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Jan 18, 2012 03:33 PM

Skirt Steak

Where can I buy skirt steak in La Jolla/San Diego?

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  1. Whole Foods sometimes has it available, but not regularly.

    Costco sells flap meat, which is similar.

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    1. re: Josh

      In years past I used to see Costco sell skirt steak which been topped with feta cheese & fresh basil then rolled up like a cinnamon bun and then cut into circular pieces. It was simple but tasty not to mention inexpensive.

      1. re: Josh

        Flap meat is, referred to in the northeast, sirlion tips, good for kabobs etc. Skirt steak is entirely different in thickness, fat and texture, it has a well defined grain that you need to cut across for tenderness and is much thinner. Costco carries both cuts.

        1. re: cstr


          I don't see how that's possible.

          It's very, very thin - thinner than skirt steak.

          1. re: cstr

            This is what the flap meat at Costco looks like.

            1. re: Josh

              That pic is skirt but that's not flap meat.

                1. re: Josh

                  I am going to look into Skirt/flap thing. My internet research isn't doing much, so I am heading to the butcher!

                  1. re: Josh

                    I'm making a small Costco run today, I'll take a pic.

                    1. re: Josh

                      Flap Meat and Skirt Steak can look similar -- both relatively thin, flat and having long meat fibers but they are from different areas of the cow.

                      Shirt Steak is from the Plate:


                      Flap Meat is from the Bottom Sirloin (Josh's post has a link to an excellent article about Flap Meat from the San Francisco Chronicle):


                      1. re: Norm Man

                        Their texture is a bit different too, despite the similar appearance.

                      2. re: Josh

                        Hey Josh you're going to enjoy this. I went to Costco on Morena and you're correct the meat you show is marked flap meat, although it looks like and is skirt steak.. However, I was just on the east coast and went to a Costco, here's a pic of flap meat on the east coast. Go figure but, that's the difference about regional terms etc.

                        1. re: cstr

                          Skirt steak and flap meat look similar, and have similar texture, but I've cooked both quite a bit and they are noticeably different, despite their visual similarity.

                          Skirt steak is thicker and more substantial, and is narrower in width. It cooks less quickly than flap meat.

              1. You could try calling Seisel's in Bay Park, they usually have a pretty wide variety (I would check first). Maybe some of the Mexican markets?

                1. I have had the same problem! I am from the east coast and when I moved here asked several butchers. One tried to tell me it was the same thing, but after some research I know it's not!Flap Meat is thicker and tougher. What about some of the Latin Markets? I'm sure it's super expensive at whole foods.

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                  1. re: master815k

                    Hm, that's not been my experience. Quite the opposite, in fact. Flap meat is thinner, without as much of the membrane that skirt steak has.

                    RE: price at Whole Foods, the grass-fed cuts are pricier (approx $10/lb), but their standard beef offering I think comes in around $6/lb.

                    Of course, we could also have a discussion about whether or not one wants to be on the tail end of the commodity meat pipeline, and all the environmental degradation and potential ill-health effects that go with it, but I'm guessing you don't much care.

                    1. re: Josh

                      Really? Maybe it's where I have bought it! I'm going to check out the places mentioned.

                    2. re: master815k

                      WF LJ recently had skirt steak a few times for $5/lb as special offer

                    3. Definitely Seisel's in Bay Park. La Jolla Village area has Homegrown Meats and Jonathan's Market (a Harvest Ranch-owned grocer).

                      1. Try Pancho Villa on El Cajon Blvd where it crosses the 805 or Northgate on 43rd just off the 805 or Vallarta in National City. Most likely will be labeled as "carne asada". The butchers at all 3 are (or should be) bi-lingual and able to tell you if what they're selling as carne asada is, in fact, skirt steak.

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                        1. re: DiningDiva

                          I think Pancho Villas has several types of thin beef cuts, last time I was there getting lunch I was salivating at the meat case.

                          1. re: MrKrispy

                            I've had mixed luck with the meat from Pancho Villa, some has been fine some hasn't. I've had better luck at Northgate

                            1. re: DiningDiva

                              Northgate was where I was thinking you could get some decent skirt steak too!