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Best Place to Buy Rack of Lamb: East Bay or SF

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pointthemoon Dec 22, 2008 09:23 AM

Need to get a couple of crowns for rack of lamb.

Usually i would go to whole foods (but $15 a pound even on sale).

Anybody recommend places to get inexpensive but good rack of lamb in East Bay or SF?

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    ceekskat Dec 23, 2008 11:53 AM

    I was also looking for rack of lamb also (first timer) & went to Trader Joe's, but their rack seemed to have very little meat in it. Called Schaub's in Palo Alto nearby but that was 19.99 lb., yikes. Then called Whole Foods & turns out it is on sale for $13.99 lb. This better be one tasty meal! Would have gone to Costco but due to time constraints, didn't want to deal with separating & "frenching".

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      wolfe Dec 23, 2008 11:58 AM

      Actually Costco's are pretty well trimmed except I do have to cut off the silver skin . Sometimes getting the double plastic wrap off is a pain. Yield is 8 small rib chops.

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        ceekskat Dec 23, 2008 04:40 PM

        Thanks, good to know.

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          pointthemoon Dec 23, 2008 09:05 PM

          Stopped by Costco in Richmond - yucky looking and $12 per lb! Whole foods was $14 per lb. so went with that. The berkeley bowl was about 15 per lb and didn't look that great.

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      Rapini Dec 22, 2008 02:22 PM

      For moderately priced racks, I like Trader Joe's...for the best of the best, price-is-no-object, Enzo's in the Rockridge Market Hall.

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        pointthemoon Dec 22, 2008 11:34 PM

        never been a fan of traders joe - for anything except non edibles (liquor, beer, and flowers).

        Enzo's -- never been there so thanks for the tip! I'll check it out -- cool, instead of spending less will spend more!

        And thx for the great advice.

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        mochimunchie Dec 22, 2008 12:43 PM

        I've gotten racks at both Costco and Trader Joes and they are both really good. The one's from TJ's have more of the fat cap trimmed off.

        1. Melanie Wong Dec 22, 2008 11:21 AM

          Halal butcher shops for local lamb, usually from Dixon or Stockton.

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            slipson Dec 22, 2008 11:14 AM

            I buy racks from Costo and have been very happy with the quality.

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              DavidT Dec 22, 2008 09:47 AM

              You might want to check at Trader Joe's. I know I have bought very good boneless leg of lamb several times there in the past. I am pretty sure they carry a rack of lamb as well.

              1. Xiao Yang Dec 22, 2008 09:40 AM

                I believe Costco has it. It'll be from NZ and frozen (or previously frozen) but the price is right. I've been happy with the boneless leg of lamb from Costco.

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                  OldTimer Dec 22, 2008 09:37 AM

                  I get my racks from Costco. Cryovac'd Australian or New Zealand lamb, so smaller than most American lamb. I think about $8.99 lb.

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