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apbeahrs Oct 16, 2007 09:57 AM

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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    jmarek Oct 18, 2007 07:16 PM

    There used to be a live game bird store in the Sunset -- somewhere around 21st and Judah? Not sure if it's still there. It was great. My father thought it was so cool that he tried to take a photograph and got us kicked out. (Middle aged white guy with camera -- they were thinking PETA)

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    1. re: jmarek
      canard Oct 23, 2007 11:55 AM

      You might try Polarica in the City


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      apbeahrs Oct 18, 2007 09:41 AM

      Fantastic. Thanks to you all!

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        Alan408 Oct 16, 2007 04:04 PM

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

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          chocolatetartguy Oct 16, 2007 03:09 PM

          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. rworange Oct 16, 2007 01:27 PM

            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

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              SteveG Oct 16, 2007 11:57 AM

              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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                Melanie Wong Oct 16, 2007 12:34 PM

                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

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                  baron45 Oct 16, 2007 01:28 PM

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

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                    Melanie Wong Oct 22, 2007 11:52 PM

                    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.

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