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Where can I buy a good quality rack of lamb for a good price?

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LL1 Jul 13, 2012 09:50 AM

Hi,

Where can I buy good quality rack of lamb for a good price? I used to get it at Costco, but I don't belong anymore. Then I got it at Super King, but the one in Glendale says they don't carry it anymore.

I don't mind paying for quality, but the price at Gelson's was ridiculous. I live in Echo Park, but I'll travel any meat market.

Thanks!

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    ns1 RE: LL1 Jul 13, 2012 10:08 AM

    Not TJ's. I thought it was very, very bland.

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      FED RE: LL1 Jul 13, 2012 10:17 AM

      i buy the TJ rack of lamb all the time. I never serve it as a rack, but cut it into chops. I think it has great flavor.

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        ns1 RE: FED Jul 13, 2012 10:18 AM

        funny how we could reach entirely different conclusions based on the same product.

        if you're buying chops anyway i got some great pre-marinated chops @ farmers ranch market in Sherman Oaks. 9.99/lb.

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          carter RE: ns1 Jul 13, 2012 09:08 PM

          Farmer's Ranch Market in Sherman Oaks?
          Where the .... is it?
          but Costco is my on-going go-to for racks of lamb, yet not at $9.99 per pound.
          More like $12.99 or $13.99 per pound, and from down under.

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            Bob Brooks RE: carter Jul 14, 2012 12:29 PM

            Farmer's Ranch Market is actually in Van Nuys. West side of Sepulveda about half a block south of Sherman Way. It's a very interesting place with a strong ethnic leaning toward the Middle East. Large bins of cheap produce and both Halal and Kosher meats. Interesting variety of imported goods, too. Oddly, they're closed on Sunday.

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              ns1 RE: Bob Brooks Jul 14, 2012 02:41 PM

              sorry, this is correct.

              close enough to sherman oaks for me lol

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            FED RE: ns1 Jul 23, 2012 10:17 AM

            yeah, i've had really mixed results with tj meats in general. i don't think i've ever been sold anything worse than those "italian sausages" they used to get from niman ... the texture of hot dogs. and their marinated tri-tip is just awful. but the plain rack, unseasoned, from new zealand, is really good lamb. the other good thing they have in that section is the "natural" (not "organic") chicken.

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              ns1 RE: FED Jul 23, 2012 10:18 AM

              the TJ's applewood smoked bacon, however, is some sort of godly.

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                FED RE: ns1 Jul 23, 2012 02:22 PM

                point taken.

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          foufou RE: LL1 Jul 13, 2012 10:25 AM

          Fresh & Easy market(s)

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            JudiAU RE: LL1 Jul 15, 2012 10:27 AM

            The frozen rack at TJs is pretty good value, especially if you defrost carefully. I'd advise washing off the coating because it is too strong. It will still be well seasoned. The fresh racks are less tasty.

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              ZoeZ RE: LL1 Jul 15, 2012 10:43 AM

              Von's delivery menu has rack of lamb on sale on a regular basis for $12.99 a pound and they are delicious - we cut one in half so that we have two baby chops each - very tasty. However regular price is $17.99 which is not so tasty!

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