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Where can I buy Game Birds (North End or Cambridge Area)?

InmanSQ Girl Apr 16, 2008 07:37 AM

Since local chowhounds also tend to be good cooks, I am hoping you all can help me find a local and affordable source for the following:

1. semi-boneless quail (wings and legs intact)
2. squab
3. pheasant
4. Cornish Hens on the smaller size (the ones at McKinnons are always HUGE).

I live in the Porter SQ area and work by the North End, so markets in either area are preferred, but I will drive for a good deal. I'm sure Savenour in Cambridge has all of these, but they tend to be the priciest option in the city, so I thought I would check with you all first.

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    nasilemak RE: InmanSQ Girl Apr 16, 2008 07:39 AM

    Whole Foods at Fresh Pond usually carries Cornish Hens that weigh about a pound each.

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      Bostonbob3 RE: InmanSQ Girl Apr 16, 2008 07:47 AM

      In the North End, you can almost always get semi-deboned quail at Sulmona on Parmenter Street. Frozen, but still fine and tasty. I get them there for my tailgates during Pats season. Just call ahead to check.

      And although Savenors is pricey, they usually have a great selection of game birds.

      You could also do the D'Artagnan online thing.

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        steinpilz RE: Bostonbob3 Apr 16, 2008 04:15 PM

        Definitely Savenors, I think WF might also at least have quail. I have done the D'Artagnan thing (for grouse, pheasant, and partridge) and been very happy with this.

        1. re: steinpilz
          PinchOfSalt RE: steinpilz Apr 17, 2008 05:55 AM

          In the past I have occasionally seen fresh pheasant and quail at the Fresh Pond WF. I bet that if you asked (and gave enough notice), they would get them for you.

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        Taralli RE: InmanSQ Girl Apr 16, 2008 08:13 AM

        The Armenian markets in Coolidge Sq. in Watertown have frozen squab.

        1. itaunas RE: InmanSQ Girl Apr 16, 2008 08:18 AM

          Here is a list of what Mayflower was carrying in stock (most of the things on your list), plus they can order more. Always call first with special requests and to check availability:


          For deals on Frozen Quail, supermarkets and stores that cater to Portuguese are also worth shopping around (not usually semi-boneless). I like the Portuguese imported better than the more common Canadian (for supermarket options), but Mayflower has more options for sourcing.

          1. sfumato RE: InmanSQ Girl Apr 16, 2008 08:28 AM

            Russos (www.russos.com) in Watertown often has game birds from local farms, and we think their prices are very reasonable. Their meat selection varies (it's all fresh- they don't carry frozen meat), so seeing something one week doesn't necessarily mean that you'll see it again the next. You can always call ahead to see what they have- they're very accommodating over the phone. Their produce alone is worth the trip, in my opinion.

            1. blackdahlia RE: InmanSQ Girl Apr 16, 2008 06:24 PM

              Thank you so much for posting the question and thank you so much for all the answers. I have actually been wanting to locate Pheasant locally in the Boston/Cambridge area so I can try my hand at cooking it :)...thanks so much for the usefull info

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                Guilty Glutton RE: blackdahlia Apr 17, 2008 06:28 AM

                I was at Savenor's in Cambridge yesterday, and they had some delicious looking game birds. Wish I had the time to cook them myself!

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                  Carp85 RE: Guilty Glutton Apr 17, 2008 06:37 AM

                  Savenor's, although pricey, just had a better selection and quality than most other places. I was rather disappointed with D'Artagnan the one time i went through them last year.

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