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Dec 19, 2008 02:38 PM

Best butcher to buy a prime rib

Preparing a prime rib for christmas dinner. Any thoughts on a good butcher in the West Los Angeles or Los Angeles area. Superior meat on Pico appears to have closed.

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  1. You're probably not that close to a HOWS supermarket, which is too bad because it's the best deal on a true prime rib roast.

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      I saw a small ad in the "Food" section of this week's LA Times for Hows - I believe it indicated $8.99/lb, but can't remember the grade.

    2. Huntington's Meat at Farmer's Market, 3rd and Fairfax. Every bit as good as Superior was.

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      1. re: Barbara Ladden

        A second for Huntington's -- we've gotten the Harris Ranch Prime Rib several years running and it is always excellent.

        1. re: Barbara Ladden

          I third Huntington's Meat. I've gotten a full standing rib roast there for every Christmas over the last decade and before.

        2. We have ordered our Christmas dinner prime rib from Whole Foods. We bought and roasted a small one to test the quality. It was fabulous. The butcher will debone it (but not cut quite all the way) and tie it back for you. He also suggested the ribs from from the small end.
          Pricey but very flavorful.

          1. Costco has Prime grade Prime Rib in their stores. It is cheaper than even How's and tastes just as good. Make sure to call to see if they have them in stock before you go. They have small roasts as well as whole 8-9 bone roasts

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            1. re: jkao1817

              Was at the MdR Costco yesterday, and they had just about everything that you speak of. Bone-in and boneless, three-bone roasts, 8-9 bone roasts, Prime grade and Choice... And as close as it is to Christmas, Costco was had about the normal amount of shoppers. Go in the evenings if you can...

              1. re: jkao1817

                I am a big fan of Costco meats. They're excellent and the prices are too.

                I'm getting mine tomorrow when I hope it won't be a madhouse. Then I'll follow Alton Brown's directions for dry curing it until Christmas.

                1. re: rainey

                  Please link to Alton's directions if you could be so kind.

                  1. re: JAB

                    I assume this is the one. I've used this technique, and it works quite well.