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Happy 100th! Roberts Corned Meats (San Francisco)

Melanie Wong Mar 15, 2010 11:43 PM

This year I thought about trying house-cured corned beef from one of the Bay Area’s many meat counters that are trying their hand at this for St. Paddy’s Day. But when I read that Roberts Corned Meats is celebrating a 100th anniversary this year, how could I stray?

Roberts started a Facebook page,

This afternoon I headed to SOMA, and the one parking space right next to the store was open. I took that as a sign that I’d made the right choice. I asked for a point cut brisket, about 6 pounds, and learned that the smallest available now would be 8 to 9 pounds. I looked at two, chose the one with more marbling, and it’s simmering now on the stove with the dry seasoning spices provided in a separate baggie.

This one weighed 8.45 pounds. The posted price is $3.49/lb. for corned beef brisket and I was only charged a flat $25. Gotta love old time family-owned businesses!

Cash or check only. No credit or ATM cards.

Previous posts:

March Corned Beef Madness

Roberts NY Style Pastrami Navel Cut

Roberts Corned Meats
1030 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Sushi Monster RE: Melanie Wong Mar 16, 2010 09:06 PM


    This just begs for a second thread on the oldest food establishments in the Bay Area. There was a time when I could rattle off some of the most venerable SF restaurants -- Jack's (now Jeanty at Jacks, founded 1864), Schroeder's (founded 1893), The Old Poodle Dog (founded 1849, RIP), Fior d'Italia (1886), Swan Oyster Depot (1912), etc. etc. I don't think I could do so today.

    What say you hounds?

    Which food suppliers are at or near the century mark?

    I'm *guessing* a couple of the other Italian fish markets might make the cut. A couple of North Beach coffee roasters, maybe? (Graffeo is a mere pup at 75 years old).

    And I'll hazard a second guess: The longevity record that won't be beat is Boudin -- 1849.

    Sushi Monster

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      K K RE: Sushi Monster Mar 16, 2010 09:41 PM

      Long time no see SM...hope all is well.

      Benkyodo http://www.benkyodocompany.com/ founded in 1906.

      Sam Wo in SF Chinatown is apparently over 100 yrs old.

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        Melanie Wong RE: Sushi Monster Mar 17, 2010 10:33 PM

        A few years ago we talked about some businesses founded in 1928 here,

      2. ellen4441 RE: Melanie Wong Mar 16, 2010 09:46 PM

        There is a great blog entry regarding ROBERT'S CORNED MEATS !
        Teddy just visited there, and Greg Dixon shared a lot of his "meaty" knowledge with him...

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          ML8000 RE: Melanie Wong Mar 16, 2010 10:20 PM

          Here's a bit of a side note on Roberts corned beef. I picked up a pre-packaged CB brisket (Murphy's) from Lucky on sale, $2.38/lb (?) expecting nothing except a ritual meal of cheapo CB&C.

          When I got home I noticed the printed weight and info label read Roberts corned beef. It also was "flat cut" (red sticker) and had a nice, even, almost velvety layer of fat on it. I don't know if it was Roberts or the flat cut but it was very tender and understated in flavor. I was a little surprised. If it was actually Roberts, it was the scraps, all small ends, still tasty however.

          1. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Mar 17, 2010 10:28 PM

            Today was proclaimed Roberts Corned Meats Day in San Francisco.

            The lyrics to "Danny Boy" were written in 1910.

            Roberts Corned Meats
            1030 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Mar 18, 2010 01:14 AM


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              sfbing RE: Melanie Wong Mar 19, 2010 11:34 PM

              Thanks for the tip! That was some very fine corned beef!

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                Melanie Wong RE: sfbing Mar 20, 2010 04:55 PM

                I'm glad you gave it a try. I'm interested in trying the corned pork next. But will need to get a buying group together, as the smallest size of the boneless leg is about 20 lbs. Also it's frozen. There's also the corned pork loin, which is a whole loin portion but can be cut in half. Each half is about 9 lbs.

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                  sfbing RE: Melanie Wong Mar 20, 2010 07:11 PM

                  If you need someone extra to take a few pounds off your hands, I'd be interested. My contact info is in my profile.

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                    Zach Georgopoulos RE: sfbing Mar 21, 2010 12:13 AM

                    Count me in.

              2. Paul H RE: Melanie Wong Oct 27, 2011 11:34 AM

                I picked up a spicy center cut corned beef brisket this morning. Price was $4/lb. Cooking to follow.

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