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Jul 21, 2014 11:29 AM

Your Favorite Place to Get a Grass-fed Burger and/or Steak in the San Diego Environs

There has been a lot of discussion about the touted superior taste and environmental sensitivity of choosing to consume grass-fed beef.

OK, I haven't the faintest idea about where to go to find out for myself. (Also, I am easily confused and distracted by bright shiny objects.)

Where do you go, fellow Chow Hounds?

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  1. I am fairly certain the burger at JRDN at Tower 23 Hotel is grass fed and it is a consistently good burger as far as I am concerned. For the record, I base my like for a burger on the flavor of the meat by itself--not if it needs 4 or 5 added ingredients to give it flavor.

    1. If you want to buy the raw ingredients WholeFoods has Homegrown Meats (you can also visit their shop in LJ) which is very good.
      For a grass fed burger I would go to Alchemy as they have it from sources which is completely grass-fed. (A lot of vendors have grass fed beef which is grain finished (which pretty much defeats the purpose of grass fed - so you might often have to ask about their sources and how the meat is finished.). For steak you might have to go to Cowboy Star as they have some grass fed beef (but not sure about their sources and if it truely grass fed)

      1. came across the following article--most are not burger/steak restos and a few have closed, but fairly relevant article that should be of assistance to you:

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        1. re: El Chevere

          This is total BS - a Fox News editorial about nutrition.

        2. Burger Lounge - multiple locations, tasty burgers!

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          1. re: srk

            +1 on Burger Lounge. Although, personally, the whole "grass fed" thing is just marketing hype.

            1. re: wanker

              Why is grass fed marketing hype ? Ever tried both side by side and see how they different they taste (and let's not start talking about the difference it makes for the animals) ?

              1. re: honkman

                Yes, I've tasted both and the difference minimal -- at least domestically. Now dry aged beef that's another story.

                1. re: honkman

                  I actually don't prefer the taste of grassfed burgers.

                  Steaks are a different matter. At least for certain cuts anyway.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I am fine if somebody prefers the taste of grain fed burgers as taste is subjective but I have problems if somebody calls grass fed beef just a marketing hype as this is simply ignoring facts.

                    1. re: honkman

                      We need an expert in non-commodity beef. Let's see if we can get Josh of The North in the discussion:

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                      1. re: honkman

                        Facts... okay... and they are...?

                        With ground beef, at least with a good quality cut and the right percentage of fat, I find the taste difference between grass feed and traditional corn finished lot feed beef minimal. WIth steaks, grass feed is very in consistent, and I've never been all that impressed. Regardless, I like Burger Lounge.

                        1. re: wanker

                          The taste of a grass fed burger or steak is significantly different than grain fed and my comment was mainly about "just being marketing hype" which is BS

                          1. re: honkman

                            I think when people associate "grass-fed beef" with "marketing hype" it's usually related to the supposed (superior) health benefits of grass-fed beef vis-a-vis corn-fed.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              There is scientific evidence supporting these claims, FYI. Not "supposed" evidence.

                              1. re: Josh

                                There's scientific evidence that supports a lot of things that later turned out to be bunk.

                                Frontal lobotomy, anyone?

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  The study's methodology is published so you can feel free to conduct your own research and prove it wrong if you think that it's wrong.

                                  Of course any attorney, or PR professional, can attempt to discredit scientific evidence by pointing out that sometimes scientific research is flawed or gets the cause/effect relationship wrong.

                                  Citing a questionable surgical procedure like the frontal lobotomy is like citing trephination or phlogiston theory.

                                  Of course if you believe the NIH study to be flawed or "bunk" perhaps you can proffer an alternative hypothesis to explain the evidence revealed by the research study.

                                  (I won't be holding my breath.)

                          2. re: wanker

                            Cows evolved eating a diet of grass, which means their digestive systems don't tolerate grain well. This doesn't only result in cows producing a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas, but also means that eating grain-fed beef contributes hugely to global warming as the transport of grain to feedlots consumes a lot of fossil fuels.

                            Health-wise, beef that comes from grain-fed cows is high in omega-6 fatty acids instead of omega-3, which is bad for one's cholesterol levels.

                            Cows that are raised on grass produce leaner beef, with a much smaller carbon footprint, with greater health benefits.

                            The real marketing hype here is the BS industrial food system that's sold people on the non-scientific notion that corn-fed beef is better.


                            1. re: Josh

                              Josh, I thought that all cows (in the US) are grass fed, right up to the point when they're close to being ready for the slaughterhouse. Then the "corn-fed" cows get a switch in food, to improve marbling I suppose, but it's just for a relatively short time.

                              Is that not so? Just asking.

                              1. re: DoctorChow

                                That's a good question, can't say that I know for sure. I know that is what Brandt does, but my recollection from Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast-Food Nation is that the beef from CAFOs is fed a grain-based diet for most of its life.

                                1. re: DoctorChow

                                  Cows are raised on grass for ~ 8 months (and 700-800 lbs), then go to feedlots for 4 - 6 months where they are fed a high energy food (mostly corn, but also other grains, antibiotics, and who knows what else - remember mad cow disease?). Weight at slaughter is 1200-1400 lbs.

                                    1. re: firecooked

                                      Remember that on Feed Lots, cows stand in muddy manure from the thousands of cows being fed a diet of grains, that is UNnatural for them. Mad cow disease, as well as, many other toxins to their nervous system make for a very weakened immune system. When they become 'down cows' they are shipped off to the slaughter house with the other cows and end up on somebodies dinner plates!

                                  1. re: Josh

                                    Well Joshie, if you really think about it, Man evolved by eating a diet of fruits and veggies, which means our digestive systems don't tolerate meat well. Man only used animals for sacrifice, you know back in the day.

                                    1. re: cstr

                                      lgeria Tassili nAjjir cave. You're correct, only recently did man hunt animals.

                                      It was just 9-10 millenia ago.

                                      These guys were obviously hungry- I mean, look at 'em.

                                      1. re: Fake Name

                                        Isn't the earth just 7000 years old ? Why are these guys not riding dinosaurs ?

                                        1. re: honkman

                                          Yes, and there is incontrovertible photographic, scientific evidence!

                                          1. re: Fake Name

                                            It looks like you listened to Lewis Black

                                        2. re: Fake Name

                                          Yes they were hungry but, was that meat grass fed.

                                        3. re: cstr

                                          Evidence says otherwise. Our eating of animals goes back tens of thousands of years.

                                          1. re: Josh

                                            Long-term experience has shown that we human types will eat almost anything when the river dries up.

                                            1. re: Josh

                                              Yes it does, I'm referring to a time just a tad further back, like 'In the beginning'.

                                2. re: wanker

                                  I don't think in the case of Burger Lounge it is hype. The owner of the place clearly believes in what he was doing. He could have made easier money by going with some other catch (e.g. KraftBierBurgers).

                                  1. re: wanker

                                    It's not marketing hype if you consider the myriad ways that grass-fed cows are better than factory-farmed feedlot cows.

                                3. Gauchito Grill in San Marcos uses all grass fed beef for their Argentinian steaks and their burger.

                                  Cowboy Star for steak.