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Jan 30, 2014 07:02 AM

Looking for Prime Bone-In Thick Cut Ribeye or Portehouse Steaks

Anywhere other than Savenors, which isn't all that convenient to me... Or should I just order from Lafreida?

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  1. M.F. Dulock in Somerville or most of the winter markets with meat vendors (stillman's at the Brookline winter market, probably someone at the armory in Somerville, etc)

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    1. re: dchow

      Where are you located? Savenors really is best for this type of beef you describe. Sulmona in the North End will get what you need, but call ahead. Fresh Pond Market can be good as well, but likewise you have to check what they have for prime. Dewars just closed. Costco Everett had some nice thick prime ribeyes last week.

      Dulock offers excellent product and often has in house aged steaks, however Prime grade meat isn't really their thing. They will plainly tell you this and that they are different than a place like Savenors. Stillman's and other market vendors will have grass fed product, but not much prime. Also, you likely need to order ahead to get thick cut steaks from a market vendor such as that. I have found most Whole Foods locations difficult about getting or cutting something not already in the case.

      1. re: black_lab

        Located in Marblehead, I've had nice thick steaks from Butcher Boy in North Andover and Sulmona in the NE cut to order, just not prime.

    2. many wholefoods will either have those cuts "outback" or can bring it in for you.

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      1. re: bostonfoodz

        I've tried my local Whole Foods and they wouldn't cut it any thicker than what was in the case about 1 1/4"... Maybe I'll take a ride to the shiny new one in Lynnfield.

        1. re: phatchris

          Whatever happened to Kinneally meats? I used to get them to cut stuff (years and years ago).

          1. re: hazelhurst

            They are located in the Milton Fruit Center. Good stuff.

            1. re: newhound

              Thanks for the response. I thought they ran a good shop back in the 1970s/80s. Haven't knowingly had their stuff for awhile so that is good to hear.

        2. re: bostonfoodz

          Every Whole Foods butcher I've ever asked has been willing to cut steaks however thick I want (assuming they have more in the back). Have they changed their policy?

        3. Saw some at Haverhill Beef Company the other day, if you're in that area ever.

          Got some nice prime tips there last week, seared 'em over high heat, Like this:

          smoked up the house pretty good, but.....yumm

          1. Personally I'd get it from Savenors (which isn't all that convenient for me either), but who's meat I much prefer to WF. Another option, although also out of the way, is Wegman's in Northborough, which IIRC carries prime grade in those two cuts, and will cut to specific thicknesses.

            1. Look up the Meat House. They have locations in Arlington, Beverly, Chelmsford and N. Andover. Call and they'll either have what you want or they'll get it.

              I used to go their former location in Brookline. They had prime and aged cuts like this and will cut to order, though they might not have exactly what you want if you just walk in.

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              1. re: lergnom

                Meat House can be OK for some things, but I'd definitely call first, they don't have prime in every cut, I think they usually have it in Delmonico, but not sure about bone-in Rib steak or Porterhouse.

                1. re: lergnom

                  I got a rather nice 2 inch caveman style rib eye from the Meat House a while back.