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kc72 Jan 20, 2009 02:01 PM

Richmond location -- in the blue styrofoam.

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  1. wolfe Jan 20, 2009 03:32 PM

    Thank you, worth the special trip, at least visually. Marvelous marbling, eating will have to wait.

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      kc72 Jan 20, 2009 03:55 PM

      I tried finding out to see if it was a one week/one time deal but ran into a communication problem.

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        wolfe Jan 20, 2009 05:14 PM

        Considering the price and the look of the meat I'll bet it one time and much less than a week. This grade is selling elsewhere for 2 to 3 times this price.

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          wolfe Apr 30, 2009 06:18 AM

          This prediction on this thread probably eliminates my chances for the 2009 Nostradamus Award.

    2. nicedragonboy Jan 20, 2009 05:33 PM

      Much thanks. Will definitely go sometime this week...hope I don't miss it.

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        nicedragonboy Jan 26, 2009 11:03 PM

        picked up a 3 pack of ribeyes this morning and they look beautiful...seasoning and hopefully eating them tomorrow. some of the most beautiful marbling i've seen.

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          walker Jan 27, 2009 12:26 AM

          My Costco, El Camino in SSF, does not carry them : (

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            nicedragonboy Jan 29, 2009 07:00 PM

            Just grilled and had them this evening, rare to medium-rare....and yes...they were wonderful. Incredibly tender and buttery.

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          P. Punko Jan 20, 2009 09:21 PM

          We had some of these over Christmas from the Redwood City Costco (I think- maybe Mountain View). Sitting right next to the Choice you could see the obvious difference in marbling. They didn't have them a couple of weeks ago, so I think this is something to keep an eye on.

          It was a 4 pack of 1 3/4 inch boneless ribeye steaks. It was 27 for 4, so they must have been 8.99 a pound- the same deal I suppose.

          Adding:

          I followed these directions to a T for grilling and was able to grill steaks to 3 levels of doneness for guests with no guesswork. The guide is incredibly useful for thicker steaks.

          http://www.lindauerfarms.com/how_to_c...

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            Raisel Aug 13, 2009 12:49 PM

            We live in a suburban community just outside of New York City. We purchase most of our meat from Costco. The filet mignon is wonderful, sooooooooo tender.
            If you like porterhouse, they are usually large enough for two people. The lamb chops are yummy as well.
            My husband persuades the manager to have the butchers custom cut the steaks for him. Enjoy

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            elliora Jan 25, 2009 02:30 PM

            I picked up a package at the Concord Costco yesterday. They also had NY strip for the same price. Can't remember seeing them before but I was looking specifically this time based on this thread, thanks! We have been recession proofing our meals around here so it was nice to splurge but still get a great deal. Have not tried them yet, but they look beautiful.

            1. wolfe Jan 27, 2009 06:25 AM

              Finally ate one, Tender, delicious. Butterflied my wife's half so hers would be her favorite well, well done and broiled them both the same time. Ergo medium rare for the thick 1/2. Grilled onions, salt and pepper, best in a long time. Back to Costco this AM to see if there are any left.

              1. ChowFun_derek Jan 27, 2009 08:24 AM

                I was there yesterday and picked up 2 packages! (Thank god for the Food Saver)!

                1. jillyju Jan 27, 2009 06:01 PM

                  7.99 today at the Richmond location!

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                    hankstramm Jan 27, 2009 06:54 PM

                    Wonderful, someone spilled the beans--I knew it would happen soon enough. Guess what KC72, they will be scarce soon enough as everyone on this board will buy them up. Any chance a Chowhound monitor can delete this thread, so I can still find them. I knew this would happen!!!!! Foiled again.

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                      kc72 Jan 27, 2009 07:04 PM

                      Doesn't seem to be a problem when ppl are still buying it a week after I posted it. Plus, I posted it a couple of days after seeing it on another site.

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                        wolfe Jan 27, 2009 07:08 PM

                        That's what should happen to people who keep "their" dim sum favorite secret.
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5889...

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                          kc72 Jan 27, 2009 07:10 PM

                          lol.. must be really good if nobody mentions it.

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                          hankstramm Jan 28, 2009 07:05 PM

                          I've just found that once things make it to chowhound or yelp, they either become too crowded (in the case of restaurants: Slanted Door--Clinton ruined that one, Burma S.Star, Shanghai Dumpling King etc) or they just don't have what I used to get (e.g. onglet at butcher shops--used to be $3.99-4.99/lb and nobody even knew what it was--now I'm paying $10-12.99). What I fear is $8.99 prime strips will go the way of the $2.99 artisan sausages (before they became trendy) or affordble short ribs (used to be $1.99 not too long ago, now they're $5.99/lb), veal shanks now at $12.99 for the good one. The list is endless...

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                            P. Punko Jan 31, 2009 08:34 PM

                            These trends go way beyond Chowhound. Chowhound/Yelp correlate with buzz, they are not the cause of it.

                      2. kungful Jan 29, 2009 09:07 AM

                        I picked up a pack of the NY steaks and grilled them last night.
                        They were significantly more tender than the choice cuts we usually buy.
                        Well worth the extra $.

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                        1. re: kungful
                          Ruth Lafler Jan 31, 2009 08:07 AM

                          Do all the stores that have the rib eyes have the NY strips (which I prefer -- I find rib eye to be too bland)?

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                            grishnackh Jan 31, 2009 12:11 PM

                            At the SF location they did have NY strips in the same case and in the same blue styrofoam though most of them had 'USDA Choice' stickers on the clear plastic. This was also the case for the bone-in ribeye steaks present. I thought it was a somewhat odd juxtaposition of products.

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                              ChowFun_derek Jan 31, 2009 04:37 PM

                              If you look closely.... they have 'overwritten' the Choice with Prime.

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                                Ruth Lafler Jan 31, 2009 05:53 PM

                                I picked up a package of the NY strips at the Richmond location -- thanks for the tip of looking for the blue packages (which clearly said "USDA Prime" on the sticker). Damn. Those are some fine steaks! Maybe the best I've ever had! They also had the ribeyes for $7.99, which as the guy reaching for the package next me said, is a stupid-good price.

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                                  ML8000 Jan 31, 2009 10:07 PM

                                  Funny, that's what I was thinking when I picked a 4-pack of rib eyes today...well not quite. I was thinking more like, you can buy bad, un-graded steaks for that much or more, easily.

                                  I'm probably going to cook 2-3 tomorrow...just wondering about the freezing them. I'd hate to have freeze prime meat.

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                                    DezzerSF Jan 31, 2009 10:14 PM

                                    Give me one and I'll save you the trouble.

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                                      ML8000 Jan 31, 2009 10:29 PM

                                      You know I seriously thought about giving it to my neighbor but they don't eat red meat...and they might feed it to their dog. Sort of a shame on both counts.

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                                      Ruth Lafler Jan 31, 2009 10:39 PM

                                      You could try dry-aging a couple in your fridge -- I've never done it, but I've read posts here about it.

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                                        P. Punko Jan 31, 2009 10:42 PM

                                        Dry aging requires if not a full side of beef, at least a pretty big chunk so you can cut off the rotted parts (at least that was my impression of the board consensus). I think the best thing to do is feed the rest of the board steaks.

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                                          Ruth Lafler Jan 31, 2009 10:46 PM

                                          Not according to the posters here: http://www.chow.com/home_cooking_dige...

                                          Apparently doing it at home you don't let the mold develop.

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                                            ML8000 Jan 31, 2009 11:12 PM

                                            Wow, didn't think about aging it...but I won't. I think I'll just freeze it. A little too dicey for me. Besides the CH link, I found this
                                            http://www.askthemeatman.com/is_it_po...

                                            Seems like you could rig a small dorm-like frig to do a better job, add some fans, etc. Wet aging sounds a little more reasonable...just have to get the vacuum bags/machine.

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                                              ML8000 Jan 31, 2009 11:18 PM

                                              Sure enough...someone figured out and rigged a small frig to dry age. Serious meat geek...but if I ate that much beef, I'd try it. There's directions on how he did it.

                                              http://www.barbecuebible.com/board/vi...

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                                              P. Punko Feb 1, 2009 08:04 AM

                                              In general, most are aging larger pieces. Only one poster aged individual steaks. It could be worth a shot. Aged tastes so unbelievably good.

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                                          dietndesire Feb 8, 2009 07:31 PM

                                          If you freeze meat in heavy aluminum foil, wrapped tightly and well you won't know the difference. Almost nobody would, if anyone.
                                          And if you think you do it is probably the knowledge that it was frozen creeping in there. Blind taste test would be a more appropriate measure.
                                          Don't waste it and/or feed it to a dog.
                                          Dogs should eat real meat but no need for prime rib steak.

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                                  Cheesy Oysters Jan 29, 2009 09:51 AM

                                  Thanks for the tip. I grabbed a pack out in the Livermore Costco the other day. I usually sear in a little olive oil and butter. These steaks needed very little since they have so much marbling. Next time I think I'll try grilling.

                                  1. grishnackh Jan 30, 2009 09:19 AM

                                    These were $7.99 a pound at the San Francisco location last night. They had many packages of ribeye steaks and three or four smaller boneless rib roasts weighing in at three to five pounds.

                                    I grabbed two great-looking packages and can't wait to grill them up.

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                                      hankstramm Jan 30, 2009 09:27 PM

                                      they had many--give it a month and they'll be scarce......

                                    2. kchurchill5 Jan 31, 2009 05:55 PM

                                      We have Costco here too, FL. Got the same deal. Mine wasn't last week, but has great prices on them and they are Great Steaks!

                                      1. FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 08:47 PM

                                        like a good ribeye and costco delivers..but with my current situation tofu beans rice looking pretty good right now...

                                        1. applehome Jan 31, 2009 11:39 PM

                                          Many years ago, I found a blue USDA Prime stamp on one of the cryo-vac'd sub-primals, and I asked the Costco butcher about it. He said that the contracts Costco had with the packers they dealt with was that the packers had to supply Prime in lieu of Choice for the same price, if they ran out of Choice. So he said that periodically, they would get a shipment of Prime meat, and they sold it for the same price. I have since periodically looked for and bought USDA Prime top loin, tenderloin or rib sub-primals several times.

                                          But he also explained that while the USDA gradings are very coarse, packers and butchers know that there is a top end and lower quality beef even within the Choice grading. Certain sources will consistently give you one quality. Costco has always dealt with the packers that give them the best USDA Choice. In fact, there is little difference between the top end of USDA Choice and the bottom end of USDA Prime, especially given that the meat is graded before it is even cut into primals. What you're getting as a "special deal" USDA Prime may be somewhat better than Costco's normal USDA Choice, but given that you were already getting the top end of Choice, it isn't necesarily a shocking amount of difference.

                                          OTOH if you find that this stuff, as great as it is, isn't quite as good as the Prime steaks in a top notch steak house, it's because it probably isn't. The steak house sources their USDA Prime from people that deliver the best Prime.

                                          None of this takes away from the fact that Costco sells great quality beef for a great price. Now if we could only do something about all that methane and cowshit...

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                                            nicedragonboy Jan 31, 2009 11:48 PM

                                            I dunno if you've already gone by to get some of the prime stamped stuff recently, but when I was there mid week to pick up a 3 pack I did stop to compare it to a package of the Choice stamped package sitting right next to it, and you could see a significant difference in the marbling.

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                                              P. Punko Feb 1, 2009 07:53 AM

                                              Yeah, the marbling is so obvious between the Costco prime and choice it was almost shocking.

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                                                ML8000 Feb 1, 2009 08:19 PM

                                                I grilled up the rib eyes and they were definitely prime beef. Pushing them down on the grill with a spatula caused huge and instant flames...way more then a 80% lean burger.

                                            2. grishnackh Feb 1, 2009 09:46 AM

                                              This thread needs a photo.

                                               
                                              1. kchurchill5 Feb 1, 2009 09:51 AM

                                                Freezing is getting off track but I always double freeze. I baggie make sure all the air is out as much as possible, then another bag. Seems to work, but I use pretty quick too. Don't freeze too long. Never had a problem but hey I have to cut corners when possible.

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                                                  Ruth Lafler Feb 1, 2009 10:30 AM

                                                  The ziplock freezer bags are good: they do that with an inner lining and an outer bag.

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                                                  mrs bacon Feb 2, 2009 08:47 AM

                                                  Picked up a package of both NY and ribeye. I tried to choose the ones that had the best marbling. So I was somewhat surprised when we grilled a NY last night (med. rare) and found it a bit chewy. However, the steak had good flavor. Maybe just bad luck? I know that the ribeye is usually a more tender cut, and I'm really not obsessed with tenderness in a steak (I like the more toothsome cuts like onglet, e.g.).

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                                                  1. re: mrs bacon
                                                    Ruth Lafler Feb 2, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                    Maybe. I've had a couple of the NY strips and they were both very tender (even the one I overcooked slightly, closer to medium than medium rare).

                                                  2. DezzerSF Feb 8, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                    I saw them in the SF store, but nothing at Fremont. The worker even said, "we only carry USDA Choice".

                                                    1. Ruth Lafler Feb 11, 2009 07:07 PM

                                                      They still had these tonight at the San Leandro Costco: $7.99 for the rib eyes and $8.99 for the NY strips.

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                                                        hankstramm Feb 12, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                        That's cause most people are looking for the leanest ones they can find as a opposed to the ones with marbling. I was totally wrong when I expected the prime to fly off the shelf--the reality is that most of the Asian ladies I see in Costco, pass up the well-marbled for the lean looking ones.

                                                      2. EnderWiggin Feb 23, 2009 01:18 PM

                                                        I just picked up a pack each of ribeye and NY strips.

                                                        I also asked the butcher for a whole primal ribeye (usda prime) so that I can use it for shabu shabu tonight. It turned out to be 14 lbs. for $92.72. So that turned out to be about $6.66 a pound. I'm going to split it with a friend and just use his meat slicer to cut them into nice slices.

                                                        The only downside is that you have to buy an entire primal cut which averages 15 lbs. and that you can't see the marbling at all b/c it is vacuum sealed.

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                                                          grishnackh Feb 23, 2009 02:17 PM

                                                          Their ribeye primal cuts are almost always USDA Choice. Did they sell you one that was USDA Prime?

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                                                            EnderWiggin Feb 23, 2009 04:08 PM

                                                            Yes. I double checked the price tag and made sure that it was labeled whole primal ribeye USDA Prime and the stamp also said USDA Prime.

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                                                              grishnackh Feb 23, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                              Wow. That is a great deal. Was this sold boneless or bone-in?

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                                                                EnderWiggin Feb 23, 2009 06:40 PM

                                                                Boneless. I just finished eating some of it and it was well worth it. Barely made a dent into it.

                                                        2. Alice Patis Feb 23, 2009 05:49 PM

                                                          Maybe someone should ask a Chow Editor to change the subject line to Costco Prime Ribeye $7.99/lb, because that's still the current price. Snapped a few photos at the San Jose (Almaden) location.

                                                          1st photo shows Prime Ribeye on the left in blue trays and Choice on the right.
                                                          2nd photo is a composite showing two photos of two trays of Ribeye.
                                                          3rd Photo is a composite showing two NY Steaks: Prime NY (Left) is currently $8.99/lb, Choice NY (Right) is $6.89/lb
                                                          Sorry there's some glare on the plastic wrap.

                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
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                                                            Mission Feb 23, 2009 08:33 PM

                                                            This has to be the most bizzare thread I have ever read on CH!

                                                            56 replies and only 3-4 people that actually said anything about how these steaks tasted?

                                                            None of them being very descriptive or positive.

                                                            Now I know why...they are disgusting!

                                                            I love steaks and I love Ribeyes the best because they have a lot of "fat flavor".

                                                            I have had literally thousands of steaks in my life, cooked in many different styles.

                                                            So I figured I would have to try these?

                                                            These "Prime" Ribeyes from Costco were the most unbelievable super fatty, flavorless pieces of steak I have ever had the misfortune to eat.

                                                            I cooked them on the outdoor grill, under the broiler and in a cast iron grill and every single bite involved me spitting out about a tablespoon of flavorless, gelatinous, greasy fat.

                                                            And when I say every bite...I mean every bite.

                                                            Yuck!

                                                            Gaad,please tell me these is not what Kobe beef is like?

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                                                              applehome Feb 24, 2009 12:59 AM

                                                              Kobe beef is much, much more marbled than USDA Prime. The Japanese rating system is far more complex, reflecting a much greater range, than USDA. It's best served raw or nearly raw, with just a quick sear. Any cooking, and the fat just congeals - the meat actually gets tough. People who order even US Wagyu cooked medium (or worse!) just don't get it - they just don't appreciate the incredible flavor of the fat in the rare meat, which is the pure joy of Wagyu.

                                                              You say that you like fat flavor but then you say that these are super fatty flavorless pieces. When you speak of having had many steaks, are you comparing these to other USDA Prime grade steaks? I'm trying to get the idea of whether you just don't like fat, or you just didn't like these steaks, but you've had well marbled USDA Prime beef before which you've liked. If the latter, can you take a guess as to why the fat in these were so bad, when you actually like fat flavor?

                                                              Ribeyes, especially the big end, have large chunks of fat that go beyond marbling, in the area between the cap and the main muscle. But the marbled meat itself is the real joy. I try not to eat the big chunks of fat - they can be overwhelming even for a fat lover, like me (sometimes, I just can't resist - hey it's in the genes...). If I don't want the fat chunks, I go back to the short loin and get a Porterhouse/T-Bone or just a Strip.

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                                                                Ruth Lafler Feb 24, 2009 10:04 AM

                                                                I like the fat, too. But if there are big chunks I cut them off and render the fat, and then cook the steaks in it. Yum!

                                                                That said, I like NY strips better than rib eyes, which I personally find kind of bland and mushy.

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                                                                P. Punko Feb 24, 2009 09:44 AM

                                                                Ribeyes can be fatty. We had almost 2 inch thick prime ribeyes from Costco, cooked according the instructions I linked above, and they were very, very good. No issue with "fatty bites" save for the ends, and as applehome mentions the other parts, which are just the usual giant hunks of fat in a ribeye. These were in no way weird or different than very good steaks. No weird textural issues.

                                                                Get the New York strip instead.

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                                                                  ML8000 Feb 24, 2009 10:58 AM

                                                                  I grilled the rib eyes on a gas grill to med-rare and they tasted fine (nothing weird) but more importantly they were very tender. They weren't trimmed like a $20/lb steak but considering what you usually get at the grocery store for $7.99...they were great.

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                                                                    P. Punko Feb 24, 2009 12:25 PM

                                                                    The packs I looked at were very variable. I made sure to pick one with four pretty evenly cut steaks, and with the minimum of weird spots.

                                                            2. Paul H Mar 25, 2009 08:55 PM

                                                              Finally found some Prime Ribeye steaks at the South San Francisco Costco store. ($8.99/lb). But the exciting thing today was whole tenderloins of choice beef for $6.39/lb. Think about that folks, whole beef tenderloin for $6.39 a pound.

                                                              Filet Mignon will set you back anywhere from $20 to $30 per lb. at your Supermarket. Even with 40% waste when trimming your whole tenderloin, you will end up with filet mignon for $10.65/lb. A damn good deal, I say.

                                                              (Search for "tender is the loin" on YouTube for a great Good Eats episode showing how to butcher a whole tenderloin of beef.)

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                                                                ML8000 Apr 29, 2009 09:20 PM

                                                                I was by Costco and the prime rib eyes went up $1 to $9.99/lb. Still a bargain but I went with choice at $7.99. Lots of marbling but we'll see how the choice is.

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                                                                  walker Apr 30, 2009 12:40 AM

                                                                  About 2 weeks ago I finally got some ribeyes at SF Costco (they don't have them on El Camino) and did them outside on charcoal grill -- so excellent -- best steak we've eaten in years.

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                                                                    baron45 Apr 30, 2009 07:11 AM

                                                                    They have them at the SFO location off Airport Blvd.

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                                                                    kc72 Jun 17, 2009 02:24 PM

                                                                    Richmond Costco today:

                                                                    Prime ribeye $9.99/lb
                                                                    Prime NY $10.99/lb

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                                                                    1. re: kc72
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                                                                      ML8000 Jun 17, 2009 02:52 PM

                                                                      I picked up some prime rib eyes about a week ago. Still quite a deal, definitely worth the price...and much better then the Costco choice.

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                                                                        jeweleee Jun 17, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                        We picked up some prime rib eyes there last Saturday, let them sit overnight in the Batali porcini/garlic/sugar/salt method, and then grilled them up on Sunday for dinner. They were fantastic. Best steak I've had in memory. Great beefy flavor but also very moist and tender, though not mushy like some prime steaks can get. And I love the Batali method for ribeyes.

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                                                                        ML8000 Jul 20, 2009 02:24 AM

                                                                        Here's an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal that explains why prime beef is available at retail stores like Costco, at low prices. (It mentions Wagyu for $14.99 elsewhere.) BTW, I was in Costco the other day and the NY Strip is now $10.99, rib eye might be $9.99.

                                                                        http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

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                                                                          nicedragonboy Jul 20, 2009 10:09 AM

                                                                          Thanks for the article...very informative. Wouldn't that be something if local costcos started carrying Wagyu for that price, even if it was the American or Australian varieties.

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                                                                            ML8000 Jul 20, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                                            If Costco carried Wagyu at $15/lb I think there would be a feeding frenzy. In the BA I don't think it would ever get to that price since there's enough restaurants that would want to serve it. One can hope however. I know I'd get some or a lot.

                                                                        2. nicedragonboy Jul 24, 2009 09:33 AM

                                                                          Has anyone seen prime at an East Bay Costco lately? I went last Tuesday to the Richmond Costco and sadly there was no Blue Styrofoam to be found.

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                                                                            kungful Jul 24, 2009 10:23 AM

                                                                            The Danville/San Ramon store had them last wednesday (and seem to always have some).

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                                                                              wolfe Jul 24, 2009 10:32 AM

                                                                              I bought New Yorks this week and they also had rib eye this Tuesday after work. There were 7-8 packages of each.

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                                                                                ML8000 Jul 24, 2009 10:49 AM

                                                                                I was at Richmond 10 days ago and there was prime beef but only NY strip.

                                                                                They did move what is stocked in each open refrig around so some beef is now where the fish was...and the fish moved over towards the middle.

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                                                                                  smiles33 Aug 1, 2009 08:21 PM

                                                                                  We picked up Prime Ribeyes from the Fremont Costco last Monday. Delicious and the best steaks we've had outside of a top steakhouse!

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                                                                                    eugevon Aug 3, 2009 10:47 PM

                                                                                    thanks for the tip about the Prime beef.

                                                                                    At the Richmond Costco this weekend, there were some prime steaks, a rib roast, New York.

                                                                                    They even had an end fridge highlighting sets of four vacuum packed ribeye's and New York's for $8.99 a pound. I bought a four pack and can't wait to try it out.

                                                                                     
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                                                                                      calny Aug 8, 2009 02:21 PM

                                                                                      Do you mean the frozen prime steaks? I was curious about those, as I'm generally afraid of frozen meat. Please let us know how they are. If they're good, it would be great for me, as I'm in a two person household and the fresh steaks come 3-5 per package.

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                                                                                        Paul H Aug 8, 2009 02:49 PM

                                                                                        They are not frozen. Just go to Costco, and look for the blue Styrofoam trays.

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                                                                                          wolfe Aug 8, 2009 02:58 PM

                                                                                          Perhaps there are now vacuum packed individual steaks packaged like the premium hamburger. That way you can open one at time and not have to repack the blue tray steaks for the freezer. i would like that since it would protect the meat better than the saran wrap, foil wrapping I do now. Providing, of course, that the frozen steaks are the same quality as the blue tray specials.

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                                                                                            calny Aug 8, 2009 03:25 PM

                                                                                            I was at the Richmond Costco yesterday and saw frozen prime steaks at $8.99/lb. I'm familiar with the fresh ones in the blue trays, but am curious about the new (to me) frozen ones. Anyone tried them?

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                                                                                              twocents Aug 8, 2009 03:40 PM

                                                                                              tried one this week, pretty good, but perhaps not as good as the rib-eyes we cut off a 15- or 16- lb whole prime rib roast earlier this year. seemed to lack some of the corn-fed beefiness that the in-house steaks had. I will reserve final judgment until I have on prepared by my other half, who is a talented cook.

                                                                                              If there is a difference, I would not attribute it to the freezing, as we regularly freeze steaks we buy there without affecting the taste too much.

                                                                                              We have been enthusiastic consumers of the prime, especially the rib-eye and rib roasts, since they have started having them frequently.

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                                                                                                eugevon Aug 9, 2009 11:22 PM

                                                                                                I barbecued a few the other day and thought that they were very good, but not knock my socks off good.

                                                                                                I should have bought both the frozen and the fresh and done a taste test. Happy with the purchase though.

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                                                                                        teela brown Aug 2, 2009 10:48 AM

                                                                                        Found prime New Yorks at the Gilroy Costco yesterday and bbq'd a couple last night.

                                                                                        They were about the best steaks I've ever had, even counting those eaten at high-end steak restaurants. They were definitely the best New Yorks I've ever had, because they were as tender and juicy as a ribeye and as flavorful as a sirloin. And I've got three more in the freezer! I should have bought more while I had the chance.

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                                                                                          jart Aug 8, 2009 03:20 AM

                                                                                          as of 2 days ago, the prime NY steaks were $10.99/lb at the Danville Costco. still a great deal. even though i accidentally over-cooked one, it still 'cut like butter'. very tasty.
                                                                                          many thanks to all the posters here, i was a long-lapsed costco member, and actually am not too fond of the store, but these steaks are well worth it.

                                                                                          1. Robert Lauriston Aug 9, 2009 10:12 AM

                                                                                            I got some prime rib-eye steaks at the Richmond Costco this week.

                                                                                            I'm used to dry-aged, bone-in steaks from boutique suppliers like Niman and Magruder, by comparison these were bland and boring. Yeah, they cost way over $9 a pound, but for that price I'd rather get a hanger steak / bavette / onglet.

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                                                                                            1. re: Robert Lauriston
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                                                                                              ML8000 Aug 9, 2009 12:15 PM

                                                                                              What is the price of aged prime steaks now, $30 p/lb?

                                                                                              Aged beef might taste better but the $9 p/lb prime works on a different premise in my view. Instead of paying $7 p/lb for choice or worse grocery store steaks you're paying $9 p/lb for a much, much better steak.

                                                                                              A 30% bump in price on $7 is reasonable for what you get. The 200-300% bump in price from $9 p/lb for Costco prime to the price of aged prime is much more difficult to navigate, to say nothing of the current economy.

                                                                                              1. re: ML8000
                                                                                                Robert Lauriston Aug 9, 2009 12:37 PM

                                                                                                It's not significantly better to my taste. If my budget doesn't allow for first-rate dry-aged prime beef, I'll make hamburgers or kebabs with delicious <$4 beef from the halal grocer.

                                                                                                The current economy is responsible for Costco having cheap prime beef. Business is way down at the steakhouses that would normally buy it, age it, and cook it bone-in.

                                                                                                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                                                                                                  sricha Aug 14, 2009 06:21 PM

                                                                                                  Just picked up a whole boneless prime ribeye from the Sunnyvale Costco. I had asked for a NY but they did not have any whole loins. Just over 14 lbs at $6.99. Seems like a steal, looking forward to firing up the grill this weekend.

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                                                                                              kc72 Sep 1, 2009 12:17 PM

                                                                                              Lots this morning in Richmond

                                                                                              Bone in Ribeye $9.99/lb
                                                                                              Boneless Ribeye $10.99/lb
                                                                                              NY $11.99/lb

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                                                                                              1. re: kc72
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                                                                                                bbison Sep 2, 2009 01:01 PM

                                                                                                Got 2 beautiful boneless ones in South SF this week...excellent stuff.

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                                                                                                kc72 Nov 18, 2009 12:27 PM

                                                                                                Ribeyes $10.99/lb NY 11.99/lb in Richmond

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                                                                                                  ML8000 Nov 18, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                                                                  Any one try the prime top sirloin? How is it? I see it at the Costco in Richmond and San Leandro for $3.99/lb. It looks tempting but I know that for leaner cuts of beef the prime grading means less.

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                                                                                                  1. re: ML8000
                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Nov 18, 2009 12:56 PM

                                                                                                    Thanks for the heads-up. I'll look for it this weekend and report back.

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                                                                                                      hankstramm Nov 18, 2009 05:31 PM

                                                                                                      Did the top-sirloin last night. It was exactly what I wanted, I did it similar to how they do it in Brazilian Steak houses and it was excellent. Nowhere near the marbling as the strips of course, but great beef flavor and not flabby (which I think Ruth will like--I vaguely remember her not liking the ribeyes as much because of that)...

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                                                                                                        Ruth Lafler Nov 18, 2009 06:13 PM

                                                                                                        I'm flattered you remember that! The top sirloin does indeed sound right up my alley.

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                                                                                                          ML8000 Nov 18, 2009 06:27 PM

                                                                                                          Thanks for the feedback. I think I just needed an excuse which might come this weekend. The TS description sounds like a great counterpart to some crab...tasty but won't overpower. Slicing it up like a Brazilian steak even better.

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                                                                                                            HungryGrayCat Dec 2, 2009 10:19 AM

                                                                                                            To change the subject slightly, I'm working on my menu for this Christmas (heading to the East Bay from Charlotte) and wonder if anyone has seen a bone-in pork rib roast at Costco? I'd likely go to the Richmond store but could venture to San Leandro if necessary. Thanks.

                                                                                                            1. re: HungryGrayCat
                                                                                                              wolfe Dec 2, 2009 11:03 AM

                                                                                                              No, but they did have rack of pork which could make a fabulous large crown rack with a great stuffing.
                                                                                                              http://media.rd.com/rd/images/rdc/toh...

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                                                                                                                HungryGrayCat Dec 2, 2009 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                Thanks. While I love the crown, I'm thinking of a slow roasted salt/spice packed roast and I don't think there'd be enough surface area. If anyone has other ideas of where I could get this (reasonably priced - I'm on Charlotte wages now), I'd appreciate it.

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                                                                                                                  ML8000 Dec 2, 2009 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                  You might ask the butchers at Costco if they can get what you want. I've found the butchers at Costco very helpful and asking is free.

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                                                                                                                wolfe Dec 11, 2009 11:08 AM

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