A few blocks north of Colorado Blvd on Raymond Avenue is a wonderful gem of a restaurant that is aptly named Meat District Co. The restaurant opened in late August. I remember reading about the grand opening online & thinking that the concept sounded very interesting. A couple of weeks ago, I attended a luncheon with a handful of bloggers.
Before I sat down to order, I peeked inside their meat locker. I learned that Meat District Co. sources organic, grass-fed meat from Niman Ranch. Not only that, but all of their meat is dry aged at a minimum of 21 days. The machine you see in the lower right-hand corner can crank out 1200 patties in an hour. That’s right, their grass-fed meat is ground in-house to make their hamburgers. Pretty cool!
We kicked off our luncheon with a variety of appetizers. My favorites were the grilled seasonal melon with goat cheese & also the tuna tataki. Both were very flavorful & light.
My fellow diner ordered the Meat Hook entrée. This consisted of chunks of New York, rib eye & petite fillet with a creamy pepper sauce. Check out the presentation!
Now I know why they call this dish the Meat Hook! The idea is that you slide the meat down the skewer & onto the salad dish. Note: You can order fries instead of a side salad. Personally I would prefer some veggies with my meat.
I opted for the Chicken Hook, which consisted of 10 ounces of free-range chicken, peppers, onion & corn. The chicken is prepared with a peri peri sauce that makes it SO tasty!
For my vegetarian friends, Meat District Co. has a veggie burger that is made with oats, root vegetables, almonds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds. It also has mushrooms in it, which you can see below, under the burger bun.
Having sampled a bite of it, I can tell that this veggie burger is a hearty meal. One thing to note is that the veggie patty is cooked on a separate grill from the meat. However it does contain egg whites, so it is not a vegan entree.
I can’t wait to come back to Pasadena to sample some of the other dishes at Meat District Co. I know my hubby would like to try their ribs or perhaps the Meat Hook dish. There’s also a crispy quinoa salad that sounds delish!
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I was invited to a media tasting at Meat District Co. which helped facilitate this review. All images & opinions are 100% my own.