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Ribeye Steaks

FrancisdeR Jul 29, 2009 02:26 PM

Our steak of choice for small BBQs has always been ribeye. Mind you, we don't eat that much meat any more, so I don't think we bought any ribeyes since last year (we had a few large group BBQs where flank and skirt are the way we go).

Problem is, we couldn't find any. Wegman's only has them on the bone (which, in my view, is not the definition of a ribeye). Genuardi's, Giant, and Superfresh didn't have any period. We're not in the boonies, well not way out; this is the Exton / Lionville area.

Did I miss something? Have ribeyes become illegal? Is there a run on BBQable steaks on Wednesdays? I've simply never had this problem before.

BTW, we settled on filets mignons. It's my wife's birthday, so what the ...


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  1. crazyspice RE: FrancisdeR Jul 29, 2009 02:34 PM

    Wow! This is the first time I have heard of that happening. I buy them regularly at our Genuardi's in Lower Gwynedd. I even have them cut to my desired thickness. Believe it or not, the ribeyes from Costco are pretty darn good too. Good luck next time you are on a ribeye quest!

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      centralpadiner RE: FrancisdeR Jul 29, 2009 03:11 PM

      Well, personally, I think the bone-in ribeye is a way better and more flavorful cut, and usually much harder to find at a typical supermarket.... but to each his own. I am not near you, but our Giant has them regularly. Did you talk to someone in the meat dept.? Sometimes you just have to ask when they are available, or even for them to order you some. Good luck.

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        Bashful3 RE: FrancisdeR Jul 29, 2009 04:47 PM

        I'll second the Costco rec with this comment: Costco used to carry one grade of meat, labeled Choice, but it seemed to be a cross between Choice and Prime. Now they carry Prime at a higher price, plus choice. There isn't that great a difference in visible marbling, but IMO the Prime is superb and worth the price differential. Still a bargain.

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          Delucacheesemonger RE: Bashful3 Jul 29, 2009 09:34 PM

          The ones l got had a great difference in marbling, but l buy whole boneless ribeyes and then clean and cut them myself, maybe l got lucky

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            truffles2 RE: Bashful3 Jul 30, 2009 07:30 AM

            yes, Costco. They consistently have the best meat anywhere, in my opinion. And it is at a great price if you can buy in bulk & freeze. The steaks are so thick, we often cut them in half & have more than enough per serving to go around.

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            keby RE: FrancisdeR Jul 30, 2009 02:40 AM

            try acme. I live in west chester and buy boneless ribeyes 2-3 times a week for my fiance. Giants meat is not their strong point for me. Acme's prime meat #1 by far!!

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              phantomdoc RE: FrancisdeR Jul 30, 2009 07:39 AM

              What, you don't understand that you can take a knife and remove the bone (best part)?
              Rib steak better with the bone. Bone is for chomping.


              1. joluvscards RE: FrancisdeR Jul 30, 2009 03:40 PM

                Try Guintas prime meats at the Reading Terminal.

                1. CindyJ RE: FrancisdeR Jul 30, 2009 05:10 PM

                  Here's another vote for keeping the meat on the bone. But if you're heart is set on a boneless steak, I'm sure the butcher at any of those markets will be happy to remove it for you. If you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Kennett Square, try the Country Butcher. They'll cut any steak to your personal satisfaction.

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                    keby RE: FrancisdeR Jul 30, 2009 05:14 PM

                    also Fresh Market in the shopping center where PF Changs is has great looking beef

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                      brightman RE: FrancisdeR Jul 31, 2009 01:01 PM

                      BJ's. cut around 1.5" thick, 3 or 4 to a pack.

                      1. CindyJ RE: FrancisdeR Jul 31, 2009 01:20 PM

                        FWIW, Wegman's had boneless rib eye steaks today.

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                          crazyspice RE: CindyJ Jul 31, 2009 01:35 PM

                          You know, last time I was in Wegman's, the meats in the case looked like they had been sitting there a very long time. Very dried out looking.

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                            EastPA RE: crazyspice Aug 1, 2009 07:56 AM

                            I have purchased dry-aged Ribeye's from the Downingtown Wegman's out of the btcher counter case ($20/lb, I think). They cut the desired thickness from a ribroast that was in the case. They also have wet-aged and dry-aged in vacuum packed bags in the regular case (~17/lb) - for special occasions.

                            I have had a ribeye at the Palm restaurant in Atlantic City with a bone. I mentioned that was unusual and they said the bone imparts additioanl flavor. (I agree)

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                              crazyspice RE: EastPA Aug 1, 2009 09:36 AM

                              I will always choose the bone-in ribeye if it is available. Great flavor! I will give Wegman's another try. Thanks!

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                            FrancisdeR RE: CindyJ Jul 31, 2009 01:35 PM

                            Thanks Cindy. It may have simply been a fluke the day we were looking. (And we had certainly obtained good ribeyes at Wegman's before).

                            I will get to Country Butcher, but Kennett Square -- much as I like the place -- is a real hike from where I am.


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                              ndelson RE: FrancisdeR Jul 31, 2009 07:34 PM

                              Haring Brothers Meat has Ribeyes and just about anything else you could possibly want, including really fresh offal. They're really nice in there, too. They'll stock up veal bones for you for stock if you ask a few days in advance and do custom cuts and other stuff like that. Very old school.


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                                CindyJ RE: FrancisdeR Aug 14, 2009 01:40 PM

                                The Country Butcher will gladly freezer-wrap your meat.

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                              EpicurBurbs RE: FrancisdeR Aug 12, 2009 05:27 AM

                              Love bone-in steaks, but love the quality and price of steaks at Costco even more. Unfortunately, I rarely will see bone-in NY strip or ribeye steaks there (KoP). The Prime they sell now is absolutely worth the extra $1 or $2 per pound over Choice. Incidentally, was there this past weekend and in addition to Prime ribeye, they were also selling Prime NY strip and porterhouse!

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                                cookiegirl4950 RE: FrancisdeR Aug 12, 2009 05:14 PM

                                I love the steaks at costco and the Fresh Market at Britton Lakes. Costco also sell Rib roasts that you can cut up yourself. I have never been disappointed with either

                                1. Mawrter RE: FrancisdeR Aug 14, 2009 08:59 PM

                                  I just had ribeye, then flank, then flatiron steak from the beef farmer at the Bryn Mawr Farmer's market. TO DIE FOR. MAN, did we love that steak. Grass-fed, organic, amazing, flavorful, great texture.

                                  Apparently [thank you, interwebs] they also sell at Reading Terminal & the farmer's market at Headhouse Square.

                                  Earl Livengood
                                  Livengood's Produce
                                  1648 Morningside Drive
                                  Lancaster PA 17602


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                                    Bigley9 RE: Mawrter Aug 17, 2009 09:37 AM

                                    They are at the 5th and Passyunk market on Tuesday

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