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Mar 28, 2008 07:55 AM

Whole Foods Meat

The nearest Whole Foods store for me is about a 30 minute drive, so I don't get out there too often. Looking for feedback on their meat, which I'm sure is good quality. Specifically interested in getting good porterhouse cuts (2-3" thick) to make Bistecca Fiorentina on the grill. Thanks!

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    1. re: mjoyous

      D'oh! Obviously, I should have done a search first. Thanks mjoyous, and joss2. Looks like I'll cross them off and stick with the local butcher, who is very good, but was just wondering if there was anything around that was a notch above.
      Thanks again.

    2. We did a "Steakhouse" themed dinner recently. We ordered thick dry-aged NY strips from Whole Foods @ $20/lb. The steaks were good, $20/lb good? I think we might have done just as well to suport our local butcher - at half the cost!

      1. I've had good luck with Whole meats, but yes, there's the "Whole" price too. Depending where you are, Stew's has nice meat, and they'll go out of their way to let you select the primal you like, and cut the way you like. Did the Courant article inspire you too?

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        1. re: BiscuitBoy

          Hi BiscuitBoy. I'm in Torrington, so I could make a journey to Stew's on the weekend, it'd be a good excuse to check out their wares, haven't been there in ages. I don't get the Courant, they had an article about the Bistecca? My inspiration comes from going to Panzano once a year and seeing the real thing. Although, I've made it at home in the past with good results, this year, I want to do it the traditional way, over coals and with that, would like to get my hands on the best cut possible.

          1. re: MagnumWino

            Yeah, bistecca fiorentina...Made me hungry for it too. Here's the link:
            It's gonna smell good in your neighborhood!

            1. re: BiscuitBoy

              Great article, thanks! Were were at Dario's shop and had dinner at his restaurant SoloCiccia this past November, both were amazing. I in fact purchased two monstrous bisteccas at his shop as a gift for a friend I visited that week. It killed me that I wouldn't be around to see (and taste) them being cooked. It was then that I knew I had to try them at home again, this time in the traditional way.

          2. re: BiscuitBoy

            Where is Stew's? Is it in Portland?

            1. re: matteo1973

              My guess would be Stew Leonard's in Connecticut. But if the OP is closer to NYC my vote would be for Fairway (uptown).

          3. As this is on the New England board, I am wondering which Whole Foods? If it is the one in Hadley, then you should for sure have not just a local butcher, but a local FARMER you should chat up. I may be a vegetarian, but I am all for local farmers getting meat eaters to buy direct. Many farmers get their meat butchered (for legal reasons by licensed slaughter house) and then sell direct themselves. Makes for a better economy -- no middle man.

            Of course, if this is not an option, which would be sad, then by all means the local butcher is the way to go, ESPECIALLY if he buys local. Ask if he does. Even if he doesn't, knowing that you care might just get the idea rolling.

            BTW, I hear that Western Mass is going to have their own slaughter house again, which will help all the locals who have had to haul their cattle far away due to the loss of the area slaughter house from fire a few years ago. This could have a great effect on the whole area's farming and meat trade in a positive way.

            No matter what, enjoy your meal!