Having grown up in beef country, my ears perked when Michigan Media Maven Travis Wright used the words Best`Beef`` preceding a conglomerate of other words like Kabob`, `Feast`, `Lebanese and Dearborn (?!). I rank Calgary`s culinary beef creativity with Buenos Aires and Tokyo and I would not ordinarily have been very interested, but the day before I had a GREAT dinner in Farmington Hills and now had a truly whetted appetite. True, Dearborn sets the continent's mid-east food standards ... but beef is a global affair.
Welcome to a butcher shop.
This is a butcher shop with enthusiastic experts with their electric saws, cutters and sharpened knives behind the glass.
After an introduction where Mr. Wright explained I come from Calgary, the yet unnamed owner walked us through the back of the shop and into the utility room where he opened one of two walk-in refrigerators and showed us his cuts and aging ... we walked back to the shop then ordered what we wanted and was told it will be prepared immediately.
We walked from the shop back into the utility room and then out the back of that area into a small six table room with a classic middle eastern coal-fired bar-b-que radiating intensely.
At this point I have to explain that I am rarely interested in writing notes about mediocrity or disappointments, but I feel like I will not be taken seriously if it sounds like I am excited all the time ... but I have no choice than to leave myself vulnerable if I am going to be honest:
I can only remember two times ever feeling as much pleasure eating a piece of rare beef as I had there ... at 66 I felt like a teenager who was going to enjoy the next few hours in a long sought after delightful experience.
Kabobs, minced and formed Kafta, amazing Beef Makanek sausage ALL juicy and delicious, leaving me no room for the Chicken, beef liver, beef heart and more, some of which Travis and my wife enjoyed. When I realized my teenage-like experience was going to be cut short (as though my parents broke up the party too early) I had them grill me more to take with me.
I enjoyed my Beef Kababs cold ... for two more days.
I cannot offer a better example to illustrate my pleasure, but I did take some pictures.