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Nov 10, 2010 01:31 PM

Carne Asada with Local and/or Grass Fed Beef?

Some posts mention that traditional Sonoran style carne asada was not premarinated due to the quality of the local beef. I'm wondering where one can find a good carne asada made with local beef today. If it's aracherra even better.

Related older threads:
Restaurants serving local and organic menu items

Who is making burgers with local and/or grassfed beef? (PHX)

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  1. Most likely candidate for carne asada would be Gallo Blanco Cafe (pretty non-traditional/non-Sonoran in style).

    The Urban Grocery deli (where the Downtown Phoenix Public Market is held) was doing burgers with local beef, but I'm not sure if (a) that was an everyday item or (b) it survived the recent departure of their consulting(?) chef, Wade Moises.

    Gallo Blanco actually makes a darn fine burger, which might be be made with local beef, but I haven't checked into that recently.

    Downtown Phoenix Public Market
    721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Gallo Blanco Cafe
    401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

    7 Replies
    1. re: hohokam

      Gallo Blanco's burger menu items mentions OX Ranch, but, that's not current. The Meat Shop now sources from Black Mountain Cattle Co., since OX Ranch doesn't provide grass-fed beef, anymore. The Grind is rumored to use grass-fed beef. I wish more places using grass-fed would make a bigger deal about it - make definitive statements about their sources.


      Gallo Blanco Cafe
      401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

      1. re: johnseberg

        Spitfire out in Tempe has the option of grass-fed or corn-fed organic beef for their burgers. It's a new gastropub at McClintock and Warner....interesting menu...we've been several times as it's in our neighborhood and it's been hit or miss so far but the hits have been quite good(salads, soups, duck confit bruschetta, black cod, pork loin, peach cobbler, Did not care for the flat pizza). I've had the grass fed burger once and thought it was tasty but admit to not being a burger expert. Normally I wouldn't recommend driving across town for this place(though do recommend it to people here in Chandler and South Tempe) but if you're looking for a grass-fed organic burger you might want to try it. Interesting beer list as well.


        1. re: johnseberg

          I called Gallo Blanco a few minutes ago. The hostess said she'd put the owner on the line. I asked the source of the beef and he said, "Arizona grown." I asked if he had the name of the specific ranch and he put me on hold for a bit. Coming back on the line, he said the beef was from O X Ranch.

          Not sure what to think, as O X Ranch made this statement about suspending sales, dated September 1, 2010.

          Gallo Blanco Cafe
          401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I tried contacting OX Ranch via email and got the following auto-responder:

            Thank you for your email to info@azgrassfed.com. Unfortunately, we have discontinued our sales of grass fed beef. For more details on this difficult decision, please see our website http://www.azgrassfed.com/.

            We're sorry to say that our Annual Ranch Day has been canceled as well.

            If you have further questions, please contact us via our website contact page.

            Thank you,
            Arizona Grass Fed Beef Management

            1. re: azhotdish

              I received an email from a representative of Gallo Blanco which confirmed my speculation. They source from The Meat Shop, so, effectively, they've switched from O X to Black Mountain.


              Gallo Blanco Cafe
              401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

              1. re: azhotdish

                Thanks to both of your for your follow-up. Good to have the straight story. I didn't make it to Gallo Blanco this trip but hope to another time.

                Gallo Blanco Cafe
                401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

          2. re: hohokam

            Gracias, I'd looked at Gallo Blanco's site but it doesn't specify the beef source though the pork is ID's as local. I'll try calling later.

            P. S. I do have America's Taco Shop on my list for a carne asada vampiro, sourcing unknown.

            America's Taco Shop
            2041 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ

            Gallo Blanco Cafe
            401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

          3. Melanie:

            After all of your wonderful San Francisco suggestions I apologize for not returning the kindness. I saw your Phoenix post after the fact.

            Not mentioned on the board is perhaps the most chow worthy restaurant in the downtown Phoenix area: Ritos.
            It is the quintessential hole in the wall, no sign on building, but the line at noon tells you, this is the place where you should be eating.

            Menu consists of perhaps six items.

            Order a green burro dry, not enchilada style, with an extra tortilla to catch the overflow from the overly packed burro which results in a second burro. Otherwise you will end up with a paper plate full of extra inside with no extra outside. I ask them to hold the meat and add cheese. It is the flavor of the protein not the protein which pushes this burro to the top. And, ask for extra napkins. Ethereal.

            No indoor seating but there are outdoor picnic tables.

            907 N 14th St
            Phoenix, AZ 85006

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            1. re: au lait

              au lait, thanks for your email about Rito's. Appreciate your posting here where the info will help many more and also where I can find it the next time I'm in town.

              Rito's Mexican Food Inc/Take
              907 N 14th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006