Best place to buy a steak in L.A.?
A friend of mine is recovering from a recent illness and has been put on a high protein, very low fat diet. So, I thought, for her birthday, what better gift to give her than steak? But where can I buy the tastiest, yet leanest piece of meat in LA? And what cut should I buy?
In perusing prior posts, I came across Harvey's Gus and the two butchers in the farmer's market. Any thoughts? Also, I can't for the life of me find Harvey's Gus' # in the phone book so if anyone has it, I would really appreciate it.
Harvey Guss Meat Co is located at:
949 South Ogden Drive (by Olympic Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA
If you want a lean tasty steak, buy either a filet mignon or a New York Strip. In my opinion, a rib eye steak is the tastiest but it is not as lean as a filet mignon.
The place at the Farmer's Market is Marconda and they have excellent product. I had their dry-aged Prime Porterhouse the other night and it was mind-blowing. They also sell some meat that is known as Piedmont beef -- it's supposed to be very tasty and very low in fat. They are one of the only places around that carries this. The guys who work there couldn't be more helpful.
FYI, a New York cut (or strip), while not as fatty as rib eye, is one of the fattiest (ie. flavorful) cuts you can buy. If fat is really a concern you should think filet mignon (quite tender) or, a far better value, top sirloin.
Marconda's Meat Market
I've been buying prime steaks at Costco lately. The NY strips are wonderful, even after they've been frozen. About $35 for 4 good sized steaks. They had some amazing looking ribeyes, but that definitely has too much fat. They also had prime sirloin, but I use that for grinding into hamburger because it's a little tough to eat as steak.
Not sure what part of town you're in, but if the SGV is convenient to you I highly recommend Alexander's Prime Meats inside of Howie's Ranch Market.
Howie's Ranch Market
6580 N San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91775
Otherwise, yes: Harvey Guss or Marconda are great and Costco can really come through from time to time.
Howie's Ranch Market
6580 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA