If you’ve been to one of America’s premier steakhouse chains like Ruth’s Chris, Mortons, Smith & Wollensky, or an upmarket independent operator in your local market, like me, it’s likely you have paid $30 – $50 for a premium beef filet, usually around 6 ounces. Add a couple sides and drinks and you’re easily at the hundred dollar market for dinner.
Frequently you’ll see ‘filets’ on sale at grocery stores, personally sized portions, usually about four ounces, for anywhere between $4.99 – $9.99.
Imagine my surprise when I found a bunch from “Great American Steak Company” for $1.99 each.
Great American is a retail brand of the American Foods Group, part of the Rosen’s Group, a diversified operator founded in 1946 in Fairmont, Minnesota, about 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis.
Among their other brands are the Sheboygan Sausage Company and Big City Reds Hot Dogs. According to the USDA plant number on the packaging, this beef was processed at another Rosen subsidiary, Skylark Packing in Omaha.
At the price, I was ‘afraid’ the product would be not real muscle meat, but instead a rolled or ‘pressed chopped and formed’ piece of beef. I was wrong.
The steak was a moist, flavorful single cut of beef, wrapped in bacon. Wish I had bought a hundred.
Great American Steak Company Reviews