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Jun 8, 2009 06:52 AM

Hilltop Steakhouse Butcher Shop

I started this in a different thread (about flap meat) but think it's worthy of its own topic. (I did search, and found none dedicated specifically to it, only offhand remarks.)

Hilltop's butcher shop strikes me as an underrated, underappreciated place. It's not a full-service butcher in the traditional sense. But the staff is fairly helpful, if not always overly friendly. (They lose points on knowledge: two people I asked both did not even know of the existence of flat iron steak, though one of them seemed annoyed enough that he didn't know about it that he might perhaps go in the back and look it up. The other guy clearly didn't give a ****) They will help you out with customizing large cuts if you ask, even if they sometimes grumble about it.

The prices range from slightly above average to tremendous. Saturday, for instance, they had Flank Steak for $3.99/lb, flap meat steaks for $4.99 and Filet Mignon steaks for $6.99. 85% lean ground sirloin was available in family pack bags (3+ lbs) for $2.69. I've had bad meals in the restaurant (twice only, because I'll never do it again!) but I have yet to buy a bad piece of meat in the shop.

Additionally, they carry DiLuigi's sausage at a better price than the grocery stores. And Sat. they had al Fresco sausages for $1.99 for a 12 oz pkg, half the grocery store price. And they carry peking dumplings made by the Chinese Spaghetti Factory, which I otherwise have a hard time finding, except at the 88 type stores, none of which are convenient to my house. And those dumplings are a family favorite.

In short, very good to great prices, god to very good quality food, and moderately helpful staff.

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    1. Count me a fan too. You have to be selective. I got a killer Rib Eye there a while back for I think $5.99/pound.

      I may be wrong, by I think the term "Flat Iron" is a bit of a trendy new name for a cut that has been around for a while.

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        Apparently the Flat Iron steak is a non-traditional cut and relatively new. Here's a link that describes the whys & wherefors.


      2. That's a great price on flank steak -- one of my summertime grilling faves. Thanks for the tip.

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        1. re: yumyum

          I was at the Weymouth store about two weeks ago, and they had Skirt Steak and Flank Steak on sale for $2.99/lb, which is a great price. Skirt steak on the grill, with some fresh chimichuri sauce is the best :)

        2. Have not been there in years- but I used to like to get their boneless turkey breast. Hole fresh breast- great cut into tips and marinated for the grill. Also used to like their coffee- will have to make a trip by soon,. Thanks for the reminder.

          1. I've been cooking a few flat iron steaks. They're top blade with the connective tissue trimmed away..a little chew but great flavor. Cut across the grain.

            I don't know if it's a new cut or just a new name. I know I went into a shop and paid $5.99/lb for "upper top blade???" and a few weeks later it was called "flat iron"...and $8.99/lb..same cut..:)

            If you get into Chinatown, the Chinese Spaghetti Factory is on Essex St, a few doors from Chau Chau City. They'll sell their dumplings to the public..bags of 50 and larger

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            1. re: 9lives

              When I was at Speed's for a dog last week, I noticed a warehouse called the Chinese Spaghetti Factory. Is this the same people with the retail store on Essex Street????

              1. re: emilief

                No, I don't think so.
                I made an error. It's Ho Toy Noodle Co that's on Essex..not much of a store..doorway with a man or woman at adesk and a walk in freezer.

                Chinese Spaghetti is in Newmarket near Speed's. I don't know if they sell retail.

                1. re: 9lives

                  Their product is in a lot of freezer cases at asian markets