Meat, the handsomest of the nine food groups, gets its good looks from spice rubs, tenderizers, and long soaks in anti-aging marinades. Ogle seductive slabs with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of meat, seafood, deli meat, and more at El Toro Gourmet Meats in Lake Forest.
El Toro Gourmet Meats custom cuts naturally raised beef, and stocks up on gluten-free varieties, Boar's Head deli meats and cheeses, fresh seafood, and more. El Toro's beef comes from hormone-free, 100% vegetarian cows and includes rib eyes ($18.99), fillets ($27.99), and lean ground beef ($3.99/lb. or $3.49 for 3 lbs. or more), as well as assorted fresh seafood, delivered daily, including naturally raised Scottish salmon. A lengthy selection of pork, chicken, lamb, and marinated meats satisfies the shrink-zapped Vikings living in most stomachs. Boar's Head meats and cheeses in the deli, including pancetta ($11.99) and sharp cheddar ($8.99), can be mounded on sandwiches made to nourish an army of mandibles.
Prices are per pound, unless otherwise indicated on El Toro Meat's site.
- When you step in here, you see a glorious meat and seafood counter that extends the length of the store and I'll tell you right now, you can't help but stand there, jaw dropped in awe. – Jimmy N., Yelp, 12/12/09
- It's great for special occasions the meat is better than what you can get in a restaurant. – Brenda C., Insider Pages