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Where to buy good ribeye in SF?

jlrobe Apr 12, 2011 04:51 PM

I am trying to buy some boneless rib-eye steaks rated USDA Prime.

I don't really care how they age it at the moment.

I hear costco has them, but I have not seen them lately, and I hear that they have an inconsistent supply of them.

Anywhere else?

A lot of butchers in SF have locally sourced, independently farmed, grass-fed, organic, 45 day age, blah blah blah. I don't need all that. I just need a fairly priced standard boneless USDA prime ribeye. I am mainly concerned about having enough marbleization.

If the price is 10.99$/lb or less, I don't mind any rec between Santa Clara County and SF County, on the west side of the bay.


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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: jlrobe Apr 12, 2011 05:02 PM

    Even at Costco the USDA prime rib eyes are more than that -- more like $12.99/lb.

    1. wolfe RE: jlrobe Apr 12, 2011 05:05 PM

      The USDA prime steaks I see occasionally are at multiples of $10.99. I am sure that the last time I picked up a blue styrofoam pack at Costco it was more than that by a few bucks.

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        ML8000 RE: jlrobe Apr 12, 2011 05:31 PM

        Costco's prices on prime beef have gone up...but so has just about everything. $12.99/lb is still a very good value when you look at other prices. And you can definitely tell you're eating prime, i.e., better then choice grade.

        1. ChowFun_derek RE: jlrobe Apr 12, 2011 10:52 PM

          The last few times I was in the S.F. Costco..they had prime ribeyes....

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            lrealml RE: jlrobe Apr 12, 2011 11:52 PM

            Robert's Market and Draeger's definitely have prime ribeyes, but I believe they are slightly more than at Costco.

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              supper_hound RE: jlrobe Apr 13, 2011 04:18 PM

              Cotso - choice is $5.99. not USDA yet very tasty.

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                ChowFun_derek RE: supper_hound Apr 13, 2011 10:57 PM

                What do you mean exactly that it's not USDA? Not USDA Prime, or not USDA Choice...and if they are not USDA can markets actually use the terms "Choice" or "Prime"?

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                walker RE: jlrobe Apr 14, 2011 12:18 AM

                Downtown SF Costco usually has them, they are in BLUE styrofoam.

                Bryan's on Calif/at Laurel has excellent meat, both prime and choice (not cheap!). I think the bone-in ones have more flavor.

                1. Robert Lauriston RE: jlrobe Apr 14, 2011 09:34 AM

                  I don't think you can beat Costco on price.

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