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.
March Corned Beef Madness
Roberts NY Style Pastrami Navel Cut
Roberts Corned Meats
1030 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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.
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.
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.
I picked up a spicy center cut corned beef brisket this morning. Price was $4/lb. Cooking to follow.