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doogette Apr 16, 2007 03:19 PM

So while I was in Itally last spring I developed a tast for rabbit and hare. Neither is common on menus in america. So I ask you, where in the metro have you seen/had either and was it good bad or indifferent?

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  1. cherrylime RE: doogette Apr 16, 2007 03:33 PM

    Ive only seen it at Black Forest and Schumacher's the latter closed I think..Notice,I said seen not ate..

    1. AnneInMpls RE: doogette Apr 16, 2007 04:07 PM

      Coincidentally, Reddyrat just posted about a rabbit dish at the Barbary Fig.


      This dish sounds marvelous - I've got to get to Barbary Fig while it's still on the menu! I love rabbit, but it's really hard to find. I'm sure that Vincent used to have it, but dropped it because it didn't sell.

      If you decide to cook your own rabbit, check out Clancy's Meats in Linden Hills - they have free-range rabbit that's really delicious - expensive, but worth it.


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      1. re: AnneInMpls
        Reddyrat RE: AnneInMpls Apr 16, 2007 07:58 PM

        Yes, the dish at Barbary Fig was indeed wonderful. I wish I remember what was in it besides figs. What I liked was the the rabbit meat was shredded and mixed in with the other items. It made it easier to eat than cutting it and allowed for the flavors to mix better. It was a special, but I think it is a fairly common meat for them to have.

        I also had some great bunny at Heartland last October.


        1. re: AnneInMpls
          doogette RE: AnneInMpls Apr 17, 2007 04:37 AM

          Reddyrat's review is what made me think to ask the question.

          And it does sound yummy.

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          Danny RE: doogette Apr 16, 2007 08:26 PM

          At the Little Szechuan chowdown, we tried the "Diced Rabbit Big Sister Style" I don't remember much about it (I might have skipped it).

          I also had rabbit tenderloin as one of the courses in a tasting at La Belle Vie.

          I think there was a rabbit terrine as part of the "cold cuts w/ pickles" at 112 Eatery. (On a menu that is full of great values, the cold cuts w/pickles is an absolute bargain)

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          1. re: Danny
            KTFoley RE: Danny Apr 16, 2007 09:06 PM

            "Diced Rabbit Big Sister Style" was not a big hit at Little Szechuan -- a lot of bone and not as much anything else.

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            jaycooke RE: g rote Apr 16, 2007 08:30 PM

            The only place I've ever had rabbit was at Solera. It was probably 2 years ago now, though, so no idead if it is still on the menu.

            1. Michael Florey RE: doogette Apr 17, 2007 07:46 AM

              Rabbit is not on the menu at Barbary Fig, but Haj frequently has different versions as a dinner special. My personal favorite is the white bean rabbit cassoulet. I would call ahead and ask what night he will have a rabbit dish on special.

              Also had a very nice bistro style rabbit dish at Margaux in St. Paul recently.

              I agree about Italy. I had an entire roasted hare stuffed with fresh rosemary at Il Latini in Florence. Unbelievable.

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                doogette RE: Michael Florey Apr 17, 2007 11:16 AM

                Where is Haj?

                The hare I remember was in the restaurant in the walled fort Monte Reggiano. Beautiful.

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                  KTFoley RE: doogette Apr 17, 2007 11:41 AM

                  I believe that Haj is not a place but a person: the chef at Barbary Fig.

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                    Michael Florey RE: doogette Apr 18, 2007 03:27 PM

                    Yes, Brahim Haj-Moussa is the chef/owner at Barbary Fig.

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                      doogette RE: Michael Florey Apr 18, 2007 05:51 PM

                      Sweet. Thanks for the clarification all. I really do appreciate it.

                2. Foureyes137 RE: doogette Apr 17, 2007 07:48 AM

                  There is a rabbit tapas (at least there has been) at Solera. It was a little greasy, but still good. It had like roasted cumin rub and baby artichokes are something. It's been about a year since I had it there so it might have left the menu. Worth a check I suppose.

                  EDIT: I just saw Jay's post. Sorry for the repeat info.

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                    jbanana RE: doogette Apr 19, 2007 05:49 PM

                    Java Restaurant on the corner of Nicollet and 28th St serves rabbit. You can get it fried or stewed in a sauce of spinach-like greens and tomatoes. Both are really good.

                    1. Michael Florey RE: doogette Apr 24, 2007 08:56 AM

                      Had rabbit at the Barbary Fig on Sunday night. It was juliened strips served with mushrooms and lentils on a potato galette. Quite salty but very, very good.

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