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Corned Beef - SF Dish of the Month (March 2013)

Lots of different votes this month, but corned beef had the most! Here's a link to the vote: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892110

The goal of Dish of the Month is to collectively try as many versions of corned beef as possible during the month of March! So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

For those who regularly eat corned beef in the Bay Area, hopefully this project can lead to a new favorite version, and for those who don't usually seek it out, hopefully this will be an excuse to go out and try some!

Dave MP

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  1. Yay for corned beef! I l already have a brisket on order from 4505 Meats to corn my own, but look forward to comparing my version to a few pro ones.

    1. Lame! Just my useless opinion. So many great dishes, and this one is DOTM????

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      1. re: sambamaster

        This might be a hard DOTM to keep focused--- outside the home, corned beef isn't typically eaten as a dish in and of itself these days. Corned beef sandwiches aside, it's more commonly eaten as a component of a dish (e.g., reuben, corned beef hash, corned beef and cabbage). Whichever way we get access to it, it would be helpful for people to report on whether the corned beef is housemade or not.

        1. re: hyperbowler

          Don't forget povi-masima boiled with taro tubers and leaves. :)

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Ha! South Pacific Island Restaurant near the Cow Palace has that, or at least did when I was there in Dec. 2008.

            1. re: hyperbowler

              never heard of it, but it definitely sounds interesting.

              1. re: escargot3

                I know this is not the site for recipes but I think this one is importantthediscussion.
                http://getthecrockout.blogspot.com/20...

                BTW Grocery Outlet has Reuben Brand corned beef for $2.59 a pound with pieces as small as 2 pounds, perfect for couples..

      2. had the corned beef hash a month ago at
        Min's Kitchen
        3505 Clayton Rd
        Concord, Ca.
        it tasted burnt, not fresh, had bits of corned beef in it. probably canned.
        hashed browns looked like burnt mash potatoes.

        1. I've had the flu since 2/19 and I know I must be on the mend because this is the first time for 'food for thought'- yay for the resurrection of the taste buds.
          If I were eating, I'd be on the road to Petaluma; destination: Pete's Henny Penny on any Thursday for the Special of the Day: housemade Corned Beef and Cabbage.

          4995 Petaluma Blvd N
          Petaluma, CA 94952
          (707) 763-0459

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          1. re: Cynsa

            I've fought the flu since 1-17, and can still feel it, even though my appetite has returned.

            1. re: arktos

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882068
              - get plenty of rest, don't have a relapse -
              - try grated fresh ginger root with spoonful of honey twice a day-
              before we're bumped for off-topic post

          2. OK, I'm going to wade in here.

            A to Bette's Oceanview Diner for a perfect corned beef hash--great flavor, not overly salty, wonderful crust, splendid mix of potatoes and onions and seasoning, the perfect foil for a poached or lightly fried egg on top, every bite a guilty pleasure.

            A- to Saul's Deli for their Niman Ranch corned beef (in a sandwich and per pound for carry out)--delicious re flavor (right balance of salt, meat-y), texture, fat allotment (just enough, not too much)--in fact, as I write, wonder about that "minus"--thinking that's reflexive/residual snobbery re anything outside New York in this department!

            C+ to Wise Sons @ the Ferry Building on Tuesdays--disappointed in a corned beef sandwich that was fatty (in a bad way), tough, poorly sliced. No big complaints re flavor, but the rest of the flaws made it hard to enjoy.

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            1. re: sundeck sue

              Regarding Sauls, do you know if the use brisket? Seems like everyone wants to use top round these days.

              1. re: Civil Bear

                When I went to post yesterday, I poked around Saul's website to see if I could more about the provenance of the corned beef--but all I learned was Niman.