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Grass fed meat in SFV

dennis7490 Jun 28, 2012 04:11 PM


New to forum. Aside from Whole Foods, is there a place to get good grass fed meats in the SFV?

My Whole Foods in Woodland Hills seems to have a turnover problem, and although not frequent (3-4 years) I've had 3 bad pieces of meat and two bad pieces of seafood. I am now gunshy about getting meat or fish there.
Olives, cheeses, bread, etc., great. But not meat and fish.

I like bristol Farms for meat, but it's in Westlake, a drive, and their grass fed meat is limited.

Non grassfed i always go to Costco and it is always good.

  1. SIMIHOUND Jun 29, 2012 07:12 AM

    This is an old thread that was brought back to life.

    I go with Novy Ranch beef.

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      ebethsdad Jun 29, 2012 12:56 PM

      Its not grass fed, but Jim's Fallbrook Market has Harris Ranch Beef, as well as Diestel turkeys, and excellent seafood. Its on Fallbrook, just south of Oxnard. If they don't have what you want ask them. An added bonus is the barbecue in the parking lot on weekends.

      1. boogiebaby Jun 29, 2012 09:45 PM

        Saw some today at Sprouts in Granada Hills.

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        1. re: boogiebaby
          dennis7490 Jul 8, 2012 11:10 AM

          I started this thread and found some. Not in the SFV but Bristol Farms in Westlake. They have NY Waygu from New Zealand. I think Rib eye, too. the NYs are fantastic. Way better than Harris Beef, which is not grass fed, but do yourself a favor and taste them side by side. No comparison.

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          ebethsdad Jul 11, 2012 02:16 PM

          Resurrecting this thread as I was shocked to find organic grass fed steaks at Millennium Ralphs of all places. That's the flagship store on Victory and Ventura. They carry USDA Prime in the butcher's case. Right below it was cryopacked organic grass fed NY strips for the same price as the Prime, 13.99/lb.

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          1. re: ebethsdad
            TailbackU Jul 11, 2012 02:40 PM

            wow that's cheaper than Costco

            1. re: TailbackU
              ebethsdad Jul 11, 2012 03:46 PM

              I don't know the grade of the grass fed steaks. Its not on the package so they may only be selects. I'm dry-aging them and will report back on how good they are.

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                dennis7490 Jul 11, 2012 04:04 PM

                I found grass fed, Waygu (sp?) New Zealand NY steaks at Bristol Farms in Westlake. Most likely at the other stores, too. Some of the best steaks i have ever had. had it next to a Harris ranch steak, and the Harris ranch steak was tasteless compared to the New Zealand NY grass fed. Bone NY about $17-$18. Boneless, more, I think $22, not sure. Bone in is great, though! Lotta flavor.

                1. re: ebethsdad
                  TailbackU Jul 11, 2012 04:43 PM

                  Prime for $13.99 is cheaper than Costco. Last time i bought prime steaks at costco, i paid $15.99

                  1. re: TailbackU
                    dennis7490 Jul 11, 2012 04:52 PM

                    We are not talking prime. We are talking grass fed. There is no grass fed at Costco. Besides, since meat is rated by the FDA on fat content grass fed prime is an oxymoron.

                    1. re: dennis7490
                      TailbackU Jul 11, 2012 05:04 PM

                      "They carry USDA Prime in the butcher's case. Right below it was cryopacked organic grass fed NY strips for the same price as the Prime, 13.99/lb."

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                        dennis7490 Jul 11, 2012 07:12 PM

                        My apologies. I will check into it. Do try the Waygu new Zealand at Bristol Farms. Truly excellent meant. Grass fed.

              2. re: ebethsdad
                selfportrait93 Jul 11, 2012 04:33 PM

                Ralphs on Victory and Ventura?
                ebethsdad, where is this store?

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                  lapizzamaven Jul 11, 2012 05:13 PM

                  good questin! there was a Ralph's on Ventura nr Van Nuys(actually at Woodman?) but it was torn down last week and theyre starting on a bigger, better Ralph's. theres also still one at Van Nuys and Burbank...dont think its a "flagship" store...

                  1. re: lapizzamaven
                    Servorg Jul 11, 2012 05:36 PM

                    Isn't there a Ralphs on Ventura between Hayvenhurst and Libbit in Encino?

                  2. re: selfportrait93
                    ebethsdad Jul 11, 2012 09:14 PM


                    Its the flagship Ralphs. Opened in 2000, thus the "Millennium" name. They carry prime beef in the butcher's case, and have a good produce department. The grass fed beef was a surprise to me.

                    1. re: ebethsdad
                      ebethsdad Jul 11, 2012 09:17 PM

                      Oh and the Prime was 13.99 a pound for NY strips. I was going to buy @ Jim's, mentioned above, but it was 27.00 a pound. Love the independent store, but can't afford it.

                      1. re: ebethsdad
                        selfportrait93 Jul 11, 2012 09:42 PM

                        I know this store's location. The "Victory" address just threw me off.
                        Anyway, thanks.

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                          dennis7490 Jul 12, 2012 06:16 PM

                          Okay Went to Ralphs. the grass fed NY are pre-cut, sealed in plastic, about 3/4 lb per package at $14 per lb.
                          Much better than Harris beef, which I paid a lot more for and was pretty tasteless. Harris beef more tender, less flavor. And just drier.
                          The New zealand Waygu at Bristol Farms for about$17-18 bone in NY per lb blows Harris beef corn fed, and the Ralphs grass fed off the map. no comparison.

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                            dennis7490 Jul 13, 2012 06:26 PM

                            Okay. had the 2nd grass fed NY. Like leather. Not worth it in my book. don't eat grass fed, or pay the price for good stuff. No in-between.

                            1. re: dennis7490
                              ebethsdad Jul 14, 2012 09:01 PM

                              You are so right. Shoe leather. I apologize to anyone who bought it. Dry-aging made it worse. It made it dry.

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