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Best S.D. Meat Market for Steaks

Over the years, I've purchased steaks at Siesel's (before and after Cohns took over), Iowa Farms, Tip Top, Harvest Ranch, Costco and even Valley Farms Market in Spring Valley. All sell top quality, prime beefsteak and I've had varying degrees of success at each place.

I've now purchase steaks three times at the butcher shop which is a part of Cowboy Star Restaurant downtown on 10th Ave., and I've got to say, the quality and consistency of their steaks is a distinct cut above all the others. I got a well-trimmed, bone-in ribeye that was the best I've ever tasted. Filet Mignons recently had great 'structure' (not flabby or rubbery) and taste. The wagyu hanger steak was also very special.

They carry a small selection of other non-beef items, I remember seeing some chicken, but for special occasion steaks to prepare at home, I believe they're the best in town right now.

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  1. Have you ever picked up steaks from the Brandt Beef stand at a farmer's market? We see them at the La Mesa FM and have gotten the bavettes and the flatirons from them as well as ground beef that made excellent burgers.

    1. I'm in agreement with you regarding the steaks from C Star; try the bison rib eye sometime as well.

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      1. re: ibstatguy

        I second your second. I have been very happy with the steaks I have gotten from Cowboy Star, the rib eyes are as perfect as I have seen out here.

        I still get a lot of my stuff from Siesel's because of proximity, although it seems like the flat irons haven't been as good as they used to be.

        1. re: ibstatguy

          I usually head into their butcher shop for Bison Ribeyes as well. Pretty good stuff, although a bit pricey but a nice treat for yourself. I picked up a prime NY from there once and it was very good but I believe at that time it was like $4 more per lb from Siesel's. I checked prices of aged prime Ribeyes too and they were a bit more expensive than Siesel's on that too which is nearing red line as is. That's getting pretty expensive, even for top of the line. If they'd bring thier prices back to Earth, I'd shop there much more often. They have Rabbit, Quall, Venison, ect, ect, definitely what I'm interested in.

        2. I really like the steaks at Homegrown Meats in La Jolla. They're from cattle raised on pasture on Mt. Palomar. Pricey, but delicious.

          Whole Foods also has a line of grass-fed beef that is quite nice, though also expensive.

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          1. re: Josh

            How pricey are we talking about, Josh? Say... for a flatiron or flank steak?

            1. re: geekyfoodie

              Flatirons are cheaper. They don't have them often, but those and hangar steaks go for around $10/lb. I think. The wild boar bacon is also fantastic, and somewhat more reasonable.

              1. re: Josh

                Do they have other cuts of wild boar or just the bacon?

          2. A little known place for some good steaks is Ibis Market in Mission Hills. You'd never know it by looking, but they dry age prime steaks on site. Their prime is cheaper than Whole Foods choice. They'll bring a slab out, cut the black off, and then cut your steak to order. Very limited selection, but good quality and prices. Caveat - haven't been there in a while, but assume it's still the same.

            1. What kind of prices are we talking about here for the ribeyes? Prime? Dry aged? I just bought a whole side of prime ribeye from costco, 18lbs, dry aged it, and cut it myself. But 18lbs is quite a bit. It was $6.99/lb and was well marbled.

              I'd love to be able to buy a few steaks to enjoy myself though, instead of having to age the whole side (which I do, and split with friends)

              EDIT:I Noticed Cowboy star sells aged, prime beef. I'm going to have to give this a try.

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              1. re: deeznuts

                Don't recall exactly the price, but podnah, it ain't cheap!

                1. re: mcgrath

                  I'll go ahead and give them a call (Cowboys, and Ibis). I don't mind paying for quality, but if it approaches restaurant price I might as well just eat there, good thing the lady loves steakhouses. She only likes filet, but hey, we can't win them all!

                  EDIT: Btw, thanks for the heads up!

                  1. re: deeznuts

                    Last time I bought steaks at Ibis (2 years ago), the prime ribeye was $17.99 and the prime porterhouse was $18.99, IIRC.