About Allen Brothers

Founded in 1893 in Chicago’s famed Union Stockyards meat market, Allen Brothers still operates in the same neighborhood that shaped the American beef industry more than 120 years ago. For more than a century, the name Allen Brothers has been synonymous with the world’s finest beef. The company has an unmatched reputation for quality and integrity and it has a steadfast commitment to customer service and innovation.

Led by Todd Hatoff, president and the fourth generation of the company’s founding family, Allen Brothers uses the highest grade of USDA Prime, representing the top three percent of all graded American beef. This results in meats that are “the ultimate in tenderness, juiciness and flavor” according to the USDA.

Allen Brothers also offers the finest, humanely raised, Heritage breed veal and lamb as well as pork, seafood and ready-to-eat side dishes and prepared desserts that bring an element of convenience as well as quality to the table. Today, the steaks that the country’s top restaurants have built a reputation upon are available for everyone to enjoy at home.

Allen Brothers Difference

USDA Grades

Usda Prime

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says, "USDA Prime grade beef is the ultimate in tenderness, juiciness and flavor." It's the highest grade you can buy, and only one to two percent of American beef is good enough for the coveted USDA Prime designation.

Because the demand for USDA Prime beef is so high and the supply is so limited, many beef sellers have difficulty obtaining it. At Allen Brothers, we always have a supply of this extraordinary beef, and we deliver it with pride to the nation's finest steakhouse and restaurants‚ and to you and your family at home. Remember that if the beef you're buying is not explicitly labeled USDA Prime‚ it probably isn't.

USDA Choice

The USDA's second-highest quality designation and is assigned to beef that has less marbling than USDA Prime.

Hand Selection

Even within USDA Prime grade beef, there are differences in quality. Inconsistencies in marbling, texture and color can affect taste and tenderness. We carefully select our beef from the very top of the grading range to ensure that you receive the best of the best.


Aging is the technique that makes even the finest meat more tender and flavorful. Meat is placed in our custom-built refrigerated coolers where temperature, humidity and air circulation are carefully controlled for designated times. During this natural process, the beef's enzymes break down and tenderize the meat, giving it a unique flavor and ensuring utmost tenderness.

Wet Aging

In wet aging, meat is placed in vacuum-sealed bags, which prevent moisture from evaporating, and aged under controlled conditions. Enzymes break down the meat's complex proteins from the inside out, producing meat that is more tender and juicy with a flavor unique to this process.

Dry Aging

Dry aging is how beef was aged until the mid-1980s. Our dry-aged beef is stored in our custom-designed dry-aging cooler where a complex process incorporates an intricate and delicate balance of time, temperature, air circulation and humidity. Over time, as the beef ages openly, it is exposed to air inside the coolers and ages from the outside in, forming a hard crust around the edible tissue. Once aging is complete, this firm outer crust is carefully removed, leaving meat that is significantly more tender and that has the distinctive delicious flavor imparted by dry aging.


The meat from Wagyu cattle is known worldwide for its marbling characteristics and naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness.


Just as Champagne can only be used when describing sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France, the name Kobe beef is reserved exclusively to describe Wagyu cattle raised in the Kobe region of Japan. Hence any Wagyu cattle raised outside of Kobe must go by the names Wagyu or Kobe-style.


We've developed exclusive relationships with the finest Wagyu ranchers outside Japan. They employ the same time-honored methods native to the Kobe region, resulting in natural Wagyu steaks that have a velvety texture and rich marbling.

Never-Frozen Beef

Of course, we have never-frozen beef.

If you are ordering and plan on cooking our product the day it arrives or the next — never-frozen is a great option. However, if you aren't going to use it that quickly, let us expertly freeze it for you. This will give you the convenience of having it delivered in advance and none of the quality of our product will be sacrificed.

Please contact Customer Support at 800.548.7777 to place your next never-frozen beef order.