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Oct 8, 2010 08:32 AM

Westlake Meat Market?

Can someone please tell me the name of the new meat/specialty market that opened in Westlake a few months ago. I'm going to be in the area and need to know whether it's worth a stop-off.

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  1. I'm pretty sure it's called the Meat Market. If I'm not mistaken, it's part of a chain with locations primarily in the South.

    I popped in a couple of times shortly after they opened for some of their 45 day dry-aged Niman Ranch stuff. Good but not as good as my normal source, and I haven't been back since. They have lots of convenience items, pre-cut cheeses, pre-marinated stuff, etc., that tend not to appeal to me.

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      1. re: amysuehere

        Actually, I think its called The Meat House. I haven't been, but I drive by it almost every day. I'm pretty sure its house because I remember thinking that it sounded like it could also be the name of a pickup bar.

      2. re: Steven Dilley

        I made a special trip out to Bee Caves to check the place out and the place was outrageously expensive. I planned on getting myself a dry aged ribeye for my birthday, but I didn't like the only pieces they had that day.

        They wanted about $14+ dollars for a can of grilled red peppers that you can get at Fiesta or Restaurant Depot for under $4. Blue cheese was $20/lb there and $6/lb at CostCo (which is where I ended up that evening for my beef craving). That's just a few examples of the prices. The prices on dry-aged meat were not that bad, but the regular wet-aged meat was outrageous.

        It seems the prices on most everything were a 300-500% markup. I didn't want to leave empty handed, so I bought a few sausages that were rotten when I went to eat them the next day.
        I took a picture of them and was going to send in a complaint, but since I never planned on returning any credit would have been pointless. It looked like Smokey Denmark sausage which you can get for $2.25, I paid $7/lb. I wasted 4 hours and about $7 visiting this place.

        I consider myself a meat connoisseur, and the biggest turn-off at any market is rotten/stale meat. Especially at a place that calls themselves "The Meat Houset".

        1. re: sqwertz

          wow, what an awful experience.
          thanks for letting us know.

      3. The Meat House. Right at the corner of Bee Caves and Walsh Tarleton.

        It is completely worth it. Really good prices, IMHO. The staff is very knowledgable and the customer service is fantastic. Can't recommend it enough.

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        1. re: achtungpv

          I can't un-recommend them enough. Have they lowered their prices and raised the quality recently?

          1. re: sqwertz

            I certainly can't say I'd drive there from N. Central Austin for their meats alone. But the place isn't off on everything. I've gotten their marinaded "Meat House Marinade" kabobs (I think they are sirloin) and have grilled them up with delicious results. They also have inside skirt steak that's thin, essentially veinless, and that's an item that's not always easy to find. Granted, I have not tried the sausages, surprisingly, b/c I think the beef there seems to look best. The sirloins typically look a lot more well marbled than what you'll find at Central.

        2. Craving a dry-aged strip steak, and knowing that the odds of finding an acceptable one at WF or CM are nil, I decided to give the Meat House another shot. I tried the place a couple of times shortly after their opening, and it was fine, not great. As I mentioned above, I tend not to buy pre-marinated, pre-cut convenience items, which makes up much of the store, but there really aren't many (any?) options for beef with 6+ weeks of dry aging around here. They cut a 2" strip to order (a nice, even cut, unlike my earlier visits), 45 days' worth of age. Very good with a pronounced aged flavor and funk. So, as of this weekend, at least, recommended.