experience the marbling and look of the beef despite being wagyu is comparable to what I get at Huntington.

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                1. re: rogermexico

                  I second the emotion on Hunnington Meats. That place is the best butcher I have found in LA. I did a prime grade prime rib for $100 for 8 pounds on NYE, and it was to die for. Gorgeous meat. Their sausages are also the best in town hands down.

                  1. re: rogermexico

                    Vicente foods does have very good meat and kurobuta pork. I love the meats from Snake River farms.

                    1. re: rogermexico

                      I second Roger's call on this one. Vicente foods, at San Vicente and Bundy, has AMAZING meat as well as everything else. Amazing selection crammed into a seemingly small building. Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, the Ralphs in Malibu Colony (ASK FOR REGAN!!!!) are all good places. And for the prime Omaha shit... OMAHA STEAKS on Pico, east of Sepulveda, has large aged filets. Off the hook.

                      1. re: WORX4FUDE

                        I never noticed Omaha Steaks selling prime grade meat. Is this something new?

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Ooops! ha ha... not Prime with a capital "P." More prime like... wow, "that is a prime parking spot." =) I'm not sure what the quality is... Choice? Either way, I've cooked with these.... some wrapped in bacon, some grilled, other cubed into soups.... ALL good. =)

                    2. Both Sam's Club and Costco have excellent beef. Their ribeye steaks are hard to beat! Prices are reasonable for that quality.

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                      1. re: Clinton

                        Costco beef is good value, but not ultra-high quality, IMHO. Quite good, but short of top-drawer. I buy it, but my requirements aren't as stringent as some folks'.