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Cheaper-than-Safeway red meat (not ground) near Berkeley?

CheapStudent Aug 5, 2012 09:50 PM

I don't have a huge experience in shopping around here, but I've tried Safeway, 99 Ranch and Grocery Outlet, and none of them have great prices on meat. Although 99 Ranch pork is quite delicious, its price isn't low enough to eat it every day. Grocery Outlet does not have any fresh meat, period. I settled for Safeway for now, but their price isn't ideal, either. So, is there any place to buy cheap meat (preferably, for less than 2 dollars for a pound)? Thanks.

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    ML8000 Aug 6, 2012 01:32 PM

    For price, try ethnic places; Chinatown, Halal butchers, Mexican carncerias/supermarkets.

    I buy fresh pork cut from the hog in Oakland Chinatown for around that price and have seen beef pretty low in Halal butchers. Not for everyone. YMMV.

    +1 on looking at frozen Costco meat products for price...but you might have to buy a lot. I saw fresh ground beef (88% lean) there for $2.99/lb but in 5-6 pound chunks.

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    1. re: ML8000
      wolfe Aug 6, 2012 01:55 PM

      The last time I bought at the Halal butchers on San Pablo and University the ground beef was $2.29 but cheap doesn't want ground beef.

      1. re: wolfe
        ML8000 Aug 6, 2012 02:25 PM

        I've never bought full beef cuts from that place but I know the lamb is really well priced, like $5/lb...or it was. Worth a look because they're low across the board.

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      sydthekyd Aug 6, 2012 01:17 PM

      Berkeley Grocery Outlet does have fresh meat and chicken.

      1. wolfe Aug 6, 2012 01:12 PM

        Costco has a pack of 4 frozen Bulgogi packs total weight 2.5 pounds of which a good deal is marinade at about $5. Defrosted stir fried crispy with some onion and tossed with kimchi makes a decent sandwich.

        1. twocents Aug 6, 2012 01:02 PM

          $2/lb is a tough price point. That said, some of the meat at Koreana Plaza on Telegraph in Oakland is distinctly cheaper than other outlets (Berkeley Bowl, 99, costco). Worth a look.

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            Helene Goldberg Aug 5, 2012 11:20 PM

            Costco has great meat at good prices. If you get large cuts of pork shoulder, it's under $2 a pound (I think).

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            1. re: Helene Goldberg
              Civil Bear Aug 6, 2012 07:41 AM

              As for beef, Costco sells Choice grade and above, so you won't find anything close to $2/lb there. Keep an eye on the weekly grocery store ads for Safeway, Lucky's/SaveMart, etc. as occasionally they will have London Broil and chuck roasts for around that price. Another option would be Smart & Final for larger cuts of Select Grade beef.

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              hyperbowler Aug 5, 2012 11:17 PM

              Nothing is coming to mind, but you may want to monitor Safeway for sales. Are you looking for any particular cuts?

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              1. re: hyperbowler
                CheapStudent Aug 5, 2012 11:22 PM

                No, not really. Also, it doesn't have to be beef; pork, goat or mutton will do.

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