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Oct 28, 2011 08:12 PM

Are there any restaurants serving Heritage turkey?

I just learned of this type of bird and would like to try some without having to buy a whole bird and roast it myself. Anybody know of a restaurant that serves these?

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  1. Gaumenkitzel in Berkeley on San Pablo

    They always seem to have Heritage turkey schnitzel, but the current menu (pdf) lists

    - Soup of Heritage Turkey with autumn spices and vegetables, served with SpƤtzle.

    They update their specials online daily. Last night they had some sort of roast heritage turkey , the leftovers seem to be making soup today. You might call them to ask what else they are planning. BTW, you can also get unbreaded schnitzel

    If you can wait until Thanksgiving Day, there are usually a few restaurants serving Heritage birds

    2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    1. The Local Butcher Shop sells only heritage turkey and will sell you a leg or wing or piece of breast or whatever so you don't have to roast a whole bird.

      The Local Butcher Shop
      1600 Shattuck Ave #120, Berkeley, CA 94709

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        At $12 lb for a whole turkey. Good to know they sell pieces. I'll have to se the price for those as I was thinking "That's $120 for a 10 lb bird .... really?"

        The black heritage turkeys are from BN Ranch in Bolinas.

        Had the heritage turkey soup at Gaumenkitzel today and it was excellent. I have no clue if it was due to the type of turkey, but it was a rich, deep intense broth. Lovely sweet carrots in it as well.

      2. I know Willie Bird sells heritage birds and they run a restaurant in Santa Rosa. Might call or email to see if they serve heritage birds at the restaurant.

        I stopped in at their restaurant on the way up the coast. The restaurant itself is vintages 70s and nothing special but the food was very good for what it is. The turkey was excellent and everything good as mom ever cooked.

        Willie Bird's Restaurant
        1150 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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        1. re: ML8000

          Is that new? I don't remember Willie Bird selling heritage turkeys in the past.

          Willie Bird's Restaurant
          1150 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

          1. re: rworange

            They sell heritage turkeys every year around Thanksgiving.

        2. Chris Cosentino of SF's Incanto Restaurant is cooking heritage turkey at a dinner for Slow Food Russian River on Sunday. Heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving raised by 4H clubs will be auctioned off afterwards. More info,