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Meats Gone Wild: These Restaurants Got Game

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Most people are accustomed to going to restaurants and ordering the standard barnyard animals: pig, beef, lamb, and chicken. If they're a little bit adventurous, they order duck. But with more people becoming conscious about the leanness of the meat they eat, its environmental footprint, and other factors, less conventional types of meat are coming to prominence. In other cases, some meats traditional to international cuisines, but less common in American cuisine, are showing up on international-leaning menus.

Those who idolize Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain can put put their adventurous eating chops to the test at these restaurants around town.
—Jamie Liu

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Acadiana

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Acadiana uses Eastern Shore snapping turtles for its signature turtle soup. It's a classic New Orleans favorite started by searing it off and braising the meat, putting it in a roux with veggies, and topping it off with sherry and chopped hard boiled egg.

Gator is common in Cajun cuisine. So it's no surprise that on Wednesdays Bayou serves up an alligator special that might come in the form of chili, etouffee, and other traditional Cajun dishes.

Bistro Cacao

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It's not a surprise that a French restaurant would feature a wide variety of game and other creates. At dinner, Bistro Cacao offers a pheasant pate with cornichons. Or stop by at lunch to try grilled quail with goat cheese potato cake and red wine sauce.

Bistrot Du Coin

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Some people may find rabbits too cute to eat, but for those who have no problem with it Bistrot du Coin offers a rabbit casserole with a creamy mustard sauce with carrots, onions, mushrooms and pasta.

Cafe Mozart

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Among the various wurst and schnitzel found at Cafe Mozart, there's a venison steak with lingonberry sauce on the menu. And don't neglect the selection of German chocolates and sweets on the way out.

The slightly rustic menu at Cedar features a wide variety of wild meats. Currently on the menu are a grilled cervena venison with gnocchi, split peas and ham, as well as wild boar with sweet potato tart and bacon vinaigrette, or a choice of elk or rabbit sausage.

Compass Rose

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The international menu of Compass Rose includes a mixed grill platter of quail, beef and chimichurri, and wild boar ribs with slaw.

Dino's Grotto

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Dino's Grotto serves up a variety of dishes featuring wild boar. Start with a wild boar pate with pistachios and mustard, move on to a wild boar papardelle with cream, tomato, onion and pecorino, and go for the gusto with a three-rib wild boar chop.

Four Sisters Restaurant

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Grilled and roasted quail are common in Asian cuisine. Find two Vietnamese preparation at Four Sisters, a roasted appetizer with lime dip or an entree size roasted quail on rice.

Grill from Ipanema

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They say gator tastes like chicken, so whatever way to have it than in fried form? The Grill from Ipanema serves jacaré ao pantanal, fried alligator with a spicy honey mustard sauce on the side.

Mitsitam Cafe

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With Mitsitam Cafe specializing in the cuisines of the Americas, it's easy to find game meats. The menu rotates seasonally, but grilled bison loin with seasonal fruit, buffalo chili, buffalo and duck burgers, and buffalo chili fries are always on the menu. Depending on the season, elk and pheasant can also be found on the menu.

Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company

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Each March, all Rocklands locations host Grills Gone Wild. Previous years have featured wild beaver sausage, and muskrat stew. And for those who have ideas for other "wild" animals, let Rocklands know and it might be featured next March.

Russia House Restaurant & Lounge

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Elk is a part of Northern Russian cuisine, and there is plenty of elk on the menu at Russia House. Find it in elk and cherry sauce, pan-roasted elk paired with sausage, or pancetta-wrapped elk with cauliflower, and kabocha squash.

Gator isn't just for folks in the Gulf Coast. SEI does an Asian take on alligator by crisping them up with a spicy soy glaze.

Steel Plate

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Steel Plate is the newest restaurant to open in Brookland. And along with cozy new space, it's the only place in town to offer camel in the form of a house made summer sausage.

Sur la Place

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Game animals find their form in sausages at Sur la Place. Choose from wild boar and cranberry, pheasant or venison sausages.

Thunder Burger & Bar

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Along with boar, buffalo and elk burgers on the regular menu, Thunder Burger has a reputation for meats on the wild side. Check its Facebook page for its Wednesdays specials like antelope tamales, kangaroo Swedish meatballs, and ostrich sliders.

Vidalia

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Vidalia has a regularly rotating menu, but at the moment there are two dishes with wild meats. There's a hearty braised bison short rib with hominy grits, bison heart, zucchini and chow chow. Or go for the bacon-wrapped rabbit loin with grilled fig, carrot puree and basil arancini.

Westover Market Beer Garden

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Head over to Westover Beer Garden for their rotating daily wild burger. In the past this has featured options like kangaroo, elk, camel and yak. Enjoy it in the beer garden with one of six drafts, and when grab some unique meats supplied by Fossil Farms to take home.

Japanese robata grills have always had a variety of meats and cuts like chicken skin and gizzards. At Zentan, get a marinated half quail from the grill as one of many grilled meat selections.

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Acadiana

Acadiana uses Eastern Shore snapping turtles for its signature turtle soup. It's a classic New Orleans favorite started by searing it off and braising the meat, putting it in a roux with veggies, and topping it off with sherry and chopped hard boiled egg.

Bayou

Gator is common in Cajun cuisine. So it's no surprise that on Wednesdays Bayou serves up an alligator special that might come in the form of chili, etouffee, and other traditional Cajun dishes.

Bistro Cacao

It's not a surprise that a French restaurant would feature a wide variety of game and other creates. At dinner, Bistro Cacao offers a pheasant pate with cornichons. Or stop by at lunch to try grilled quail with goat cheese potato cake and red wine sauce.

Bistrot Du Coin

Some people may find rabbits too cute to eat, but for those who have no problem with it Bistrot du Coin offers a rabbit casserole with a creamy mustard sauce with carrots, onions, mushrooms and pasta.

Cafe Mozart

Among the various wurst and schnitzel found at Cafe Mozart, there's a venison steak with lingonberry sauce on the menu. And don't neglect the selection of German chocolates and sweets on the way out.

Cedar

The slightly rustic menu at Cedar features a wide variety of wild meats. Currently on the menu are a grilled cervena venison with gnocchi, split peas and ham, as well as wild boar with sweet potato tart and bacon vinaigrette, or a choice of elk or rabbit sausage.

Compass Rose

The international menu of Compass Rose includes a mixed grill platter of quail, beef and chimichurri, and wild boar ribs with slaw.

Dino's Grotto

Dino's Grotto serves up a variety of dishes featuring wild boar. Start with a wild boar pate with pistachios and mustard, move on to a wild boar papardelle with cream, tomato, onion and pecorino, and go for the gusto with a three-rib wild boar chop.

Four Sisters Restaurant

Grilled and roasted quail are common in Asian cuisine. Find two Vietnamese preparation at Four Sisters, a roasted appetizer with lime dip or an entree size roasted quail on rice.

Grill from Ipanema

They say gator tastes like chicken, so whatever way to have it than in fried form? The Grill from Ipanema serves jacaré ao pantanal, fried alligator with a spicy honey mustard sauce on the side.

Mitsitam Cafe

With Mitsitam Cafe specializing in the cuisines of the Americas, it's easy to find game meats. The menu rotates seasonally, but grilled bison loin with seasonal fruit, buffalo chili, buffalo and duck burgers, and buffalo chili fries are always on the menu. Depending on the season, elk and pheasant can also be found on the menu.

Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company

Each March, all Rocklands locations host Grills Gone Wild. Previous years have featured wild beaver sausage, and muskrat stew. And for those who have ideas for other "wild" animals, let Rocklands know and it might be featured next March.

Russia House Restaurant & Lounge

Elk is a part of Northern Russian cuisine, and there is plenty of elk on the menu at Russia House. Find it in elk and cherry sauce, pan-roasted elk paired with sausage, or pancetta-wrapped elk with cauliflower, and kabocha squash.

Sei