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Game On: A Map of Venison, Boar, and More (Oh My)

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When you get right down to the meat of the matter, sometimes the average chicken, pork, or beef — no matter how fancied up and varied it can be — just doesn't cut it. If you find that your meat-loving palate needs a break from the norm, check out these 10 local restaurants beefing up (pun intended) their game (ditto) via meats like pheasant, quail, and boar, as well as other non-traditional choices.
Katie Chudy


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Giulia

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1682 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 441-2800
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Vermont Quail with Pork Sausage: Named after the street in Rome where the owners decided to officially open a restaurant, Giulia serves their quail alongside some Umbrian lentils, cipollini, and saba. If pasta is more your speed, opt for the pappardelle with wild boar. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

2. Puritan & Co.

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1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 615-6195
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Chicken-Fried Quail: Paired with grilled shishito peppers, parsnips, and gravy, this play off of the Southern classic holds the chicken and makes quail the star. Word on the street is that they will also be adding a pheasant dish to the menu later this month, so be on the lookout! [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

3. Lucca

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226 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(857) 362-8500
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Ravioli: Stuffed with a red pepper ricotta filling, this Italian dumpling is then topped off with braised wild boar, agrodolce, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil. Braised boar can also be found atop the rigatoni in their late night menu. You know, just in case your craving strikes outside of normal dinnertime hours. [Photo: Official Site]

4. The Tip Tap Room

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138 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 263-7614
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Boar Meatballs and More: In addition to daily game specials, you can dine on boar meatballs served in a spicy ginger cilantro broth, or you can order the antelope meatloaf, topped with cranberry jalapeño au jus and served alongside a crispy and cheesy potato cake. Pair your game dinner with a draft beer from The Tip Tap Room’s lengthy list to make your evening complete. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

5. Umbria Prime

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295 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 338-1000
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Pappardelle: This wide noodle favorite gets a bath in a wild boar ragú before it arrives at your table. Not in a pasta mood? No problem. Settle on the coffee-crusted buffalo ribeye instead. [Photo: Official Site]

6. Meritage

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(617) 439-3995
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Venison: According to the restaurant’s unique menu, which presents its food offerings by how each dish pairs with particular wines, this pork-wrapped game is intended to pair well with a robust glass of red wine and is served with a beluga lentil ragout and sauteed spinach with a red wine sauce. [Photo: Official Site]

7. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

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48 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-0048
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Venison Shepherd's Pie: If it’s shepherd's pie you’re after, Stoddard’s is offering their take on the classic, made with venison, root vegetable puree, and sweet corn. Try pairing this dish with a cocktail from their extensive list — or a beer. Or both. [Photo: Facebook]

8. Forum

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755 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 991-1831
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Soy Sesame Roasted Quail: You can start your dinner off with quail, accompanied by an apple corn relish and a red wine reduction. You can further avoid the average beef-pork-chicken trap and order the pan-roasted duck breast for dinner. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

9. Swish Shabu

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86 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 236-0255
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Ostrich Hot Pot: Quick! When’s the last time you had ostrich? If you can’t remember right away, it’s been too long. At Swish Shabu, you can have your ostrich and cook it too in one of 13 different bubbling, soupy broths and all the necessary hot pot accompaniments. [Photo: Thrillist]

10. The Butcher Shop

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552 Tremont St
Boston, MA
(617) 423-4800
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Gamebird en Croûte: As part of the Charcuterie a la Carte, you can pair this gamey bite in pâte form with some wine, a selection of cheeses, and South End people-watching. Still hungry? Grab some meats to go from the back wall, which has a selection at the ready for purchase. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

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1. Giulia

1682 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Vermont Quail with Pork Sausage: Named after the street in Rome where the owners decided to officially open a restaurant, Giulia serves their quail alongside some Umbrian lentils, cipollini, and saba. If pasta is more your speed, opt for the pappardelle with wild boar. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
1682 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Puritan & Co.

1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Chicken-Fried Quail: Paired with grilled shishito peppers, parsnips, and gravy, this play off of the Southern classic holds the chicken and makes quail the star. Word on the street is that they will also be adding a pheasant dish to the menu later this month, so be on the lookout! [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Lucca

226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113
Ravioli: Stuffed with a red pepper ricotta filling, this Italian dumpling is then topped off with braised wild boar, agrodolce, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil. Braised boar can also be found atop the rigatoni in their late night menu. You know, just in case your craving strikes outside of normal dinnertime hours. [Photo: Official Site]
226 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113

4. The Tip Tap Room

138 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114
Boar Meatballs and More: In addition to daily game specials, you can dine on boar meatballs served in a spicy ginger cilantro broth, or you can order the antelope meatloaf, topped with cranberry jalapeño au jus and served alongside a crispy and cheesy potato cake. Pair your game dinner with a draft beer from The Tip Tap Room’s lengthy list to make your evening complete. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
138 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114

5. Umbria Prime

295 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110
Pappardelle: This wide noodle favorite gets a bath in a wild boar ragú before it arrives at your table. Not in a pasta mood? No problem. Settle on the coffee-crusted buffalo ribeye instead. [Photo: Official Site]
295 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110

6. Meritage

Boston, MA 02110
Prosciutto-Wrapped Venison: According to the restaurant’s unique menu, which presents its food offerings by how each dish pairs with particular wines, this pork-wrapped game is intended to pair well with a robust glass of red wine and is served with a beluga lentil ragout and sauteed spinach with a red wine sauce. [Photo: Official Site]

7. Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

48 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111
Venison Shepherd's Pie: If it’s shepherd's pie you’re after, Stoddard’s is offering their take on the classic, made with venison, root vegetable puree, and sweet corn. Try pairing this dish with a cocktail from their extensive list — or a beer. Or both. [Photo: Facebook]
48 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111

8. Forum

755 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Soy Sesame Roasted Quail: You can start your dinner off with quail, accompanied by an apple corn relish and a red wine reduction. You can further avoid the average beef-pork-chicken trap and order the pan-roasted duck breast for dinner. [Photo: Meg Jones Wall]
755 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

9. Swish Shabu

86 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215
Ostrich Hot Pot: Quick! When’s the last time you had ostrich? If you can’t remember right away, it’s been too long. At Swish Shabu, you can have your ostrich and cook it too in one of 13 different bubbling, soupy broths and all the necessary hot pot accompaniments. [Photo: Thrillist]
86 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215

10. The Butcher Shop

552 Tremont St, Boston, MA
Gamebird en Croûte: As part of the Charcuterie a la Carte, you can pair this gamey bite in pâte form with some wine, a selection of cheeses, and South End people-watching. Still hungry? Grab some meats to go from the back wall, which has a selection at the ready for purchase. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
552 Tremont St
Boston, MA

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