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Omaha Steaks online ordering

I mentioned in an earlier post that I hoped to have Easter dinner shipped to me. I am thinking of using Omaha Steaks. Has anyone received food from them, and is it great, good, fair, not worth it?

Comments appreciated!

And if you think this is an indulgence, I live in Hawaii where 85% of our food is shipped in, so food here is expensive. Example: loaf of french bread = $7.50

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  1. Last year I won a door prize at the golf club of a 'variety pack' from Omaha Steaks. Assortment of: boneless chix breast, boneless pork chops, top sirloin, strip steaks, fillets, dogs, 4oz burgers, stuffed flounder and potatoes au gratin. If taste and freshness play any part in your kitchen, it won't work. My house loves fresh, hates frozen. Frozen anything! I believe the box retailed around $140. Not worth it. The sale price in the flyer was about half that. It's probably worth the $70. I believe the defrosted items are only fair.

      1. re: jdmfish

        This is a great list my friend. Too bad I live in Shanghai now. When I see these sites all I can think of is: God Bless America. Lets eat!!!

      2. Omaha steaks are USDA Choice, and about on par with what is available in a supermarket; sometimes not even that good. They are packaged with great fanfare and frill, but don't bite. Literally. If you want great steaks, go for USDA Prime, aged steaks. I'd try www.allenbrothers.com or www.lobels.com. I personally prefer dry aged, but that can be an acquired taste....Don't waste your money on Omaha.

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        1. re: steakman55

          I don't think Omaha even advertizes that they are necessarily Choice (which they would do if they were), so one should assume they might be Select or Choice, which explains why they are the runt of the online steak litter....

          1. re: Karl S

            My hunch, is since they sell "ungraded" meat, I'm going to guess they get beef from Mexico. If it was USDA graded, it would be noted.

          2. re: steakman55

            Really Great advice to gift-seekers, Steakman55. My addition: my relatives insist on wasting their money and time on OmahaSteaks not-great product (sorry, but I'm not w/o gustatory stds) for us, a small family of nearly-lifelong vegetarians. My goodness, people, it exposes the dysfunction when you pull a stunt like that year after year, ignoring relatives' and friends' hobbies, careers, needs&wants. If you won't/don't notice the abundant evidence of "hints" both verbal and physical, perhaps a nice card with the ultimate high-efficiency gift card, a cheque, is less stress for you and better for the rel'ship.
            Our Food Bank doesn't take frozen stuff! All our friends are vegetarians, so I feed it to the neighbor's dogs and cats, and every year they laugh their asses off at my stupid family! Thanks forum for letting me vent about Xmas waste and mediocrity; the thought counts, but after couple of years it's just passive-aggressive.

            1. re: needmorecounterspace

              Food pantries often can't take frozen foods, except for large, regional ones, but local soup kitchens often will. I do think it's kind of offensive to keep sending meat to avowed vegetarians, though.

              1. re: mcf

                MCF, Hey, thanks for the heads up...gonna check this year into a soup kitchen type of situation--there are new ones in town,probably,nowadays. I just write a check to our official Food Bank, which led to finding they can't take frozen foods.

                1. re: needmorecounterspace

                  Usually, the smaller ones are in churches, community centers. If you know a package is coming and give them a heads up, they can plan to use it on arrival, often storage space for perishables are very limited. Alternatively, they might send a family or two home with the contents. It's good of you to make the effort.

          3. We had some a few years ago and they weren't that great. My son had some more recently and they didn't like them either. We did have some from Lobels and they were good.

            1. I would rate them as average. We get several boxes a year, biz gifts from vendors. I agree with the supermarket quality comment. I think the company's packaging is what makes people think the meat is really something special. The packages are so neat and tidy. The serving sizes are quite small and expensive for the cost.