Bistro Steak
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Bistro Steaks were served, and still are served, in working class French bistros.

If the Bistro Steak is cut into a round shape, it may be sold as a Bistro Medallion. All Bistro Steaks benefit from being cut across the Meat Grain. Refer to the actual steak cuts for further information on each one.


Bistro Steak is available all year long. 


The production of beef is carried about by three primary types of operations: Cow & Calf Operations, Weaner Calf & Yearling Operations, and Dry-Lot Feeding Operations (also known as “Backrounders”) which are the most expensive operations in the Beef Industry. To learn more about Beef Producers just follow the link to Smart Kitchen’s Page on Beef Producers. The Beef Producers are represented by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

American cattle production has remained almost stagnant between 1985 and 2009, growing just 6.4%, while the amount of beef imported has nearly tripled in that time, according to an analysis of USDA figures conducted by R-CALF USA, another the trade group that represents cattle producers.

Once raised, Beef is typically sold to Meat Packers who slaughter, inspect, and butcher the animals to provide Primal Cuts to butchers and portion cuts to consumers.

The Meat Packing Industry is in a period of consolidation. In 1999, the 10 largest beef-packing firms accounted for more than 90 percent of all Steer and Heifer slaughter in the U.S. In 2011, according to the Western Organization of Resources Councils three major companies controlled Beef market. Visit Smart Kitchen’s Meat Packers Resource Page to learn more.


Though there is no precise, book definition, Flank Steak, Hanger Steak and Skirt Steak are sold most commonly as Bistro Steaks, though they are often in short supply because of their price relative to their flavor.


When shopping for Bistro Steak, look for Bistro Steak that has a clear, red exterior color known as the “Bloom,” that come from exposure to oxygen and not the more normal purplish-red color of vacuum packed beef. Your purchase should be cold, firm to the touch and, if packaged, free of any punctures or rips. Notice the “sell-by” date on the label and make sure you are buying product that is well within its dates of safe use as specified by the sticker. 


Raw Bistro Steak should last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Add an extra day of cold storage time if the Bistro Steak is Marinated or oiled. Raw Bistro Steak will keep for 2-3 months in the freezer without any appreciable deterioration in quality.

Cooked Bistro Steak should be refrigerated for up to 1-3 days.

Culinary Uses

Bistro Steak is a catch-all term for a number of different thin, fibrous cuts that yield a chewy, flavorful Steak at a more modest price.

Bistro Steak is a tough Portion Cut of Beef. On Smart Kitchen’s Home Plate it should be Cooked, it is Tough, it can be Thin or Thick depending on how it is cut, it is Dry, and Lean. Using the Home Plate we would call it Cooked, Tough, Thin or Thick, Dry, and Lean or noted in the home plate shorthand Bistro Steak would be (C, T1T3-T4, D, L).

Bistro Steak is best cooked using the following techniques: GrillingBaking, BroilingFire RoastingRoastingSautéingPan FryingSimmeringBoilingBraising, Smoking and Stewing.

Portion Size

Allow 6 to 9 ounces (170 g to 255 g) per person of Bistro Steak as a Serving Size.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie