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Oct 16, 2007 09:57 AM

Game birds?

I'm looking for a market that carries game birds, specifically grouse and/or partridge. Something in Oakland, Berkeley, or San Francisco would be ideal, but anything in the Bay Area would be great...thanks!

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  1. Preferred Meats (restaurant supply, web retailer, and brick and mortar warehouse somewhere in Oakland that you can pick up web orders at) probably has some. Polarica (similar company, warehouse down near Bayshore in San Francisco) probably also has game birds and seems to have slightly better prices.

    Bryan's in Laurel Village (California at Laurel, San Francisco) often has guinnea hens and rabbits, so I bet if you called them they might be able to get other unusual game for you with a little notice. Golden Gate Meats in the Ferry Plaza is a similar story--call ahead a few days.

    Note: the 4 choices I listed above will mostly have frozen stuff, with the exception of Bryan's rabbits which come from a farm in Sonoma County and may never have been frozen.

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    1. re: SteveG

      And, don't forget Ming Kee Game Birds in Chinatown. I took a budding chef there and he was fascinated by the variety available.
      Here's Patricia Unterman's take,

      Ming Kee Game Birds
      1136 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Anyone know how much per pound these chickens go for, dead & alive, at Ming Kee?

        1. re: baron45

          Don't know specifics for Ming Kee, but whole, non-live chickens in Chinatown range from about $1.50/lb. to upwards of $4/lb. depending on the breed, size, organic, etc.

    2. San Pablo Poultry in Berkeley has game birds though like some of the other places they are frozen. Good brands though. My visit to SPP ..

      San Pablo Poultry
      2709 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

      1. You could try Magnani Poultry on Hopkins in Berkeley. It's been a while since I've shopped for game birds there, but in the past they had at least quail, squab, goose, duck.

        1. Never seen grouse, but Chukar Partridge are available. If you are looking for fresh, google; ca dfg game bird breeders.

          1. Fantastic. Thanks to you all!