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  • gdr_11

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    Did a quck search but didn’t find any recent threads. Wanted to ask about supermarket steaks, specifically filets and t-bones. I have been underwhelmed by Brookshires (including Fresh), Kroger and Sprouts. I shop at the Marketstreet in Mansfield when I visit my son and their meat counter looks pretty good but it’s a two hour drive home so I only buy bakery and dry goods there. Don’t have a H-E-B close by and the local butcher shops and ranch beef suppliers are pretty expensive.

    Looking for recommendations within an hour drive of Tyler. Heard the Blue Store in Noonday is good but haven’t been there yet.
     

    toddnjoyce

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    Good luck. Good beef is expensive, I should know because I buy a lot of it.

    A couple of thoughts; the USDA grade of beef makes a lot of difference…Prime is top of the pyramid, then choice, with select on the bottom. Compare prime to prime pricing. I opt to support my butcher as often as possible, but HEB occasionally puts prime on sale for $10/lb cheaper than anybody else. That savings may get eaten up if you’ve got to drive a ways, though. If you’re already there though…get a styrofoam cooler and some dry ice to keep the steaks cool in the way home.

    We generally buy one thicker ribeye or strip instead of two smaller steaks since we both eat them rare. That helps make the step up to prime a little bit cheaper overall.
     

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    I sell beef from my own heard but until the animal is hanging we don't know how good each one will be. Point being, even if you buy direct from a rancher you may end up with a lot of select grade meat.

    Some places use ultrasound on live animals to try and grade the meat before slaughter but that's a niche thing.
     

    Axxe55

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    If possible, look for smaller family owned grocery stores with a meat market or a dedicated meat market that will cut steaks to order for you. It's not the cheapest route to go for steaks, but it's probably the best way.

    Personally, I'd steer clear of most supermarkets for quality steaks.
     

    SrsTwist

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    Central Market has good grass fed beef. It's expensive, but they have regular sales. Trader Joe's has some decent packaged small steaks for a good price. Randall's has really low prices, but if you dig through what they have you can usually find some gems.
     

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    This is where I order my REALLY good stuff, American Wagyu, it arrives vacuum packed / sealed / frozen with dry ice in a styrofoam cooler. AMAZING steaks! I still have some steaks left from my last order (1 lb NY Strips at $40-50 / lb or thereabouts - not sure what they are now).


    For "everyday" steaks it's really hard to beat Central Market. Pricey but very tasty!
     
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