Getting in on the Game

So you're craving wild boar, venison, or buffalo. Short of killing yourself, where in town can you feast on game? Your options are surprisingly vast, with an ample handful of restaurants promising game dishes as regular menu features and many others serving game specials, particularly in the cooler months. We've excluded duck, simply because we would have had to list most of Austin's Asian eateries to be comprehensive. If we've left out your favorite game place, let us know.

34th Street Cafe: J*One*s Ranch Venison Summer Sausage Tuscan Pizza and a Venison Burger at lunch; Berry Glazed Venison Rack featured regularly at special wine tasting dinners.

The Belgian Restaurant: Venison is a regular menu feature.

Brio Vista: Pistachio Crusted J*One*s Ranch Venison Medallions in an Ancho-Cherry Sauce is a fixture of the dinner menu.

Cafe at the Four Seasons: Honey-Roasted Quail and a Hill Country Wild Boar Chop are always on the menu.

Driskill Grill: Buffalo Meatloaf, Rabbit Quesadillas, and Wild Boar Sausage are menu fixtures.

Jean-Pierre's Upstairs: Quail is a regular menu item.

Jeffrey's: The menu changes daily, but game -- venison, boar, antelope, ostrich -- figures prominently among the house's "New Texas" specialties.

The Lodge at Lakeview: Big, juicy Buffalo Burgers from J*One*s Ranch served with all the traditional fixin's.

Paggi House: Venison is a regular menu item, quail is a frequent dinner special, and emu and ostrich appear among the dinner specials from time to time.

Si Bon: J*One*s Ranch Venison Summer Sausage appetizer paired with Peppered Goat Cheese from Pure Luck Organic Farm.

Zoot: Regularly rotating game items include quail, venison, and caribou. With 3-4 days notice, Zoot will do its best to track down the game meat of your choice for a special dinner.


Basil's; The Bitter End; Chez Nous; Castle Hill Cafe; Granite Cafe; Jean-Luc's Bistro.

-- Rebecca Chastenet de Géry

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