Cheap Kobe beef at Biksbee's, Ridgefield CT
A new restaurant on Route 7 in Ridgefield, called Biksbee's (replacing the ill-fated steakhouse Lucille's) is offering what appears to be quite a low price on Kobe beef.
According to a huge full-page ad in today's Weston Forum, Biksbee's is offering two USDA Prime Kobe Beef steaks on their dinner menu - $25.99 for 8 ounces, and $34.99 for 16 ounces. The steaks include a choice of two: soup, salad or sides.
I thought Kobe beef was very very expensive, like $20 an ounce.... Maybe there are different kinds of Kobe??? I don't have a clue... Just thought this was a very reasonable amount for a dinner of this ilk.
Anyone been there yet?
American Kobe is nowhere near real Kobe from Japan, which is not available in the US. It is very good and I like the flavor and tenderness better than Angus. Depending on the cut, $30. is probably reasonable. Give it a try.
I have eaten at Biksbee's numerous times since they opened in Ridgefield and highly recommend their Maryland Crabcakes. Have not tried their Kobe Beef Steak but will report back when I do. The place is becoming popular and has been very busy now that people are spreading the word about their quality food at reasonable prices - something Lucille's didn't offer.
Actually Kobe is the capital of Hyogo prefecture in Japan. Any "Kobe" beef outside of Japan is technically Wagyu like the prior posters stated.
The bigger issue is the Japanese beef grading scale compared to the US.
Japanese grade beef from 1 to 12 rating.
USDA Prime is roughly 5 or 6 on the Japanese grade. So USDA top quality cut of beef is a 50% quality cut in Japan.
So in short, US "Kobe Style" beef is usually good quality beef, but in my personal opinion, its just a gimmick in most restaurants.
As a steak is not really the best way to enjoy kobe (Japanese or American). It is also not the way it is typically prepared in Japan, except in western style restaurants. It's not unheard of, but the fattiness of the beef makes it better suited to other preparations. Also, like Angus, it gets way more notoriety than it deserves. There are a great many breeds of cattle that produce excellent beef, each with their own unique strengths and characteristics. Some are even a good deal more expensive than the real deal kobe in Japan.