Steak in Calgary???
I need help to get a good steak in Calgary. Seems strange doesn't it? The steaks at Safeway, Co-op, Supestore and Costco are all just between bad and OK. Costco is probably the best and of course Safeway the worst. I've bought Hoven Beef at the Farmers Market and its great and really expensive. I've bought the best steaks I've had in Calgary at Mercato but $32lb to cook at home is not something I want to do on a regular basis. Are there any good butchers with fair prices in Calgary???
I don't know about fair prices, but Second to None Meats is pretty good. There's an old butcher that shut down his own shop and now works out of there named Leo. He's rather famous, as far as butchers go. I know he's disgusted with their "organic" prices, but we've gotten some good stuff from him. Not sure what he "officially" does there, though.
Try Sobey's this week... $4.88 per lb T-Bones. :)
We grilled up a couple of nice ones last night.
As far as I know many stores and butchers get meat from the same abattoirs and thus the quality is pretty much the same everywhere. Generally when the meat (goes for beef, pork and lamb) is non-organic it all gets mixed into the processing so you might have some well cared for meat and some bad meat so it's the luck of the draw when you buy it from the stores.
The only time things are different is when you buy directly from the farm (ie, Hoven) or from places that source directly from the farmers. It costs quite a bit more for the abbatoirs to keep certain animals separate in the processing so unless the farms can charge a premium (ie organic), they will let it get mixed. I have noticed that Costco does have better tasting beef for some reason though.
All Costco beef is AAA, hence the better flavour with the better marbling. It is my go-to for most meat except when I want a gnarly piece to toss in the smoker then the cheapest is the best.
A place to try, if you live in the south is http://hirschemeats.com/ in Okotoks. Look at the website and you'll probably want to make the trip. I certainly won't overpay for anything, but I did walk out with a few things, so they can't be too bad. But, I would never call their products inexpensive by any stretch.
I haven't tried this place myself. I saw this ad in the current issue of City Palate. There's a place called Cornflower Ranch and apparently their beef is range-raised au naturel in the Turner Valley area without antibiotics or hormones. According to the post, the rib eye steaks go for $25.49/kg if you buy online. You can also get their product at the Millarville Farmer's market at the Route 40 Soup Co. Stall (although they didn't say what the prices are like there).
Here's their website.. you can try giving them a call.