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jessejames Dec 16, 2013 04:05 PM

been enjoying these incredible 1.5" thick ribeyes from here, about 25 bucks each so not cheap but this is steakhouse quality (easily) and would certainly be substantially more in a restaurant...never had the steaks from there until last month or so and we've now been back, a lot, for more. Really nice butcher who helped my wife with recommendations for her hungry men who are bad cooks but can fire up a mean steak on the bbq. thumbs up.

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  1. Mr Taster RE: jessejames Dec 16, 2013 04:25 PM

    Yeah, Huntington Meats is a great operation. Friendly guys, too. Unfortunately they no longer take apart whole cows, so sometimes they don't have the cut I need (chuck eye roast, I'm looking at you...) Instead, they use cryovac pouches of Harris Ranch prime.

    Interesting to note that a few years ago on our way back from SF, we stopped at Harris Ranch's steakhouse way out in Coalinga off I-5. Surprisingly, they only serve, and sell Choice. Apparently the Prime all goes to retailers like Huntington Meats.


    Mr Taster

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      jessejames RE: Mr Taster Dec 16, 2013 04:29 PM

      glad to hear you like it there too. my kid is teething and the beef jerky they sell there hits the spot for her! and dad.

      harris ranch...if you can get past the smell around it, terrific spot. we have gotten some of the best prime rib, whole thing with bones from them, but it's been a few years...all this talk about corned beef hash on this page, the stuff there is killer too. what do u do with a chuck eye roast? is it like a discount prime rib that you roast up in oven?

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        Mr Taster RE: jessejames Dec 16, 2013 05:21 PM

        "The chuck eye is a long, narrow group of muscles that runs along the center of the chuck, or shoulder section of the cow, from front to back. It is a continuation of the same muscles that make up the rib eye, one of the most flavorful and tender cuts of beef. This is also the reason why it may be hard to find: Its proximity to the rib eye allows butchers to portion and sell chuck-eye "steak" as a less expensive alternative to boneless rib-eye steaks."

        Cooks Illustrated, May 2011

        Huntington Meats doesn't sell this cut, but Marconda sells it, I believe, as "chuck rib eye".

        Mr Taster

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          Will Owen RE: Mr Taster Dec 16, 2013 06:10 PM

          If I'm not mistaken this is also the cut from whence cometh the flatiron steak. Some brilliant meat guy figured out that instead of cutting that crosswise and getting a bunch of tender little steaks with a strip of sinew across the middle, you could just cut lengthwise against that strip of sinew and get two nice tender steaks that you could sell for $6-8/lb. (at Kroger affiliates).

          BTW, Marconda is my favorite meat place. Huntington has some gorgeous beef, but Marconda has great big 1" thick pork shoulder steaks that I adore, and not expensive.

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            Jack Flash RE: Will Owen Dec 16, 2013 06:59 PM

            Another vote for Marconda's.

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              jessejames RE: Will Owen Dec 16, 2013 07:32 PM

              Good info on flatiron. So a sort if split ribeye narrow end?

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              jessejames RE: Mr Taster Dec 16, 2013 07:25 PM

              I like marconda for other stuff. Boudin bacon. What do u prefer at each place taster? That cut sounds nice so grill it like a tritip?

        2. A5 KOBE RE: jessejames Dec 16, 2013 04:51 PM

          If you like Harris Ranch, I highly suggest you try the Piedmontese beef at Marconda.

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            jessejames RE: A5 KOBE Dec 16, 2013 07:28 PM

            Ribeye? Filets?

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              A5 KOBE RE: jessejames Dec 16, 2013 09:02 PM

              new york, ribeye, and flat iron in the Piedmonte

              it is all good

              I also to note, Huntington has great applewood smoked bacon and Marconda has this danish bacon which are both great. the danish bacon is a bit pricey though. :/

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                Mr Taster RE: A5 KOBE Dec 16, 2013 11:59 PM

                Huntington also has pecan wood smoked bacon for a dollar more. Great stuff... thick cut slabs. Often Huntington has very good sale prices, too. I tend to go to marconda only when Huntington doesn't have what I need. It's really primarily a price consideration since marconda tends to be more expensive.

                Mr Taster

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                  jessejames RE: Mr Taster Dec 17, 2013 08:15 AM

                  ive had both bacons, and like them both...the danish one doesn't seem smoked at all, but nice meat and flavor. that bacon at huntington is very different and quite good too. ive found the sausages at huntington a bit too lean for my taste, but man those ribeyes were juicy and well marbled....im going to have to try that chuck eye/flat iron and do some comparisons with the piedmont meat -- always just assumed that stuff was too lean to be tasty...but i listen to the hounds...

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                    Mr Taster RE: jessejames Dec 17, 2013 10:07 AM

                    The chuck eye is best suited to braises and stews as it comes from the tough shoulder of the the cow. The shoulder does a lot of work (as opposed to the tenderloin, which does very little work by comparison), so it has a lot of connective tissue that makes the cut of meat very tough if you cook over direct, high heat, as you would a steak. The proteins in the connective tissue seize up and become tough when cooked this way... think of what happens to eggs when you scramble them.

                    But if you braise the chuck low and slow, all of that connective tissue melts into gelatin and you end up with a savory pot roast. Thinking again of the egg analogy, but this time cook them low and slow over a double boiler and instead of scrambled eggs, you get custard. It's a similar concept. Proteins are funny things.

                    Mr Taster

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                      jessejames RE: Mr Taster Dec 17, 2013 10:13 AM

                      great tips. taster, are you a science teacher?

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                        Mr Taster RE: jessejames Dec 17, 2013 10:25 AM

                        No. I'm just an amateur cooking enthusiast.

                        Mr Taster

          2. perk RE: jessejames Dec 17, 2013 10:34 AM

            I like Huntington, and still go there. But my favorite butcher has become Linday & Grundy on Fairfax. These women are great and have a terrific selection. Expensive, but really top notch.

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              Mr Taster RE: perk Dec 17, 2013 11:03 AM

              Lindy & Grundy is the Sweet Lady Jane of hipster butchery. Rude and elitist. I refer to them now as Lindy and Grumpy.



              Mr Taster

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                ronsilverado RE: Mr Taster Dec 18, 2013 01:31 PM

                Agreed. I went there once and was met with an attitude bordering on confrontational. I walked right out and I have not been back.

                For overpriced hipster butchery, McCall's has great stuff and are exceedingly friendly. Worth the occasional splurge, IMHO.

            2. perk RE: jessejames Dec 17, 2013 04:29 PM

              I'm sorry you've had that experience.
              I never have.
              I was in there the first week they were open.
              And one of the co-owners always remembers me, and I'm not there all the time.
              They've gone out of their way to accomodate special orders, and not necessarily big, expensive ones.
              Have other hounds found them to be rude?

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                Mr Taster RE: perk Dec 17, 2013 04:40 PM

                Yelp has lots of rude encounter stories @ L&G


                Mr Taster

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                  ns1 RE: Mr Taster Dec 17, 2013 04:52 PM

                  wow, when sorted by that order those reviews are brutal.

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                  jessejames RE: perk Dec 17, 2013 06:41 PM

                  I don't have a beef

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                  ns1 RE: jessejames Dec 18, 2013 01:46 PM

                  Wifey just came back from HM. She bought $30 worth of beef jerky, it was delicious. Guy in front of her bought $400 worth of jerky. That is not a typo.

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                    jessejames RE: ns1 Dec 18, 2013 01:49 PM

                    i love their jerky too. we like the terriaki and the spicy one...
                    400 bucks worth? maybe he's a cowboy or a trucker!

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                      ns1 RE: jessejames Dec 18, 2013 01:54 PM

                      yep, those are the only 2 types we buy

                  2. wienermobile RE: jessejames Dec 18, 2013 01:51 PM

                    Huntington has a great sausage selection:

                    Sweet Italian
                    Hot Italian
                    Portuguse Linguisa
                    English Bangers
                    Breakfast Patties
                    Bulk Country
                    Garlic Artichoke
                    Fresh Polish
                    *SPECIAL SAUSAGE*
                    Alligator Andouille
                    Wild Boar

                    Cajun-Hot Hot Hot
                    Basil & Tomato
                    Chicken Kiev
                    Sante Fe
                    Apple Cinnamon
                    Tropical Thunder w/Papaya
                    Cordon Bleu
                    Asian Teriyaki
                    Lamb Mediterranean
                    Hot Spicy Lamb
                    Zummo's Boudian
                    Sauoie's Tasso Ham
                    New Orleans
                    Hot Cajun
                    Bavarian Emmenthal

                    *CUSTOM ORDER SAUSAGES*
                    Fresh Polish
                    Peppers & Onions
                    Lamb Merquez
                    Chicken Lemon & Herb
                    Chicken Jamacan Mango
                    Pork 3 Chesse Italian
                    Pann's Chicken Sausage

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                      jessejames RE: wienermobile Dec 18, 2013 01:54 PM

                      holy shit.

                      we get the sicilian, the breakfast sausage and the chicken basil and tomato.

                      i had no idea there were so many fish under the surface there!

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                        ns1 RE: wienermobile Dec 18, 2013 01:56 PM

                        So, from this massive list, what's the best/wurst?

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                          wienermobile RE: ns1 Dec 18, 2013 02:38 PM

                          Garlic Artichoke
                          Lamb Mediterranean

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