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Jul 19, 2009 11:00 AM

Searching for Kobe beef to cook

Does anybody know where to get Kobe or Wagyu steak at any of the grocers or shops in town? Better yet, dry aged Kobe or Wagyu? Central Market used to carry Wagyu, but does not any longer. Does Whole Foods? Coopers?


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  1. I read this yesterday, thinking that I'll try Costco today:

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    1. re: rudeboy

      That is VERY interesting. $10/lbs for prime?!?

      1. re: rudeboy

        Austin CostCo's have had USDA Prime beef for almost 2 years now. Upscale HEB's for close to 5 years (Under the HEB "Prime 1" label). Often under $8/lb.


        1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

          wow, only $4000/lb! may as well just fly to japan and have it there

        2. According to this article you can't actually get kobe beef in U.S.

          1. Kobe beef comes from a region in Japan. If American farmers are using similar techniques they could achieve Kobe Beef "like" quality.

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            1. re: Rptrane

              Well said- and as CWG's link shows, the real thing is very, very expensive. That and the photos tell the tale.

              As for Kobe-like beef here in Austin, slim pickings. When CM carried it routinely, once every month or two they would have awesome finely marbled cuts. The rest of the time it looked very good, but in practice you were not going to get that "eating a stick of butter" effect, as I call it.

              These days, HEB Westlake occasionally gets "Kobe" or "Wagyu" ribeyes and NY Strips. In the 3 months I have been back here, have only once spotted steaks with the marbling I would want to go to the trouble.

              Actually, if you ever get to Houston, the HEB at Bunker Hill and I-10 keeps a pretty steady supply and even more often than used to be the case at CM on Lamar here you will find steaks with excellent marbling that will yield the desired result- or at least as close as you can get locally or without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars per pound to have something shipped in.

              The price here and in Houston over the last couple of years has been reliably $29.99 a pound. A very good deal when the right steaks come along.

            2. Texas' Strube Ranch has Wagyu beef (America's 'Kobe") and sells through this company:

              They don't sell individual steaks except for ground beef patties and franks but have entire strip loins, rib eyes, flat irons, and other cuts. PRICEY but looks great!

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              1. re: chascates

                Unless you really want to pay the price for real Kobe, the next best thing is from these guys:


                And they aren't too far from Austin! Seriously, this stuff is amazingly good. They also serve it occasionally at Perry's Steakhouse downtown.

                1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

                  Thank you for this! Did not know about them. Ribeye and short rib pics look great. I will give them a try.