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where to find a standing beef rib roast

mangophile Dec 21, 2009 07:19 PM

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. monku RE: mangophile Dec 21, 2009 07:36 PM

    Check out Costco

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      ML8000 RE: monku Dec 22, 2009 06:21 AM

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


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        Ruth Lafler RE: ML8000 Dec 22, 2009 09:09 AM

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

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          monku RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 22, 2009 10:55 AM

          Costco choice grade pre-seasoned $7.99/ pound.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: monku Dec 22, 2009 10:56 AM

            How many ribs?

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              monku RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 22, 2009 11:10 AM

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

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      Claudette RE: mangophile Dec 22, 2009 05:55 AM

      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.
      Bryan's: http://www.yelp.com/biz/bryans-qualit...
      Schaub's: http://www.yelp.com/biz/schaubs-meat-...

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        celeryroot RE: Claudette Dec 22, 2009 06:03 AM

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

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        sfbing RE: mangophile Dec 22, 2009 09:01 AM

        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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          Ruth Lafler RE: sfbing Dec 22, 2009 09:11 AM

          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. Robert Lauriston RE: mangophile Dec 22, 2009 09:16 AM

          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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            Paul H RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 22, 2009 11:48 AM

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

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              Robert Lauriston RE: Paul H Dec 22, 2009 12:29 PM

              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.

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            meels RE: mangophile Dec 22, 2009 05:29 PM

            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

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