Natural Meats in the Deep Mish!
Timed perfectly with my acquisition of a free gas grill off of Craigslist, Alhambra Halal Meat Company opened up in late June 2008 on a nice little block of 24th Street near Folsom, a few doors down from the original Philz One-Cup-at-a-Time coffee shop.
Between old standbys like El Delfin & La Palma, and new-ish greats like the St. Francis, Sugarlump Coffee and Triple Base Gallery, 24th is looking good.
All of the beef, lamb, chicken, and goat at Alhambra are raised on vegetarian feed -- without hormones or antibiotics -- on Halal farms in California, Colorado, and Oregon. Similar to Jewish Kosher status, Muslim Halal means humane and sanitary slaughter, and no pork.
For such standards of quality, the prices are more than newsworthy: $5.99/lb. for lamb chops, $3.99/lb. for housemade Merguez sausage, $8.50/lb. for ribeye steaks, $3.99/lb. for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and so on. Bonkers!
Fabulous lamb chops, which then hit the grill an hour after purchase and turned out gorgeous.
Chops are cut to order, reducing exposed surface area during storage and resulting in fresher meat.
The housemade Merguez lamb sausage is made fresh daily; it's mildly spicy and really lovely.
Organic produce. Boo-ya.
The guys who run the place couldn't be nicer; they really add to the community spirit that has been building in the neighborhood since the cops chased out the crack dealers five years ago or so.
And they have an olive bar!
So far, all of the lamb chops, Merguez, and chicken I've grilled from Alhambra have rocked. Can't wait to go back!