Ultimate Meat Guide: Where to Try Great Exotics

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Exotic meat: Columbus has it in spades. Let one of the city's meat-lovin' chefs prepare something new for dinner tonight.


Unlike some other critters, venison (aka the funkier red meat) is most available in the fall and winter, when it'll be served in restaurants in sausage, steak and roast form, all of them delicious.


Love lamb? Step up to goat. Tandoori Grill's Goat Korma ($12) arrives bathed in a savory, spicy sauce. Sop up every last drop with the restaurant's excellent

3.Wild boar

Try this amped-up version of pork in Bareburger's Hog Wild burger ($10.70), which pairs a wild boar patty with bold accouterments: pimento cheese, a fried egg, chickpea onions and pickled green


The host at DeNovo, where kangaroo has been a menu mainstay from the start, tells us it's milder than venison, with a texture similar to sirloin steak. Try it in the Kangaroo Au Poivre ($15)


Grass-fed beef lovers might have a tough time discerning bison from their protein of choice. For a great compare-contrast, head to Ted's Montana Grill and order the Delicious Duo ($9), two 3-ounce burgers, one bison and one beef, served side by


It's lean, flavorful and can often be used in place of beef. Order an elk burger with fixins of your choice at Kitchen Little, the prepared-foods arm of North Market Poultry and


For this tender, mild game meat, we turn to Refectory chef Richard Blondin, whose ever-changing menu recently included Slow Braised Rabbit Feuillete (a puff pastry treatment) with white wine, mushroom and mustard, for $


Blondin (he's an expert with game meats) employs alpaca regularly in a pate or terrine starter. The flavor is sweet and mild, though haters uncharitably refer to its essence as "cat food."


Does not taste like chicken! More like mild fish. G. Michael's Bistro has been serving fried frog legs ($9) accompanied by broiled baby bok choy, ginger-mustard aioli and spicy pickled pepper