Whether you're shopping for your relatives, an important client, or a barbeque buff, finding the right gift can be a challenge. The internet has brought us access to a number of great choices for gift giving. One practical and welcomed idea in today's economy is steak.
In the past, shopping at the supermarket to find quality steaks and preparing them as a gift would have been an unfeasible option. Providing the appropriate packaging and successfully keeping the steak cold is a significant challenge. Today, however, a number of companies provide high quality steaks and meal options as a great gift idea.
Steak companies range in the level of gift giving services available. Some offer steaks, combination meat options, desserts, recipe books, special seasonings and more - while others have much more limited options.
For those looking to send steak as a gift, finding the right steak company is important in your overall satisfaction. Significant factors to consider before buying include:
Gift Giving Options. Does the steak company cater towards the gift giver? Do the packaging and services create a wonderful gift? How many gift giving choices are you provided? Can you choose from steaks, combo packages, and gift certificates?
Cost. Compared to the competition, how does the price and quality of the steaks compare?
Satisfaction Guarantee. If something goes wrong with the delivery, will the company make every effort to satisfy their customer?
TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best steak companies available today. We hope this information helps you find the best steaks to meet your needs!
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Steaks, Combo meat and meal options, Desserts, Gift certificates
Located in the heart of the Midwest, known for some of the best steaks in the world, Omaha Steaks has provided grain-fed beef to thousands of happy customers since 1917. Flash frozen and individually vacuum-wrapped to maintain premium quality, Omaha Steaks consistently receives the highest comments and ratings from their customers.
Gift giving is easy with Omaha Steaks. They offer an ideal array of gift options including steaks, pork, seafood, poultry, desserts, and more. For the steak lover, you can choose from a variety of cuts including Filet Mignon, Strip steaks, Top Sirloins, Ribeyes, T-Bones, and Porterhouses, just to name a few. Once you choose your cut of steak, you can then select type and
size you want.
For example, if you want to order a set of Filet Mignon, you can choose from a Regular Filet, a Triple-trimmed Filet, a Bacon-wrapped Filet, or a Private Reserve Filet. Within each of these options you can choose the size of steak - 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 10oz, depending on the type of Filet you choose.
Options like these give you fantastic control over precisely what kind of steak you want to order, and are unmatched by the other steak companies we reviewed. All steaks are cut lean for the best results. Prices range based on the type of steak ordered, of course, but are generally very competitive with the competition.
Beyond steak, we were surprised at the variety of other fine meats offered by Omaha Steaks. Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Veal, Pork, and Lamb are all represented well. And to top it off, they even offer appetizers, sauces, glazes, and wine pairings for every entree.
When ordering as a gift, you can choose to have your selections delivered in an elegant burgundy gift box and paired with a distinctive personalized greeting card. This really does make a distinctive gift, sure to impress.
Omaha Steaks provide excellent customer service as well as an unconditional satisfaction guarantee. If you're not satisfied with your purchase for any reason at all, you can request either a replacement order or a full refund of your money. As far as customer guarantees go, this is as good as it gets, folks.
Omaha Steaks caters to the gift giver and provides an almost endless list of options to choose from. They seal the deal with top-quality meat, great gift giving ideas, excellent customer service and one of the best customer guarantees we've seen. For steak companies, Omaha Steaks leads the pack and has earned our highest rating.
Steaks, Combo meat and meal options, Desserts, Gift certificates
Chicago Steak Company is a provider of gourmet steaks, seafood and desserts. They offer corn-fed USDA beef from cattle raised in the Midwest. The Chicago Steak Company allows their meat to wet age for a minimum of 28 days to maximize tenderness and enhance the flavors. The selection of steaks and gift options are significant.
Finding a gift from the Chicago Steak Company is easy. You simply click on “Gift Selections” category to review a number of options. You may choose from several nice combination boxes with hamburgers, steaks, chicken, and more all packaged in nice gift boxes. You may also select a box of steaks, a steak of the month club, gourmet meat, seafood and desserts. Gift certificates are available from this site and all purchases
come with grilling tips and a suggested temperature chart for better results.
In selecting a steak, you may choose from three different qualities of meat including premium choice, black angus, and USDA prime five star reserve. While the selection of cuts and quality are abundant there was some limitation with buying your size of choice. For example, black angus filet mignon are only offered in the 10 oz size versus other sites that offer 4 oz, 6 oz and 8 oz sizes. Steak prices range based on the
quality of steak selected but were generally in the middle- to higher- range of the companies we reviewed.
In the event that you aren't satisfied with your purchase from Chicago Steak Company they will replace the purchase or refund your money - whichever you prefer. We found several accounts of happy customers that loved the taste of the meat and the entire shopping experience with this company.
Chicago Steak Company offers a wonderful shopping opportunity for those looking to purchase quality meat for friends and family on their holiday list. We appreciated the customer service at this company along with all of the gift options available. If you are looking to buy steaks you should definitely consider Chicago Steak Company for all your needs.
Steaks, Seafood, Combo packages, Gift certificates
Certified Steak and Seafood's slogan is "Restaurant Quality, Internet Prices". Indeed, we were impressed with the quality of their meats - every order includes a 3rd-party written certification - and the prices are among the best we've seen.
You have 3 types of steaks to choose from at Certified Steak and Seafood: USDA Prime, Certified Angus, and All Natural. Within these steak types are a variety of cuts you can choose from, including Filet, Ribeye, New York Strip, Porterhouse, and T-Bone. Once you've chosen the cut of steak you want, you get to select the size and quantity per box. The website is very slick and easy to use, and ordering is a snap.
In addition to the usual steaks, Certified Steak and Seafood also offers a variety of quality seafood. You can choose from Lobster Tail, Chilean Sea Bass, Norwegian Salmon, Swordfish, and more. If you want to order a mix of surf and turf, Certified provides a convenient Steak and Seafood Combo section. Just as with the steaks, all seafood orders come from certified sources and include a third-party certification.
The prices offered by Certified Steak and Seafood are very competitive. They source directly with no moddleman, which shortens their supply chain and lets them pass the savings on to you. They offer a 100% guarantee, which is reassuring yet somewhat vague - they do not commit to replacement shipments or full money refunds. The satisfaction guarantee is handled on an individual basis.
In the end, Certified Steak and Seafood delivers a good quality product at very competitive prices. They are a good place to shop for quality steaks.
Steaks, Minimal Specialty Gift Options, Gift Cards
Since 1865, the Hearst family has raised cattle in Central California. The cattle are grass feed and hormone free. The quality of beef is evident in the flavor of the end product.
Gift giving is a little more challenging at Hearst Ranch Steak. Available are gift certificates and orders of 3 or 4 steaks or even 1/2 a cow if so desired. Messages may be attached to the gift orders.
Prices are generally higher than the other companies we reviewed. Also, steak cuts are less abundant with no offerings of the popular T-bone or porterhouse.
The satisfaction guarantee says that if you are not satisfied you may call to discuss within 30 days of the order for a refund or replacement. Refunds take approximately 3 weeks to process.
Hearst Ranch Steak provides quality steaks at a premium. With less gift giving flexibility and higher prices you may decide to shop a site ranked above Hearst Ranch Steak.
Wilson & Wilson operates out of Omaha Nebraska and provides premium steaks. Gift giving is available but the prices are higher and the selection is less abundant. Wilson & Wilson sells only Certified Angus Beef and that's evident in the price.
Gift giving options include gift certificates, a few combination boxes and the ability to mix and match to make your own. With each order a message is sent to the recipient letting them know a gift of fine beef has been personally selected by you and will arrive soon.
Prices range on the higher side when compared with the competition. Unfortunately, Wilson & Wilson provides no return policy. If you are not satisfied with your order you are out of luck. The company appears to be committed to provided quality beef but if something happens in the shipping then you are out of luck.
As a result of the fewer choices in gifts and steaks, the higher prices, and the poor guarantee we recommend you select a higher ranked company for your steak needs.
La Cense Beef was the first grass fed program to be audited and approved under the new USDA Grass fed Standard. While the beef comes with an impressive tag it's not necessarily going to meet your gifting needs.
La Cense Beef provides only a simple gift certificate. If you want a nice box of steaks to show up at your relatives house this holiday this is not the place for you.
We found the website to be less professional and not always functioning well. Many of the products offered have an "out of stock" label next to them which limits their selection even further.
You will spend more on shipping at La Cense Beef as well as steaks, but they do provide a decent return policy. If your order does not meet the standards outlined on the website you may call for a refund or a replacement.
Outside of a decent return policy we couldn't find any good reason to recommend you shop at La Cense Beef. With limited gift giving options, expensive steaks and shipping - you can get more for your money elsewhere.
Choice Filets appears to have just opened their internet doors. This is apparent in the website functionality, missing content and a lot of items unavailable or out of stock.
Gift giving at Choice Filets includes steak or a gourmet steak assortment that start at over $200. Steak prices range at around the middle of the road. Steak cuts are limited with no T-bone or porterhouse options available at this website.
In the event that you are not satisfied with your order you must notify Choice Filets by the next business day of receipt. However, Choice Filets guarantees only that the meat will arrive as specified so stipulations exist. Additional limitations at this site include only one overnight company for shipping and a steep price at nearly $20.00 to deliver only two steaks.
With a poorly functioning website, limited selection and gift giving options, stocking issues and a less than exciting return policy Choice Filets ranks lowest on the list.
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Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker. Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:37:58 -0700
Why Tom Harkin's steak fry matters to Democrats Washington (CNN) -- When Tom Harkin supporters Joan and Gary Kiernan decided to throw the congressional candidate a fundraiser in 1972, they charged $2 for the ticket, picked up the costs for the steak, salad and baked potatoes and gave the funds raised to Harkin's campaign. Publ.Date : Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:32:07 -0700
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Steak and Brew Tender steak is all in the slice. ?The way it?s so tender is the way we cut it. It?s a secret,? said Jeff Fiala, one of the carvers at the Jackson Knights of Columbus annual Steak and Brew fundraiser Saturday evening at Good Shepherd Catholic Church Hall. Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:39:46 -0700