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Jul 15, 2009 02:28 PM

Prime Beef at Costco

I read an interesting article in the WSJ today. Basically, it said that due to the economy, folks and the expense acct. dudes and dudettes are not frequenting the high end steak joints, so the demand has significantly decreased. In addition, the Prime meat producers have dramatically ramp their herd counts and now we have an oversupply of Prime and Waygu. The article went on to say that Prime Strips and Ribeyes for $8.99/lb have been found at Costo's in the NE. Anyone seen that in the Metroplex?

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  1. Don't know about Tx, but at CA Costco's, Prime Rib-eye steaks are $10/lb; NY steaks $11/lb. A whole boneless rib-eye section is $6.99/lb for USDA Prime.

    1. First of all, are you talking about Dallas when you say Metroplex? Makes a big difference.

      Secondly I have also heard that about prime meat being sold to the grocery stores, since the demand in steakhouses has gone down.

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      1. re: danhole

        No, I'm talking the Metroplex. If I can find real Prime for $10....I'll drive.

      2. Here in the heart of the Texaplex (Austin), we have been purchasing the prime beef at Costco for these prices for several months. They are delicious and a terrific buy!

        1. The West Plano Costco does carry prime steaks from time to time. They aren't always in stock.

          1. I've been seeing prices under $10 per pound at HEB. Sometimes it looks like borderline Prime and other times it looks legit. Either way its a heck of a deal.

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            1. re: jscarbor

              I reported about a week ago that Jimmies Food Store had prime rib for 9 bucks. People were having it broken down into steaks. Huge party stacks of steaks were going for 40 bucks. And not only prime, I know this was genuine prime aged beef by the looks of it.

              Just as your article implies, these purveyors are loaded for bear with inventories that have a distinct shelf life. They simply must keep the supply moving to recoop their investments.

              I like how these prime beef steak houses use the term Kobe beef when it is actually just prime from a Wagyu cow. I sincerely doubt true Kobe beef is even aviable in Texas, just as I wouldnt trust sushi in Nebraska.

              1. re: DallasDude

                >> I like how these prime beef steak houses use the term Kobe beef when it is actually just prime from a Wagyu cow.

                Kobe beef does in fact, come from the Wagyu cow. I believe you may be referring to cross-breeding with the Angus breed.

                1. re: CocoaNut

                  I am reffering to the out and out sham by the wagyu producers. I understand and know the origins of Kobe. The stuff we get here is far from it.

                2. re: DallasDude

                  Dallas Dude. Check for a source for Akaushi beef. Better than Wagyu or Kobe and available through mail order. I've bought it and it is horribly expensive, but given the above information, maybe they'll have a "sale" also! It is the best beef I've had since The Meat Shop in Austin went out of business.

                  1. re: amazinc

                    You got it DallasDude. It's absolutely crazy that most steakhouses actually use the term "Kobe". The Akaushi is technically 100% and not crossbred, but it really isn't the same (not even close, it's still good though). You can get it in Dallas and Houston for about $80 for 8oz at some places.

                    But don't be fooled real "Japanese Kobe" is basically steak flavored butter. Awesome stuff, but really hard to find. You know it's the real thing if the price tag is around $20 per OUNCE ($160 per 8oz). That seems to be the going rate in Vegas, LA, and in Houston (now it's special order in Houston only- Killens Steakhouse - off the menu).