Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Dinner Diary: 7/04/10 -- Fourth of July Tri-Tip

  • Soy-Marinated, Grilled Prime Tri-Tip
  • Grilled Zucchini & Tiny Baby Red Onions
  • Peewee Potatoes
  • Salsa Verde on the Side

Our dear friends, Rita and Joseph, turned us on to Alexander's Prime Meats in San Gabriel after Dim Sum on Saturday. Alexander's has been an institution in San Gabriel for over forty years. You'll find them in the back of Howie's Market on San Gabriel Blvd.

How did I miss them? The L.A. Weekly voted them best butcher in 2003 -- very clear why.

Their beef is gorgeous, dry-aged prime.

Just look at the marbling on that tri-tip!

Well worth the drive and Fe's cries of protest.

The ultra-high-quality meat combined with a simple marinade -- 1/4 cup soy, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons water, 4 cloves chopped garlic -- set the stage for a fabulous piece of meat.

A. sealed the deal.

Turns out that he is a grill-master!

That tri-tip could not have been cooked more perfectly -- exceptional char and cooked à point (right in between medium-rare and rare).

I was swooning.

Overall a lovely, albeit low-key, Fourth.

The cops weren't even pissed when they drove by our house and saw A. standing there with a sparkler flashing in his hand.

They just laughed and drove on.

Alexander's Prime Meats & Catering
6580 N. San Gabriel Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91775

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