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Hanger Steak

Does anyone know where to find hanger (Onglet) steak in Chicago, or is there a substitute?
I really want to make this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

I've tried Whole Foods, no luck. I am in Andersonville.

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  1. Heartland Meats at the Green City frequently carries hanger steak. The other retail store in Chicago that almost certainly has hanger steak is Paulina Meat Market.

    You can order it on-line at Tallgrass Beef (www.tallgrass.beef).

    Flat iron steak is similar and you could probably substitute skirt steak, which is very easy to find.

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    1. re: chicgail

      Thanks so much! I love the Green City Market.

      Green City Market
      1750 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

      1. re: chicgail

        Never heard of these guys, are they pretty good?

        1. re: farmall400

          I don't know which guys you mean, but everyone one I mentioned in the post is definitely good.

          1. re: chicgail

            All three of chicgail's suggestions are fairly well known around Chicago. Tallgrass, which is sometimes mentioned on restaurant menus as a supplier, is best known for two things: grass-fed beef, and its ownership by longtime local news anchor Bill Kurtis. Incidentally, the link above for their website doesn't work; it's www.tallgrassbeef.com

            Hanger steak isn't really anything exotic, and shouldn't be too hard to find at any good old-fashioned butcher shop. From Andersonville, Paulina Meat Market in Lakeview is pretty close, and if you happen to be traveling north of Andersonville, Zier's in Wilmette isn't terribly far. I would suggest calling ahead to either place; that way not only can you confirm that they have it, but they can set it aside for you.

            I don't recall whether or not there are any meat vendors at the Wednesday farmers market in Andersonville, but if there are, you could probably arrange with them to bring you hanger steaks. At this point the season is over, but you can keep it in mind for next year.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              Thanks for correcting the link. Looks like my fingers were working without benefit of my brain.

      2. I recommend calling ahead to any of the butchers recommended in the butcher topics:


        (Even though those topics haven't been updated lately, the butchers recommended there are still the best in town.)

        1. I would also call Gene's in Lincoln Square to see if they have it. If they don't, they are very good at ordering it for you.

          1. Call or stop by Butcher & Larder (opened since the threads Nsxtasy linked were last updated). Rob is great at suggesting alternate cuts in case they run out of what you're looking for. Since they only get whole animals, this can happen unless you stop by on Wednesdays/Thursdays/maybe Fridays (I believe they receive their product on Wednesday mornings). Not necessarily the lowest prices in town but the quality is as good, if not better, than many other places in the city (especially if you want locally-raised, grass-fed, etc.).

            1026 N. Milwaukee Ave.

            1. Thanks everyone. As it turns out, Gene's in Lincoln Square has hanger steak everyday.

              1. You can also buy them online and have them shipped to your door. West Dakota Kobe has hanging tender cuts - http://westdakotakobe.com/shop/index....

                1. Restaurant Depot -- at least the ones in the NY area -- generally have it, though they only sell to business customers (not just food service, any business license will get you a card).

                  Here's a recent result -- pan roasted onglet with shallot & red wine reduction, potato puree & fried shallot rings.

                  Restaurant Depot
                  1030 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642

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                  1. re: rjbh20

                    Late to this. I've found Hanger surprisingly difficult to find in Chicago (especially since it's fairly common on menus). Either way, Fox and Obel has it most of the time, and at a surprisingly OK price (I think $11.99/lb). It's particularly high quality.

                    Other than that, I would have recommended The Butcher and Larder, already recommended above.

                    Butcher and Larder
                    1026 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

                    1. re: bobdobilina

                      Unfortunately this will always be the case with cuts like the Hanger. The more you see it on menus and Food Network the harder it will be to find. There is only one per animal and used to be undesirable Hence its other name The Butcher's Steak because usually the butcher took it home. The farmer that I use for my butcher shop, also the processor, gives them to me because nobody up here wants them. I use them in my restaurant because I can't give them away in the butcher shop. As the dish grows in popularity this will no longer be the case. Make a trip to VA and with advance enough advance notice I will sell you a truckload of 'em at 6.99 per pound. All Naturally raised too;)

                      1. re: Butcherboy1

                        Thanks so much.. I'm not sure why it's undesirable because it makes a very tasty and rich steak.