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Mar 15, 2013 07:22 AM

Take out cooked corned beef

Yesterday, I got hot corned beef with all the fixings at the Market Basket in Chelsea. Although A bit salty, it was pretty good. I'm not usually over that way, so it there anywhere in the Boston area I can find this? I will also be around the South Shore (Braintree, Weymouth, Quincy) tomorrow, so that would work too. I won't make it at home because I hate the smell and how it lingers for days bit want to eat it at home. Thanks.

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  1. I'm not sure that this will be helpful location-wise, but yesterday Wilson Farm in Lexington was giving samples of their house-cured corned beef. They have it for sale uncooked, but I'm pretty sure they are offering prepared meals, too. It was pretty tasty.

    Definitely call first if you plan on going, though, since I didn't focus on the takeout and I'd hate for you to make a wasted trip.

    1. TJs has a pre-cooked, chem free corned beef, that there were doing as samples last week. I thought it was pretty good.

      1. Thanks. I ended up going back to Market Basket. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste as good as the other day. It's a bit dryer and very lean. I like to have a little bit of marbling in it.

        1. The tastiest corned beef in the Boston area is at Michael's Deli, a little hole-in-the-wall joint in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. They get the meat from a New York vendor and cook it themselves using their own special recipe. They normally sell it sliced, but I'm sure they'd be happy to sell you a whole one (it's not cheap though - $15 a pound).

          Trust me - this was one of the few places Anthony Bourdain deigned to visit when he did a show on Boston last year. It's that good.

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          1. re: BobB

            Bob B, I've tried Michaels a few times and found it too lean and dry. I returned more than once, because I kept thinking I might have gone on an off day because of all the hype it gets.

            1. re: catsmeow

              When were you last there? It's under new ownership (Steve, much more personable than the original Michael, who at times bore some resemblance to the Soup Nazi)) and lately his CB has been anything but lean, almost too fatty, but seriously good.

              1. re: BobB

                I just saw that on another thread about Reuben sandwiches. Thanks for letting me know, because the last time I went was close to 2 years ago. I'll definitely have to try it again!

                1. re: catsmeow

                  BobB...Well, I tried Michaels again and I'm glad I did. The corned beef was wonderful, just enough fat to give it good flavor. I also got some Romanian pastrami that was also very good. The counter staff was also very friendly. The search is over!

                  1. re: catsmeow

                    I also revisited Michael's Deli a few weeks ago after a long hiatus and was highly content with the conebeef (but not the bread as others have noted), but what I was really fressin' on was their pastrami knish - a flaky rich empanada-style, with fatty pastrami and a dollop of deli mustard. They also had a special knish filled with kasha, kishka and brisket which was a delight. The regular potato knishes are the size of your head and heavy as lead. Incredibly friendly and helpful folks.

            2. re: BobB

              Evans Deli in Marblehead has great corned beef as well as pastrami.

              1. re: phatchris

                I've heard some good things about Evans but haven't been up on that neck of the woods for a while. It's on my list.....

              2. re: BobB

                Apparently the rye bread situation has not improved at Michael's under the new ownership, though: it's still using Wonder Bread-like Pullman loaves. This is baffling and a disservice to that corned beef.

                Also, Bourdain went to Michael's because Howie Carr dragged him there; Michael's was sponsoring Carr's show. I thought that was idiotic, taking a New Yorker to a Boston deli. Talk about coals to Newcastle.


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Ah, that makes sense. It was kind of an outlying moment in a show that was mainly about Southie. Still, their corned beef is as good as you'll find around here.

                  I agree about their bread, though. I commented on that on your Facebook page, in a digression on the Burger Joint thread.

                  1. re: BobB

                    There's been an extended discussion in one of my social-media circles (Facebook?) about combining Michael's corned beef with Clear Flour's rye Pullman, only a few of which are baked daily. I don't mind really firm, crusty rye bread, but one commenter prefers it softer for a sandwich, and suggests using slices from the center of a fresh CF loaf. I love the specificity of that idea.


                      1. re: BobB

                        Ah, awesome! I don't always connect the dots between Chowhound, Twitter, and Facebook handles.


              3. Whole Foods in Fresh Pond was giving out samples yesterday. I found it kind of dry, not super tender and too heavy on the clove. Just my opinion, of course, but figured I'd chime in again.