Chilebrown at home

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Today we are going on a mini meat adventure. We are traveling a whopping 15 miles to Berkeley California. The restaurant 'Cafe Rouge' has a meat counter that we are going to visit. We are on a mission to find some Piedmontese beef. Cafe Rouge is located in the trendy 'Fourth Street' shopping district. There is a store for your every desire and need. I like to think that you can buy everything that you never needed here. There is a Peet's coffee to fuel your shopping frenzy.

In the back of Cafe Rouge are a couple of small meat displays. One refrigerator has some prime cuts of meat ageing. There is an impressive list of house made charcuterie. There is Heritage pork, sustainably raised beef, free range chickens and a whole gaggle of house made sausages. This meat market will also sell you sausage making material. You can purchase, Casings (hog, sheep and beef), caul fat,lard and pigs blood. This may come in handy for future sausage creation. One thing you notice when you are browsing the meat counter is the smell. You are in the back of a restaurant and it smells heavenly. The smell makes you want to grab a menu and have some nourishment.

There were a lot of tempting meat items to buy here. They cure their own bacon. This will have to wait for another visit. Today we were on a mission to buy some Piedmontese beef for some Chili Colorado. Cafe Rouge has a lot of premium meat selections. You will also pay a hefty fee for the privilege of sampling these wares. We are looking forward to returning.

Cafe Rouge
1782 Fourth St.
Berkeley, Ca. 94710


Greg said...

Your definition of the shopping area is spot on. Everything you never needed.When I go I always feel guilty spending so much money, but it is worth it for the pleasure factor.

Chilebrown said...

I have to confess. I have a guilty pleasure of going to Bettes Oceanview diner and ordering a house coffee and a chocolat chip cookie. The world seems better after my consumption.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tour, love that little piggy on the sign.

Chilebrown said...

higlandsranchfoodie, Is it still snowing? Man, you were hammered with snow. I just planted some cauliflower. It is supposed to rain next week.

cookiecrumb said...

So, you got the beef? Did you catch Yuppie Cooties?
Hee. I love that place. I love to hate it. And love it. Ding, ding, ding.

Chilebrown said...

Cookiecrumb, You know what I like about you? Everything!

Chris said...

That aged beef looks excellent. When I first read the title, I was thinking you were buying meat out of the back of a van somewhere =))