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Oct 19, 2010 12:15 AM

In need of new meats

I would love to find a restaurant that serves one or more of the following :
1. Abalone
2. Buffalo
3. Whole insects
4. Antelope
5. Bear
6. Iguana
7. Snake
8. Yake
9. Goose (meat, not just a pate)
10. Squab
11. Silkie/Taihe/black chicken
12. bluefoot chicken
13. suckling pig

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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  1. Teknotic, The Ipanema Brazilian Grill serves outstanding Buffalo and also wild Boar. (Their homemade sausage is off the charts good.) Tatanka Take Out, in Tacoma, offers amazingly good Buffalo tacos. (Order double meat.) Tai Tung, Seattle's oldest Chinese restaurant, has squab on the menu and occasionally abalone.

    Tai Tung Restaurant
    655 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

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    1. re: Leper

      the abalone on the menu at several local chinese is almost always canned; be sure to ascertain before ordering. the newly trendy gastropubs can generally provide most of your carnivorous desires with a few days reservation; the same may be said of the squab, black chicken and goose at better chinese restaurants. i have never seen the blue-footed poulet de bresse on this side of the atlantic

      1. re: howard 1st

        D'Artagnan carries blue foot chicken, but they sell out very very quickly, reserved by wholesale customers, though if you're patient you might be able to reserve one a couple months ahead of time. Then you would have to cook it yourself too...

    2. Kudos for creating the most interesting topic I've seen here in years!

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      1. re: landguy

        Why thank you. If only there were a few more replies. The ones I've gotten so far have been great, thanks guys.

        BTW, #8 is supposed to be Yak. I had the wonderful opportunity to try it in China, and it is now my #1 favorite meat.

        1. re: Teknotic

          You can expand your culinary adventure if you include animal parts per se. Ie: Spicy pork intestine at Seven Stars Szechuan, blood sausage at Harvest Vine (they often have venison on the menu and sometimes baby eel), pork cheek sandwich at Salumi (terrific) and the killer Frog's legs at Quinns. Cold smoked Monkfish liver at Shiro's is amazing. You can also go to Malay Satay hut and order food items that don't seem to appear anywhere else in Seattle. (I'm really not sure what I ate the last time I was there. To be fair, the waitress tried twice to talk me out of ordering it.)

          Harvest Vine
          2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

          2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

          309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. re: Leper

            El Sabor de Oaxaca in Burien (used to have a Pioneer Square spot but closed) served chapulines, the fried grasshopper bar snack. Spur at times has an excellent buffalo burger. Bamboo Garden serves some unusual meats, which, though not on your list are very well prepared, including rabbit, frog and assorted offal.

            Bamboo Garden
            202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

            1. re: Leper

              Offal I have already extensively researched. And Bamboo Garden was already on my list for the snout to tail as well as their exotic meat selection. Thanks for the tip on the monk fish liver, though. I wasn't aware of that one. Excited about the chapulines.

              1. re: Leper

                Way better, and cheaper, frog leg appetizer at LA Cafe on Jackson in China Town!
                Their menu is kind of insane...but trust me, get the fried frog legs in spicy salt under the app menu.

                I've had frog legs at at least 5 restaurants in the Seattle area and this is still my fave place to go. And free parking is's in the Pacific Rim building.


          2. There's always Ed's Kort Haus. Not so much a restaurant, but they have Bear, Alligator, Ostrich, Camel, etc.

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            1. re: Brunhilde

              I found that one too. The meats I have listed are the ones that I was incapable of finding. Although I haven't been into Ed's yet, so I didn't realize he had bear as well. Sounds like I should hurry up and get there.

              1. re: Teknotic

                Eh, Kort Haus isn't all that great.
                Their exotic meat is more of a gimmick than anything else.

                1. re: GreenYoshi

                  True, I can't imagine a burger made from a different meat tastes much different from another burger lol

                  1. re: Teknotic

                    Oh, actually, I feel like you can get a sense of the meat if it's well prepared.
                    It's just that it's not all that well prepared at Kort Haus...

                    It caters more to the "Hey, I want to say that I've eaten ______ before" demographic.

            2. Not a restaurant, but if Seattle's Finest Exotic Meats is still in business, you can cook a lot of strange things yourself. NB: it was all frozen/packaged/processed off-premises.

              1. Rainier BBQ (insects, snake, silkie, etc.) and Ed's Kort Haus (game meats, etc.) will be your best bet on most of those, Abalone maybe at a sushi place when its in season, suckling pig is special order at most spainsh places (Harvest Vine, for example), Squab and Buffalo can be found at most meat centric high end places, such as Quinn's, silkie will be on the menu at a good many chinese restaurants.

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                1. re: dagoose

                  The Chinese have a strange view of silkie apparently. They seem to feel that it a highly medicinal food that is "very good for a woman who just gave birth" so though I saw it on a few menus when iwe were in Beijing, I didn't feel very comfortable ordering it. Maybe it'd be different here. Although I'ave trawled a lot of Chinese rest. menus with no luck.

                  Rainier BBQ will now be added to my list. Quinn's and Harvest Vine are already there!

                  Harvest Vine
                  2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

                  1. re: Teknotic

                    I think I saw some of these black chickens either at HT Market or Wah Mee Grocery.

                    1. re: forkit

                      Ding Hoy on 10th and Jackson has fresh silkies at $8 apiece. I didn't pick one up when I was there, but am planning on roasting one soon to see how it is.