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Where to eat game in OC?

elmomonster Jun 26, 2007 02:12 PM

Where would you go to get game in OC? The weirder the better. Can be fancy, non-fancy, even funky.


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    emmanoir Jun 29, 2007 04:42 PM

    I hear the Chicory Crusted Bison at Rendezvous in San Juan Capistrano is excellent:

    Haven't been there yet though.

    1. Mr. S Jun 27, 2007 02:29 PM

      I had dinner once at The Cellar in Fullerton. They had an ostrich filet and phesant on the menu as well.

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      1. re: Mr. S
        JBC Jun 27, 2007 04:58 PM

        And they still do:


      2. Melissavina Jun 27, 2007 02:07 PM

        You can get sweetbreads at this place in San Juan Capistrano. Not really game, but strange:

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          Philly Jun 27, 2007 11:17 AM

          Bayside Restaurant in NPB has venison loin medallions on the menu.

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            cdmedici Jun 26, 2007 07:11 PM

            In Newport Beach there is a French restaurant that usually has game on the menu. It is called Bistro Le Crillon. It has been a while since I ate there. The last time there I had Gazelle.

            If you feel like cooking your own then give this company a try.

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              elmomonster Jun 27, 2007 06:02 AM

              Thank cdmedici. I'll see what Bistro Le Crillon has to offer.

              Anyone else have any other restaurants offering game?


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                Grubber Jun 27, 2007 08:06 AM

                How about Florentine's Bar & Grill in Fullerton. It's a cool spot that has been known to offer venison as a special. Call first


                1. re: elmomonster
                  Jase Jun 27, 2007 12:39 PM

                  You might want to do a little more research. I used to work in the area and I never heard anything good about the food or service. Which was a shame because I love French bistro food. I did a search on this board and there wasn't anything positive.

                  I didn't feel like investing the money to try myself after those reports. So take this with a grain of salt.

              2. OCAnn Jun 26, 2007 02:28 PM

                A couple years ago Napa Rose had a trio of game.

                EDIT: Brea's Best has ostrich burgers.

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                1. re: OCAnn
                  elmomonster Jun 27, 2007 06:01 AM

                  Ostrich does qualify!


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                  JBC Jun 26, 2007 02:15 PM

                  To eat in a restaurant? Or, to buy at a market or a butcher?

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                    elmomonster Jun 27, 2007 06:00 AM

                    To eat in a restaurant. I know that there's a Viet place in Rosemead that serves snake, venison, and other sorts of weird things on their menu. Wondering if there's a place like that here.


                    1. re: elmomonster
                      JBC Jun 27, 2007 07:18 AM

                      The basic game options: rabbit, wild boar, deer flank steaks (just like venison?) are available at Jagerhaus in Anaheim:


                      For the more exotic meats, Black Sheep Bistro in Tustin owns a market next door to their restaurant that makes the following statement:

                      "And we are happy to order exotics like; venison, game birds, wild mushrooms and just about "anything" you can think of with a little advanced notice."


                      I would look at the exotic meat selection, as an example, in the link posted below by "cdmedici", decide on what you'd like to try, order it through the BSB market, and ask the BSB restaurant to cook it for you. Obviously, get the owner/operator's prior agreement to this arrangement, but since it's coming from their market next door, you probably stand a good chance of being able to eat whatever exotics at a restaurant in Tustin you'd like.

                      They may not be recptive to preparing the 5 insects you can have at Typhoon in Santa Monica though:


                      An example of Game Birds available in an English restaurant that owns its' own game bird ranch/estate would be Rules:


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