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Oct 9, 2011 09:54 AM

Cornish Game Hen or other Game Meats?

Hey all!

I'm interested in finding cornish game hens (not Tyson brand) or other game meats (elk, rabbit, etc.), if available. So far I've only visited CM and the typical supermarkets to search for them, and am wondering if a visit to MT or WF is in order?

Additionally, I would prefer minimally processed meats. Thank you!

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  1. Hill Country Fine Meats out in Marble Falls usually has some very interesting and different meats in their freezer, it might be worth calling them to find out what they have in stock. Closer in, the Meat House in Westlake has various wild game products in their freezer case also.

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    1. re: minatalks

      Thanks, I'll check out both of those, since it seems they're likely to be nice quality meats.

    2. Sebastian at Countryside Farms typically has interesting game meats for sale at the Saturday Farmer's Market in Republic Square. Definitely minimally processed.

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      1. re: frankcross

        Thanks, I'm curious as to what they may have. Nothing beats minimally processed, especially taste-wise.

      2. Central Market usually has rabbit. HEB at Congress and Oltorf usually had kid./cabrito. The USDA says that Cornish game hens are probably "nearly extinct, if not so". What are being sold as game hens are just young supermarket chickens (which are all partly Cornish in their original breeds).

        MT doesn't have any game meats. Just odd parts of common meats. Fiesta has bull fries (testicles), if you're just out for something out of the "ordinary". I haven't worked up the nerve for those. Yet.

        Central Market
        4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

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        1. re: sqwertz

          I actually saw pig anus at MT, just in case anyone is interested in that. Swear to God. How would one cook it? Anyone ever had it?

          But back to the point, I did order a heritage turkey from Richardson Farms (at the Burnet Rd Farmer's market). Technically not game meat, but maybe gamier. 512 446 2306 or

          1. re: rudeboy

            The proper term is Pork Bung or Pork Rectum, thank you ;-)

            [Clickety click] Ah, yes - here we go. A Sqwertz original photo:

            And don't forget uterus:

            I've had uterus as part of the "marinated combo" at Din Ho and First China, but I don't think I've have rectum.


            1. re: sqwertz

              Good god, Swertz, you are a freaking awesome are all up in there.

          2. re: sqwertz

            I wonder how I missed this at CM--apparently it wasn't in the frozen food aisle, or I missed it when I was looking. This is really news to me, actually, since I remember the memory of eating Cornish game hens, and the taste was quite different from a regular young chicken, hmm. Admittedly, it's been quite a while since I've had any Cornish game hens, actually.

            I think I'd need a recipe to dare that one!

          3. I have see quail at some hispanic supermarkets before, usually frozen. I think, but don't hold me to this the one on Decker Lane and Loyola. I realize this isn't much help, but if you see a hispanic store near you, they might also have them.

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            1. re: TroyTempest

              Thanks, TroyTempest. I'm not sure of any hispanic stores near me, but I'll be sure to look around for them! For some reason I always think the foreign store will have what I'm looking for.

              1. re: Nattomi

                And don't forget Central Market and Whole Foods both have all sorts of different cuts of bison. Ribeyes, strips, tenderloin, and ground usually.

                Central Market
                4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

              2. re: TroyTempest

                CM North had "fresh" (probably "previously frozen") quail last time I was there a month ago. I usually shop south (and usually just blow right by the poultry sections at both CM's)