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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #154 on: April 29, 2018, 01:09:28 PM »
I'm thinking @Drew4UTk needs to open up a seafood store on the CFB51 front page.
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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #155 on: April 29, 2018, 01:21:58 PM »
Somehow I don't think that's the idea The National Pork Producers Council is pushing for in Ad campaigns
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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #156 on: April 29, 2018, 03:03:14 PM »
I had a delicious ribeye today, so kudos to whichever one of you suggested it.
Got one planned for tomorrow.
As for beef ribs, yeah I wouldn't want to buy those at $20/lb at a restaurant. Not when I can get good ones at Costco for ~$8/lb.

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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #157 on: April 29, 2018, 08:29:05 PM »
Got one planned for tomorrow.
As for beef ribs, yeah I wouldn't want to buy those at $20/lb at a restaurant. Not when I can get good ones at Costco for ~$8/lb.
Well I mean, I can buy excellent prime steak for $16/lb, and the same steak at a high-end steak house will cost me $50.  Beef rib isn't any different, you're not paying for the raw meat, you're paying for the preparation, and perhaps the atmosphere. 
Honestly, I'm a lot more likely to pay the relatively modest markup for beef rib, compared to the exorbitant markup for prime steak.  BBQ beef ribs take 6-9 hours to produce, just for the cook, while the equivalent high-end steak takes about 8-10 minutes to cook to my preferred temperature.
I get what you're saying, because as I said earlier the skyrocketing beef prices are what finally forced me to perfect BBQ beef ribs on my own, but comparing the time/value of BBQ beef rib vs, prime steak, the rib is a bargain.

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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #158 on: April 29, 2018, 08:49:27 PM »
Prime steaks cost much more than that here, but then again most of the prime beef we get here is generally from Nebraska and Western Iowa. Much better than anywhere else in the world.

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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #159 on: April 29, 2018, 08:59:33 PM »
Wow, you're overpaying badly. I feel sorry for you. :(


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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #160 on: April 29, 2018, 09:38:01 PM »
I miss fresh seafood.  

The last time I was back in Jacksonville, I had some time to kill and visited where we used to get ours, fresh off the boat.  The little shack had been replaced with a huge fresh seafood joint.  Someone that worked there had at least heard of the little place that used to be there, so that was nice.

I'm sure the new (could be 15 years old for all I know) place is great and fresh and all, but it was giant and corporate.  There was something nice about being able to see out the back door of the shack and see the guys carrying in their catch from the boat.  Ah well.  

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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #161 on: April 29, 2018, 11:18:19 PM »
I don't dine out often because it's expensive

when I do, I don't mind paying a premium for a great dry aged steak or a smoked beef long rib

I won't pay high prices out for pasta, chicken, or pork

well, I'll over pay for good hot wings
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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #162 on: April 30, 2018, 07:19:21 AM »
Margins for most proteins are really not that great at restaurants. They make their money on pastas (and stuff), but mostly on bottles of wine and cocktails, because there is no prep, no other ingredients, no labor.

There's a place by us that has their "house" wine at $35/bottle. I can get it for $8 at the store 2 blocks away, if I buy a case, which I generally do. The restaurant probably gets it for $5 or less.

It's a very nice red blend for the price. Rosso by Ca'Momi, out of Cali.

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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #163 on: April 30, 2018, 10:04:51 AM »
I'm not a fan of corkage fees either
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« Reply #164 on: April 30, 2018, 03:08:03 PM »
Well I mean, I can buy excellent prime steak for $16/lb, and the same steak at a high-end steak house will cost me $50.  Beef rib isn't any different, you're not paying for the raw meat, you're paying for the preparation, and perhaps the atmosphere.
Honestly, I'm a lot more likely to pay the relatively modest markup for beef rib, compared to the exorbitant markup for prime steak.  BBQ beef ribs take 6-9 hours to produce, just for the cook, while the equivalent high-end steak takes about 8-10 minutes to cook to my preferred temperature.
I get what you're saying, because as I said earlier the skyrocketing beef prices are what finally forced me to perfect BBQ beef ribs on my own, but comparing the time/value of BBQ beef rib vs, prime steak, the rib is a bargain.

Well, here in Southern California, finding ANYPLACE with good BBQ is tough. I'm not sure I know of any restaurants that not only make acceptable BBQ, but actually make BBQ beef short ribs too. Certainly not any better than I can make myself. About the only BBQ dish I'll eat around here is pulled pork. I don't even trust baby back ribs at local joints compared to my backyard.
I rarely eat out at high-end steakhouses, either, but I know that when I do, I'm going to get a stellar product. I can grill a good steak, but I'm not as good as the cooks at Mastro's--or occasionally as good but not as consistently so--and I don't think I can get the same quality beef. Even my awesome local high-end butcher (ribeye $21.99/lb and never disappoints) doesn't have dry-aged meat that's on par with the best steakhouses.

Still, I trust my backyard to produce better steak than all but the high-end steakhouses. I ate at an Outback about 2 years ago (first time in a LONG time) and I won't go back for steak. If I'd served that to a guest at my house, I might as well slit my wrists, because I'd have shamed my family name.

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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #165 on: April 30, 2018, 03:15:07 PM »
Margins for most proteins are really not that great at restaurants. They make their money on pastas (and stuff), but mostly on bottles of wine and cocktails, because there is no prep, no other ingredients, no labor.

There's a place by us that has their "house" wine at $35/bottle. I can get it for $8 at the store 2 blocks away, if I buy a case, which I generally do. The restaurant probably gets it for $5 or less.

It's a very nice red blend for the price. Rosso by Ca'Momi, out of Cali.


You'd be surprised what the restaurants pay. I know a guy who bought a restaurant here in California, and he was paying equal or more for beer/wine/liquor compared to what I could get at BevMo / Total Wine / Costco. 

Basically they're barred from buying from anyone other than a distributor (you can't buy at Costco and then resell it) and the distributors aren't really competing against each other on price -- largely because at least for beer, they have no competition for a specific label. Each brewery only distributes through one distributor.

I'm not a fan of corkage fees either

Agreed. There's a local wine bar here that my wife and I love [we got engaged there and then said our vows in the US there]. One thing that always bothered me was that they were also a retail wine shop, and if you bought a bottle, you had to pay a corkage fee if you wanted to drink it there. She and I just became members of their wine club, though, and one of the perks of membership is that all the corkage fees are waived.

I sometimes understand a restaurant charging you a corkage fee if you bring your own wine, but if you bought the wine in their retail shop it always seemed weird to have a corkage fee.

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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #166 on: April 30, 2018, 03:15:35 PM »
The worst pulled pork I've ever had was in Utah. 

It was slightly better than a Manwich. 

The only available side was green jello with raisins, shredded carrots and cottage cheese suspended inside of it. 
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Re: OT- Weird Eating Habits
« Reply #167 on: April 30, 2018, 04:22:27 PM »
You're a brave man. I wouldn't ever even contemplate ordering pulled pork in Utah. ;)

 

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