Middle Eastern restaurant that serves goat?
My husband has made a special request for his upcoming birthday. I'm especially interested in places in San Francisco or Oakland/Berkeley.
The main thing he is interested in is the goat. I think I could convince him to try another cuisine if they serve goat, but he really likes any kind of Middle Eastern.
Thanks a lot everyone!
Goat is not a profitable animal to raise in America. The average goat butchers out to only a few pounds of meat. After the costs of growing the animal and then butchering and processing the small amount of meat -- it is simply not practical. Middle Eastern and other cultures that are used to raising small animals, like goats, find that it is practical to raise them as a meat source. It is kind of like raising dogs as a meat source except dogs require more costly feed than goats do.
re: cookin phil
As noted above, lots of cheap Mexican and Pakistani places serve goat. That Middle Eastern places don't has nothing to do with it being hard to get.
Locally raised goat is readily available at halal butchers, and it costs only slightly more than lamb. I think mostly it's free-range. Goats are also commonly used for weed control, in which case they actually turn a profit.
re: cookin phil
I have no problem finding goat in Sonoma county ..... it is cheaper then lamb but it is getting up there. It is becoming more and more popular in upscale restaurants across the nation.
" The average goat butchers out to only a few pounds of meat"
On occasion Ive had one butchered infront of me so I could show him what I wanted , it certainly was more then a few pounds.
Goat is very popular in certain areas of Italy, especially around Easter.
re: cookin phil
There is a large goat milk/cheese industry in Sonoma County, and goats must be bred annually to keep in lactation. This leads to a lot of young goat! You can get wonderful deals on cabrito from local carnicerias. Check this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/535488 Try it as grilled kabobs prepared in a cumin/pomegranate paste marinade. Mild and Superb!
would def. mention sanjalisco (formerly los jarritos) for their birria de chivo dish.
firefly occasionally serves bn ranch goat.
having grown up part middle eastern though, i never saw goat used in any dish; it was always lamb, and every once in a while ground beef. not sure why; that's just how it is/was.
Caribbean Restaurants generally serve goat. I just had goat curry at Coconuts in Palo Alto
last week. Another idea is Mexican. I think it is often on the special menu or weekend menu - as Birria. I think La Pinata has it on Sundays (some places though have Birria and it is lamb?).
La Penca Azul
La Pinata Restaurant III (now La Penca Azul)
1440 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
904 Rose St, Hayward, CA 94541
Greece is closer to the Middle East than the Indian and Mexican suggestions, I think. Evvia has a goat dish listed on their online menu, but they are in Palo Alto. I thought their sibling restaurant Kokkari might have it too, but it's not listed on their online menu.
Those are "sample menus" though, so best to check directly to see if they'll have goat on the day you want to go there.
200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111
420 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Not Middle Eastern, but you can get goat curry at at least a few south asian restaurants :
Little Delhi in SF around the Powell BART (it's not on the menu, but I eat it for lunch over there)
Al Hamra on 16th Street between Mission and Valencia (I think). I haven't tried it here.
Aangan in Albany on San Pablo Ave. roughly at Solano (next door to the Ivy Room).-- the goat curry here is a Nepali version, according to the prorprietors.
I think I like the gc at Little Delhi a little better than the one at Aangan,
Also, there's goat birria on the weekend at several Mexican places. Chavas (in SF on Mission St. between 24th and 25th) and Chavitas (in SF on Mission St. between 26th and Cesar Chavez) come immediately to mind because they are close to where I live, but that's probably the tip of the iceberg.
I've had goat tacos with handmade tortillas at La Palma Mexicatessen on a Saturday.
83 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102
La Palma Mexicatessen
2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
854 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Lamb seems to be much more popular. As for why that is, my guess is that the ethnic community from the Middle East/North Africa is much smaller in SF than the South Asian and Mexican ones, so the restaurants tend to be less focused on authentic food and more oriented toward serving the Lebanese favorites that have become popular in the US - schwarma, tabouleh, hummus, etc.
You might try the new-ish Yemeni's Restaurant in SF. The menus I found online suggest they use a ton of lamb but maybe they'll make dishes with goat if you call ahead?