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Apr 15, 2011 09:10 AM

Where do you buy your steaks (uncooked)?

Hey 'Hounds, had dinner earlier this week at Austin Land & Cattle company, and it was pretty good, we enjoyed the experience. But in the end, I knew I could fix a better steak at home.

So I was looking through any local specials, trying to figure out where I was going to get my beef, when it occurred to me, this crew probably has some go-to spots for where you get your beef?

Do you wait for a sale at Whole Foods/Central Market? (Or pay full price...ouch). Do you go with the prime beef at HEB? Maybe stay a little off the beatin' path at Sprouts or Sun Harvest?

Do you have a favorite butcher shop that hooks you up with the right beef?


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  1. The prime beef at Costco has been excellent, both price and quality. Unfortunately, the supply is not consistent so you can't be sure of what they will have... but it's been great. On two occasions, we thought that the choice looked better than the prime and tried it. We had the same great results. The beef was rich tasting and well marbled. We've purchased rib eyes, strips and filets.

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    1. re: Rene

      I"ve been really pleased with Costco's meat and seafood selections as well.

      1. re: Rene

        According to the latest news Costco does not sell beef without antibiotics. That in itself removes Costco from my list. Quality starts with no added hormones and antibiotics for me.

        Frome the ariticle:
        Four store brands - Food Lion, Sam's Club, Food-4-Less and Save-A-Lot - only sell chicken, beef, turkey and pork products raised with antibiotics, according to the study.

        Stores with high amounts of antibiotic-free meat include Trader Joe's, Publix, Giant, Shaw's and Stop & Shop, it said.

        1. re: chispa_c

          You got a beef against CostCo? That article doesn't even mention CostCo. And it explicitly excludes CostCo because it only surveyed SUPERMARKET CHAINS..

          In fact, CostCo DOES sell antibiotic free meats. At least in it's Dakota brand and other organic meats randomly found in the frozen section. I believe all their lamb is antibiotic free as well.

          Why did you choose to dig up this year-old thread to announce this misinformation?

      2. it says austin land and cattle gets their steaks from creekstone farms in kansas...

        personally sams and winn dixie,and publix (locally here in FL) are where i usually get my meats..

        but when i really want a special steak...
        i order steaks from
        they have a new york strip/filet mignon combo thats really awesome..

        1. Personally I enjoy the meat from Randall's. I agree that Costco is great but try looking in the discount bin at Randall's. I know that sounds lame but think about it, the meat is aged a few days in their coolers which it would probably do in your fridge anyway, its always been excellent, and at bargain prices. The quality of the meat is mostly determined by the marbling so if you don't see what you like then look in the regular meat section and find a well marbled steak of choice. Sounds weird....tastes great. By the way, I like to fire up my gas grill which is cooks at about 600+ degrees, and I also fire up the oven to about 425. I cook the steak (depending on thickness...I like a 2" thick steak) about 31/2 minutes to 4 min. per side then finish it in the oven for about 8 more minutes. It comes out a delicious pink in the middle, always done to perfection and I avoid the potential of flare ups burning the outside of the meat. Its a great way to do a steak.

          1. We only buy steak from Central Market or Whole Foods.

            Central Market
            4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

            1. I am a bit of a bargain shopper, and I have a couple inexpensive go-to's

              for cheap steaks my go-to is the $6/lb prime sirloin at heb.. I have tried long and hard to find reliably good cheap steaks and you cant beat those, not to mention that they will cut them to whatever thickness you want if you ask them

              my favorite is the whole tenderloin from costco.. I think it currently runs ~$10lb.. not much more than my cheap sirloins, but you have to buy ~$80 at a time.. after cleaning the loin I get 6-8 really nice fillet's and a small roast and some scrap meat I make stroganoff out of.. its hard to beat that for the price, but sometimes I dont want to buy more than I need

              I have gotten some really nice steaks at sprouts, but it seems that they have different meat everytime I go and I dont like that.. if I go somewhere, I want to know they have what I want

              steaks is one of the few thing that are easily made at home as good or better than retaurants