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Oct 9, 2006 06:44 PM

Restaurants serving exotic meats?

I'm looking for a restaurant that serves exotic meats, in order to take a friend out for his birthday. He's done kangaroo, wallaby, gator and croc, rabbit and ostrich, so we're looking for something that ranges further afield. Anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. Phong Dinh Vietnamese restaurant in Rosmead. They have fox and snake among other exotic dishes, but call ahead to ensure availability.

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    1. re: Ernie

      they took snake off the menu. they probably got the hint about the poor reviews on their snake dishes. although, i don't know if they'll make it if you ask in advance.

      i also second others by calling ahead of time for availability. i've been there when they've sold out of something a bit more common, oysters, and was told they were sold out and had to come earlier in the day

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      1. What about turtle, or thousand years egg soup?

        There are a couple of very traditional Chinese restaurants in SGV that serve this cuisine. Anyone know the names? I went to one on Valley (a tiny hole in the wall), but can't recall the name.

        1. At Typhoon in Santa Monica they have the following:

          Chicken Stuffed Waterbugs
          Singapore (style) Scorpions
          Taiwanese Crickets
          Chambi Ants
          White Sea Worms

          A little bit more normal - At the Saddle Peak Lodge in
          Malibu/Calabasas they currently have Elk & Buffalo. I believe I've seen Antelope and Wild Boar there in the past.

          And you can get your Goat at several places around town.

          1. hmm i guess saddle peak lodge would seem a bit tame in comparison. they do have buffalo, etc. but i haven't been there since the chef change.

            also bistro k in south pasadena does some interesting stuff with skate wing and ant eggs and the like.

            and there's always typhoon in santa monica - do bugs qualify as meat though?


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            1. re: rameniac

              Sadly, I've been told "eeeeew! No bugs!"

              1. re: rednikki

                Aren't Lobster, Shrimp, etc. just big undersea Bugs?