Texas is cattle country. Drive a few miles outside the city and, lo and behold, there are cattle grazing. Oddly enough though, many steakhouses aren’t serving beef from the ranches in their own backyards. Many obtain meat from what are essentially packing houses, including Standard Meat in Dallas and Freedman Meats, a subsidiary of Sysco Foods in Houston. While those companies might be selling some Texas beef (Freedman told us by phone their Wagyu, for example, comes from HeartBrand Beef in Flatonia), their other products aren’t. (Freedman says its other beef comes from Harris Ranch in Selma, California and Strauss Brands Inc. in Franklin, Wisconsin.) Others cited suppliers in Kansas, “the Midwest” and California.