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Dec 21, 2009 07:19 PM

where to find a standing beef rib roast

hi chowhounds: i'm possessed of the urge to cook a big roast but i have no idea where to get one. preferably it would be well raised meat but not excessively expensive...any ideas?

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    1. re: monku

      +1 ... might be able to get a prime grade rib roast at a reasonable price.

      1. re: ML8000

        I saw prime grade rib roasts at the Richmond Costco last weekend. I don't know what "reasonable" price would be, though!

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Costco choice grade pre-seasoned $7.99/ pound.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              They had assorted sizes. I looked quickly at one that was $83, but didn't count the ribs. It was a small end cut.

    2. Yes, Costco does have that, but if you want a truly big, beautiful (albeit expensive) one, order one from Bryan's in SF or Schaub's in Palo Alto. You can't beat their quality.

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      1. re: Claudette

        Drewes on Church has excellent quality. Order day or two ahead.

      2. What do you mean by "well raised meat"? Because if you are referring to local, sustainable, grass fed, etc, that generally is going to be very expensive. I would call Marin Sun or Bi-rite.

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        1. re: sfbing

          Right. "Well raised" and "not excessivle expensive" are pretty much mutually exclusive when it comes to large cuts of meat: the price differential per pound really starts to add up!

          Baron's in Alameda has dry-aged Niman rib roasts, but they won't be cheap.

        2. I tried a bone-in prime rib roast from Costco a year or two back, it's not dry-aged so the flavor's not to my taste. I'd rather roast lamb or pork.

          I order my annual roast from Cafe Rouge in Berkeley. I believe Niman's their supplier for prime rib.

          Two years ago I got a Marin Sun Farms grass-fed from Baron's. It was good but I prefer the flavor of the grain-finished Niman.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Anyone with some time can dry-age beef. Two to three days can make a big difference.

            1. re: Paul H

              Not as big a difference as a month, and I don't have that much space in my refrigerator anyway.

              Costco also trims off way too much of the fat.

          2. Magnanis in Berkeley has prime rib roast priced at $11.99/lb -- I know b/c that's what I'm making!

            Magnani Poultry
            1576 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA