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Apr 29, 2010 06:54 PM

Rabbit recommendations -- Who serves the best in town?

Some friends and I have somewhat mysteriously decided that we want to chow down on some rabbit. Any recommendations for the best-prepared rabbit around?

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  1. Marliave does a nice version, and for those in the party that want something different, I thorougly enjoy their beef wellington.

    10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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    1. re: Pegmeister

      i've loved the rabbit at erbaluce and also liked la morras. for a totally different approach Szichuan Garden in Brookline makes a killer spicy rabbit dish

      1. re: teezeetoo

        I'll second Erbaluce. Their menu changes often, so call to see if they'll have the rabbit.

        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

    2. Ten Tables in JP had a very nice version with homemade pappadarlle the last time we dined there.

      Ten Tables
      5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. Vinny's at Night 76 Broadway Somerville

        Their rabbit agrodolce was amazing.

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          Second the rabbit at Vinny's.

          Also the diced rabbit appetizer at New Shanghai -- a bit of a challenge to eat around the bones but that's a yummy bunny.

          New Shanghai Restaurant
          21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

          1. re: yumyum

            I like Chili Gardens version but HATE picking around the bones.

            1. re: joth68

              I'd second Chili Garden's version. Picking around the bones is half the fun! =)

              1. re: lipoff

                haha well you and I have very different ideas of fun then!

                (Actually, I am a bit hypocritical . I can't stand picking around the bones in rabbit and goat dishes but at the same time will happily spend hours picking crabs or tearing apart lobsters)

                1. re: lipoff

                  Kills me when folks say they don't like the bones/shells, etc in: rabbit, fish, crawfish, head on shrimp, chicken wings, etc.

                  Yah, we should all eat only white meat chicken breasts, huge steaks, and slabs of fish fillet with no bone (the last of which is also tremendously wasteful.

                  Holy cow that would be a miserable way to go through eating. In my book chewing, tearing, nibbling, crawfish and shrimp head-sucking, marrow bone slurping is part of what makes food interesting. I'd RATHER eat a rabbit off the little tiny bones then eat a bone-free fillet. Bring it on.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    I don't think the marrow/shrimp comparison is a fair one. People generally don't eat those things because they find the idea of it gross. My issue with the rabbit dish at chili garden is that it is a pain in the @ss to eat.

                    The problem with the rabbit is that it is chopped so small that the pieces are already bite sized. I'll poke a bite with my fork and knife and it will appear to be all meat. Then I bite down and a razor sharp shard of bone lurking in the middle stabs the inside of my mouth.

                    Picking aroud the bones is also twice as difficult when everything is covered in that delicious hot sechuan oil(that sprays everywhere[yes i am a messy eater])

          2. Erbaluce has the best rabbit dish that I've had in the city.

            69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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            1. re: phatchris

              I emphatically second Erbaluce. Chef Draghi's menu changes regularly, so there's no guarantee that its currently on it. Nonetheless, the rabbit is delicious.

              69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

              1. re: ecwashere7

                Third erbaluce. Had a wonderful rabbit fettuccine dish there last summer. If you're going there just for the rabbit, call ahead, because as ecwashere7 says the menu changes frequently.

            2. Against chowhound common wisdom, I always enjoyed the itty bitty rabbit at DalĂ­. And also against CH wisdom, I often liked the way Upstairs on the Square treated rabbit on the 3rd floor - though I haven't had it in five years.

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              1. re: enhF94

                enhF94 - Great Minds (and Dali fans)!