The Best Prime Lamb (& beef)
Got ta, got ta, got ta... ...
Try a little tenderness !
be able to find some
*really* excellent Prime lamb, especially
(or Beef) for sale / retail.
Like the heavy Colorado rack they has a long while back @ Campania
whose owner swore that even They could only get ahold of those great ribs periodically
(may be using something less exotic now as its always on the menu)
Or simply a seriously buttery kick ass NY strip/ T-bone of G-23, A & L
( even Cap Grill caliber )
I'm not buying into the line that only these big consumers
can get a great piece of meat for christ sake.
Its out there somewhere.
Tried Dewar's aged stuff ,
The Circus's dry aged counter @ fresh pond
and even tired old Jack .Savinor's. All OK but none of the three stacked up for beef
and I have NO idea even where to start finding great lamb,
you know, the kind of lamb that tastes like it was grazing in an old leafy iron mine?
& then I thought
Why not send in the Hounds.....?
You guys know everything,
a whole bunch of it wrong ,
Its all yours
As for beef, if you wish to drive, Costco carries USDA Prime beef at great prices. I've dry aged their whole rib eye and it comes out great. Just a note here - Capital Grill uses USDA Choice that they dry age, making for a great taste. As for the lamb, if you are seeking chops or a good sized leg, Gabatta has some good recs. Are you grilling?
How are you cooking your steaks? You might consider spending some time on the home cooking board. Using beef from Dewars or Savenors, you should easily be able to cook a steak on par with or better than the restaurants you listed. Try the high heat, case iron method.
I personally prefer Fresh Pond Market. They will get almost anything you request in advance. Bias aside, I can't say their beef is noticeably better than Dewars, etc. However I do find the service and prices to be better. The butcher counter may not look impressive, but spend some time talking to them. The variety of meat and game they can obtain is impressive.
I once received a gift of mail order beef from Allen Brothers. The porterhouses were absolutely gorgeous meat, however the taste wasn't differentiated enough from other options in the area to make me ever order it again.
Alternatively, for lamb, check out Westminster Meats at the Cambridge Winter Farmers market (today). I posted about this vendor in another thread. I have not tried their lamb, but the pork tasted unlike any other pork I have tried - just delicious.
Good Luck. Seriously buy an old lodge cast iron pan and amaze yourself with a home cooked steak.