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    Okay, because I didn't want to clutter up another thread with discussions of MEAT, I have to 1) admit my addiction to fine meats. I now live in Texas, used to live in Chicago, used to be a butcher, and crave very finely cooked (and sometimes raw) meat.

    We earlier discussed Striphouse chain of fine (but pricey) steakhouses.

    Also Fogo de Chao was mentioned, which I have not been to (yet) but am planning on it, I hear the Brazilian Steakhouse is quite good, and I'm in the mood to experiment.

    Other than just steak, I have a severe crush on bacon. I'm not one of those guys who thinks bacon must be put on everything (I tried Bakon, and was not impressed. Maybe it's the one Vodka you shouldn't keep in the freezer), but I do think some dishes can be improved by bacon. Sometimes it can be the entire meal (if you try the Ribeye-grilled bacon from Striphouse, you can't beat it).

    What other awesome meat experiences do you guys have? Steakhouses or other fine purveyors of meat that you could not resist sharing with other loved ones.

    I hear the Heart Attack Grill is a bit over the top, but are the burgers actually any good? BTW, I am a fan of non-beef, I make a monthly trip to get my sushi, and eat vegetarian food as well, but this thread's for meat, man, can you dig it?
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      CommentAuthorLBA
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2010
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    Fogo de Chao is excellent, as I posted on the other thread, and there are other churrascaria's as well in Houston but I can't vouch for their quality.
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    I am incredibly fond of Black Forest Ham and Italian Coppa.

    Leicestershire and Cumberland sausages are also nigh-on impossible to beat in terms of sheer sausagey deliciousness.

    I also love a well-peppered steak with stilton melted over the top of it.
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    there is a high quality meat shop (Schreiners) thats been run by the same family for years in my neighborhood....they supply the local eateries The Main Ingredient and The Parlor with some great stuff. TMI has a one pound, no filler grilled hot dog that is probably my favorite dog EVAR.the house made mustard (brown mustard made with nut brown ale) makes it a top local food in my book. the Parlor is a high(er) end pizza place- everything there is delicious and sourced. the sausage blend they get from Schreiners is paper thin, mixed with sage and radicchio and thrown in a wood oven. oh christ.

    also i live almost in the exact center of two renowned BBQ shops, Honey Bear and Stacy's Smokehouse. still havent eaten at Stacys, but hot damn HB makes an amazing pulled pork sandwich.

    favorite meat of all is a grilled pork chop, done absolutely perfect with that wonderful, slightly burned pepercorn crusting. thanks now im starving...
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2010
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    i loooooooooooooove meat. I´m sorry. No wait i´m not sorry. It fucking tastes great!

    Here in Iceland, there is only one meat that you can eat with certainty of it´s quality. LAMB! Everything that is meat based, is lamb based. Of course this means that they don´t have a real affinity for other meats, such as Pork, so the stuff you buy in supermarkets is not that great.

    This means I miss having a whole wild boar on a spit.

    Also, Iceland doesn't understand the concept of the sausage. They keep saying "oh we have the Hot Dog" but that is not a REAL sausage! So no cumberlands for me up here. I have to wait to the UK to get hold of them.

    But they do have a lovely steakhouse (The Argentina Steakhús), that shows it's quality by being able to do a steak in blue (one step up from Rare), which is how i eat my steak.....
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2010
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    Bodeans in soho does baked beans tht arent suitable for vegies.
    Personally i found argentina the meat lovers paradise. All meat all the time
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    I was raised vegetarian, and stuck to it religiously til around my 18th birthday, when at a hotel (oh dear, hotels really do make you do very debauched things) I couldn't help but devour all meat in sight. Oh what I would give for that first taste of bacon, sausage or black pudding again!

    Living in the north of England, you don't really get many high-end meat suppliers (at least not anywhere I've lived since going omnivorous). If anyone has any hints...

    Also

    @icelandbob

    Too true, nothing beats a British Banger. Proper sausage.
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2010
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    @Scrymgeour yeah, here we have all meat all the time. People eat something called bife de chorizo, it's one of the few meat things i like.
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    The best piece of meat I've ever eaten was an Aberdeen Angus steak cooked in an Austrian steakhouse in Berlin.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2010
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    The finest meal I ever had was at Grill 23 in Boston. It was a Prime Rib the size of my chest. I et the whole thing. I wanted to climb a tree like a leopard, curl up, and take a nap.
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    I try to eat a quality rare steak at least once a month.

    I seem to be borderline anemic and have low blood pressure, and I'd once had a doctor tell me that I should "eat more red meat and salt". I liked that doctor.

    A friend of mine has one of the biggest Whole Foods (organic shopping market) in the country, and I've started to ask the butcher advice and get the nicest looking non-hormone non-antibiotic grass fed cow parts I can. Cooking at home is less that 5 mintues in total, and we gnaw joyfully on the blue/rare flesh. Seems silly to pay someone to cook a steak for you when you want it mostly raw.

    I also have a weakness for prosciuitto Di Parma. Mmmmmmmm....

    My mother was a vegitarian since her teens. So, when I was a small child, my grandmother, fearing I wasn't getting enough nutrients, used to collect all the juice from the draining board when she'd cook a roast, put it in a double shot glass, and give it to me to drink. heavenly.

    In college, joyous at the meat I suddenly had access to on a regular basis through the cafeteria, I looked forward to the weekly appearance of "Meat Day", when the main dish was some sort of beef-on-bone. My roommate couldn't sit across the table form me on those days, because of the crazed ferocity with which I devoured the meat with my bare hands.

    There's something wonderful about eating meat with your hands.

    Coming home drunk when I lived in Williamsburg, there was a mexican 24 hour roast chicken place right outside my subway stop, and for $3, I'd get a half a chicken and just tear into it on my walk, flinging bones as I went. By the time I arrived at home 4 blocks later, the thing would be devoured, and I'd be greasy-faced and happy.

    God.... I love meat.

    I love meat!!

    and I always have.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2010 edited
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    The Hog's Breath Cafe does the best T-bones in Sydney, and then you can step outside and you're on the Bondi Beach Boulevarde holding a frosty beer and soaking in the sun and the sea spray.

    The very best steaks in Australia are at Henry's Roadhouse at Emmdale, a tiny one-horse stop on the road to Uluru from Alice Springs where the proprietor runs a huge wood-burning barbecue that he feeds with old railway sleepers from the now-defunct Ghan line. The steaks at Henry's achieve that perfect balance of slightly-charred-glistening-golden-smoking-crispy exterior and rich-just-pink-enough-sweet-salty interior that's almost tender enough to break apart with your fork.
    • CommentAuthorKelind
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2010
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    If you're anywhere near Austin, TX, Saltlick BBQ is a pretty incredible meat feast.

    Mann's BBQ on Research Blvd is excellent as well, but not all you can eat. Smallish family run BBQ with fairly odd hours.
    • CommentAuthorJiveKitty
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2010 edited
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    Something I came across for the first time this year was osso bucco (in a main course of Canterbury Venison Loin with Osso Bucco, Mascarpone Mash, Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage). Fuck, it was nice. I love me some venison loin, but the osso bucco was a revelation. Amazing. I'd love to recreate that meal. If any of you make it to Wellington, NZ, I wholly recommend Logan Brown.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2010
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    I'm mainly a chicken man myself, my old flatmate used to refer to me as the Colonel in regard to my genocidal approach to the chicken race, but I am also highly partial to Beef and Lamb.

    Eating pig just don't sit right with me (but in deference to my GF, I do manage bacon, sausages & stuff like that).
    Game is often a treat for special occasions, but I can usually justify the odd venison burger here or there. I used to have access to a supply of fresh game birds from a huntsman - a brace of partridges or pheasants are great eating..

    We have a couple of decent Steakhouses in Nottingham, but for me the best MEAT is a chunk of cow or lamb slow roasted to perfection and served with some simple veg - I am just a fan of peasant food really so anything too fancy shmancy just does me 'ead in.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2010
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    @rachæl

    Wow the look on your face in that picture! no wonder she´s holding onto you so hard....

    Another thing i miss from the UK, is proper slow cooked, crispy belly pork. Again they sell it here, but no one seems to like it very much.

    Oh yeah and Bone marrow. And Pigs trotters........

    @sneak046

    when you cook your lamb roast, Here´s a tip. Everyone always says to make slits in the flesh so you can place garlic/herbs/whatever into the flesh. But i also recommend... anchovies! Trust me on this. When it cooks, the anchovies literally melt into the flesh, seasoning the meat from side. I´ve been doing it for years now and it got a thumbs up from my mother in Law, who at one moment almost pushed me away from it as she thought i was going to ruin the taste of the orast....
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    My buddy slow cooks a large pork tenderloin in the oven on a rack, and one of the things he does is he slits open the pork tenderloin and unrolls it kinda, and stuffs it with stuff, like spinach, mozzarella, and even grapes. Very nice.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2010
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    @icelandbob

    Respectfully, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaarrrrrgghhhhhhhhhhh.

    I'm really not a big fan of oily fish...my preferred lamb seasoning is always cumin and lemon/lime, although when I'm rocking old-school I demand garlic, rosemary and red wine sauce.
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      CommentAuthorLBA
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2010
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    @Rachæl Tyrell so much awesomeness in your post I don't know where to start

    when I was a small child, my grandmother, fearing I wasn't getting enough nutrients, used to collect all the juice from the draining board when she'd cook a roast, put it in a double shot glass, and give it to me to drink. heavenly.
    that sounds wonderful

    My roommate couldn't sit across the table form me on those days, because of the crazed ferocity with which I devoured the meat with my bare hands.
    hells yes!

    Coming home drunk when I lived in Williamsburg, there was a mexican 24 hour roast chicken place right outside my subway stop, and for $3, I'd get a half a chicken and just tear into it on my walk, flinging bones as I went. By the time I arrived at home 4 blocks later, the thing would be devoured, and I'd be greasy-faced and happy.

    God.... I love meat.


    win, win, win, moar win....

    and the picture of sheer joy on your face as it looks like you're about to tear into that turkey bare handed is rather fiendish.


    Now I like a good vegetarian meal as well as the next person, but you just don't quite get the complete joy and thrill of tearing through a nicely made salad as you do tearing meat off of a bone and devouring it. It's something primal and good!!
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2010
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    @LBA: Nothing at all wrong with a plantmeal. I am very fond of Morningstar's burgs, and my Mediterranean Wraps (hummus, tabbouli, Kalamatas, feta, balsamic vinegar, and spinach on a spinach tortilla) are things of legend.

    All things being equal, however, there is nothing like a good piece of flesh, simply prepared, and enjoyed with people.