Unlike mail order services that grew from retail butcher shops that import primal cuts from across the country, Crystal River Meats raises the cattle on about 5,000 acres of land in the San Luis valley in the southern part of Colorado. The cattle are mostly British breeds like Angus and Hereford mixes, and the steaks ship frozen packed with dry ice. Its offering is limited — no filet mignon — and expect to pay $19 for a 10-ounce strip steak. [crystalrivermeats.com]
What else you can get: A few fast-cooking steaks, like pre-sliced cuts from the round for cheesesteak sandwiches.