What's the best supermarket beef in the Bay Area?
- JKMillerInc Jan 31, 2014 08:30 AM
We buy Costco beef when we have the freezer room, but have relied on Safeway for the past few years. In the beginning, the Rancher's Reserve stuff was pretty good. But after tough, flavorless steaks these past few months, we've decided to look elsewhere.
So, Chowhounds...what do you recommend?
Please keep in mind that I don't like the grass-fed stuff - too lean/flavorless/expensive. I'm talking grain-fed, well-marbled juicy steaks that I can go grab at the grocery store on the way home from work. Thanks in advance!
In Palo Alto I like Piazza's Fine Foods on Middlefield, and Charleston. Schaub's at Stanford Shopping Center would be my 2nd choice. Otherwise it's Costco for me.
Can't help you with supermarket beef but here's a re-post from a prior meat thread:
Ranchers' Reserve is supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions (CMS).
Individual carcasses are selected for the brand after a half-inch thick, 2 inch long piece of ribeye is cooked on a conveyer belt and subjected to something called a Slice Shear Force measurement.
Meat that passes then "experience(s) a host of other tenderness interventions, including electro-stimulation and mechanical stretching processes patented by CMS."
I used to eat A LOT of beef and personally, I always found the Harris Ranch beef to be the best quality beef of all supermarket (non-grass fed) brands. I used to buy it at DucLoi in the Mission. They would always accommodate my requests for a certain thickness or just a fresher piece than the one that they had sitting in a display case.
Here is the list of all B.A. supermarkets that carry it: http://www.harrisranchbeef.com/wheret...
I think it's hard to beat Costco's Prime Grade steaks for the money. Beats any grocery store meat and at a good price point.
I've found Niman Ranch beef, available at many (better) markets, to be excellent. Pasture raised Angus, but finished on grain, it has the flavor and texture I like.
I used to be able to get dry-aged prime ribeye at Bryan's on California Street. I don't get out that way much these days so I don't know if they still sell that, but in general that's hard to find at supermarkets.