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You may already be familiar with Harry & David as prime source of gifts for all occasions. Especially around the holidays, you might have had some of their famous Moose Munch or received a shipment of seasonal fruit. But, did you know that their partnership with Stock Yards allows you to order top-quality beef, aged for 21-30 days, for yourself or for your gift-giving needs?
Harry & David's is part of a larger brand family that gives customers access to a wide range of products, from flowers to chocolate and much more. That also lets you take advantage of an exceptional guarantee across all of their partner companies: love what you receive, or get a replacement or refund, no questions asked.
So, what mouth-watering goodness can you find with Harry & David? Look under the Stock Yards Steaks tab and you'll see a total of 30 items ranging from New York Strip Steak to Chateaubriand Tenderloin Roast and much more. Is surf and turf more your style? They've got that too. You'll also find options for extras: look for the button that says "Add Something Special" to add in wine, savory finishing butters, seasonings, and other items that can enhance your Steak or Seafood choice.
Unlike most of the Steak retailers in our review, Harry & David takes gift-giving to a new level by offering monthly subscription clubs: Stock Yards Club and Steakhouse Club. Yes, you read that right: a club for MEAT! Now, as you might expect, these clubs don't come cheap. Both offer the option to have monthly deliveries for 3, 6, or 12 months, and you can choose the month that your membership begins - either the current month or one of the following two months.
The Steakhouse option ranges from $349.99 (three-month) to $1,299.99 (12-month) and features USDA Prime and USDA Choice cuts of "steakhouse-quality steaks, chops, and more". Previous selections include four 10-ounce filet mignon, rack of lamb, and spiral sliced ham. If you'd prefer to spend a little less, the Stock Yards Club retails for $199.99 to $749.99 and includes many of the meat selections from the premium club, along with some lower-cost options like steak burgers and pork roast. Club prices do not include shipping fees of $9.99 per delivery.
While there is a Celebrations Passport program that allows shoppers to get free shipping and other perks for a year, all for a fee of $29.99, be aware that the shipping discount would only apply to your a la carte order, not to either of the Steak clubs. But, if you're planning on ordering several gifts over the course of 12 months - flowers for Mother's Day, chocolates for Valentine's Day, popcorn for Christmas, and so on - you should decide if the Passport membership might be worth the investment.
Overall, Harry & David is a solid choice for Steak, and their two membership clubs give them an advantage over some of their competitors.
S&G, a division of Gourmet Food World, bills itself as "the ultimate destination for steak and meat lovers." Its offerings include standard grass-fed beef cuts - NY Strip, Tenderloin, Porterhouse, and so forth - along with the trendy-and-pricey Wagyu beef. Not limited to beef, however, S&G also has a wide selection of other meats: bison/buffalo, pork, venison, elk, poultry, and even exotic meats such as alligator and antelope.
With respect to pricing, S&G definitely falls on the higher end; some of its most expensive meats cost more than $2,000. They do offer a Grill Club; membership includes a 10% discount on the first order, members-only offers, and an e-mail newsletter. Shipping is advertised as a flat-rate of $8.00 for orders over $50, but as many items need to be sent overnight, the cost to ship is likely to be an expensive $25.
Unfortunately, this merchant does not accept returns of perishable items, and any returns of non-perishable items must be authorized by phone and may be subject to a restocking fee of 20% or $5. They do however, offer gift certificates available in any amount, and can be delivered by regular mail or e-mail, for those in a hurry.
S&G's website seems to be incomplete; many items are missing photos, the links to buyers guides (for example, "The Difference between Wagyu and Kobe Beef") don't go anywhere, and the spelling mistakes give the impression of S&G not being as premium as their products and prices would indicate. At the time of our analysis, none of the products listed on the site have reviews, contributing to the impression that this is not yet a well-established business. We look forward to S&G cleaning up their website for future shoppers.
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