A beef roast cut from above the shoulder blade in the chuck primal. This cut has good marbling and flavor, but can be tough if improperly cooked. Braising is the best method for cooking the top blade roast because the moist heat and lengthy cooking time help tenderize the meat. The top blade roast can also be used as an oven roast if it is of the best quality, which results in a fairly tender roast when not overcooked. Other popular names for the top blade roast (depending on the region where it is marketed) include the flatiron roast, top chuck roast, blade roast, chuck roast, first cut, lifter roast, and triangle roast.