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Apr 7, 2010 06:34 AM

Tri-Tip butchers Washington D.C.

I'm trying to find a butcher that sells tri-tip, in Washington D.C. itself [not outlying suburbs I don't have a car]. Any recommendations on a place that stocks it regularly? It's so common out west but just have had no luck here in the District. Thanks!

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  1. Also should clarify - NOT marinated trader joes, I saw that rec. on an earlier post but I'm looking for plain tri-tip not marinated.

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    1. re: fentonhardy

      Don't know if you can get to a Wegmans, but they have them. However, they are quite pricey and a lot smaller than the roasts I see advertised out west. I paid 11 bucks for one just under 2 pounds.

    2. Have you tried the butchers at Eastern Market?

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      1. re: tommyskitchen

        yeah I'd give Union Meat a ring and isn't it also known as Hanger steak and Ongelet?

        1. re: hill food

          Tri tip is from the bottom sirloin. Onglet/hangar/skirt steak is from the diaphragm near the kidneys, which gives it its unusually rich flavor. I have several old hamburger recipes from the '40s that call for adding kidney fat.

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        1. I've seen tri-tip at Costco in Pentagon City around the corner from the Metro stop.

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          1. re: monkeyrotica

            In Florida, any Publix Supermarket will cut the Tri-Tip off of the sirloin, just ask at your local Supermarket butcher dept.

          2. A small grocery with the odd name of European Foods Import-Export Inc. in Arlington specializes in Brazilian and Portuguese food. It always has a large selection of Brazilian style tri-tip steaks, unmarinated. They also have delicious house-made churrasco sauce in case you're not planning to make your own (as well as a good selection of Portuguese wines).

            It's at 2700 Pershing Drive, Arlington, Virginia, which is at the intersection of Pershing and Arlington Boulevard.

            European Foods Import-Export
            2700 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA