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Where to find good meaty short ribs

tallullah Apr 8, 2009 12:07 PM

The bones at McKinnon's looked like they came from anorexic cows. Stop & Shop was improperly cut. I need them for tomorrow night and don't think I'll make the trek up to Butcher Boy. Any suggestions in Cambridge or Boston? Whole Foods would be my last resort.

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    bakerboyz RE: tallullah Apr 8, 2009 12:08 PM

    Roche Bros/Sudbury Farms in West Roxbury should have meaty short ribs.

    1. fmcoxe6188 RE: tallullah Apr 8, 2009 12:10 PM

      Thats a shame! I got short ribs at McKinnons on Saturday and they were good and meaty! Just one did me in!

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        andieb RE: tallullah Apr 8, 2009 12:16 PM

        maybe a little off track-but how about dewar's in newton?

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          C. Hamster RE: andieb Apr 8, 2009 12:19 PM

          My friend bought some there last weekend and they were fatty and REALLY pricey

        2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: tallullah Apr 8, 2009 12:16 PM

          Dunno why they'd be your last resort unless you just have qualms about the place in general, but the River Street location of Whole Foods, at least, usually has lovely short ribs at a perfectly reasonable price.

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            tallullah RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 8, 2009 12:26 PM

            Are they flanken cut? I've only seen English cut, making them the last resort.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: tallullah Apr 8, 2009 12:29 PM

              Oh, I'd assumed you were looking for English and the S&S ones were flanken, not vice versa.

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                Baiye RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 8, 2009 02:32 PM

                I believe if you call ahead and speak to the meat department, you ought be able to arrange a pickup of flanken cut short ribs. Not all locations of WF will have someone who knows what that means, so call. As I recall, we've had the best luck at the Newton location.

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                  catsmeow RE: Baiye Apr 8, 2009 02:45 PM

                  What's the difference between flanken and English?

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                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: catsmeow Apr 8, 2009 04:49 PM

                    Flanken is cut laterally across the bones, English is cut longitudinally between the bones.

          2. itaunas RE: tallullah Apr 8, 2009 02:52 PM

            You can easily pick up flanken cut beef ribs at just about any Brazilian butcher where they will be in the display case. Casa de Carnes in Union Square Somerville is probably the closest to Cambridge, I think they tend to cut on the thin side though. Tony's Foodland and La Sultana on Broadway also have them (one of them had slightly thicker ones this past week possibly Sultana). I know that the butcher on Middlesex ave in Medford just before BJs will happily cut to order as they did for me a month ago, but to give instructions you probably need to find the manager. In Boston, I would probably call Puritan beef at Haymarket first to see if they can cut a smaller quantity flanken and I know Lord Jeffs cuts to order, but you may need to buy a rack for beef ribs. Super88 does carry flaken-style ribs too, but like many things there right now its not an always thing.

            PS I think you may have seen the "back ribs" at McKinnon's, but in general not certain how much you need to order to get them cut flanken style. Similarly DeMoula's, maybe they would be willing to cut you some and put the rest up for sale, but no guarantees.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: itaunas Apr 8, 2009 04:50 PM

              Given that galbi uses the flanken cut, maybe Korean groceries would have them as well.

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              jfung77 RE: tallullah Apr 8, 2009 07:04 PM

              Korean markets will definitely have flanken cut short ribs. Try Reliable Market in Union Square in Somerville or the Korean market (I don't know it's name) on Mass Ave in Cambridge between Mary Chung's and MIT.

              1. kobuta RE: tallullah Apr 8, 2009 08:44 PM

                Chinese markets with meat depts will also sell flanken cut short ribs.

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                  ChefOfTheFuture RE: tallullah Apr 9, 2009 07:46 AM

                  BJ's has always been good for short ribs.

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                    cpingenot RE: tallullah Apr 9, 2009 08:33 AM

                    Fresh Pond Market on Huron Ave has an in store butcher and a good selection. You probably would have to call ahead for flanken ribs though.

                    1. renéemarie RE: tallullah Apr 9, 2009 09:57 AM

                      I saw some impressively meaty short ribs at Market Basket in Somerville just last week...

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