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Detroit's Extreme Meats: Mapped

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Beef, chicken, and pork are great, but sometimes the "normal" cuts and meats can get a little boring. For The Five Days Of Meat it would be unfair to only focus on the usual, especially when there are so many other delicious animals (and animal bits) out there. So put down the chicken leg, put away the steak, and step into the world of unusual proteins, organ meat, and more, with the Extreme Meat Map.

These are the restaurants, take out spots, and in one case a bakery, where something a little different, but definitely delicious, is on offer. Think camel, pigs feet, liver, wild boar, tripe, bone marrow, tongue, and that's just some of it. Leave your own suggestions for great places to find and eat the "unusual" (it's all relative) and remember, there's a guy supposedly selling fresh raccoon near Eastern Market, so the adventure can start at home. But it's probably best to get some ideas from these experts first.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Quail, Venison, and Boar at The Moose Preserve

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43034 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
(248) 858-7688
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A favorite spot to eat wild game, try venison, quail, and wild boar all on one plate in their Road Kill Grill dish. It comes with a bumper sticker too. (No, really, it does). [Photo]

2. Foie Gras at Forest Grill

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735 Forest Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 258-9400
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Foie Gras, duck or goose liver, is one of the world's great delicacies, and a controversial one to boot. It's not for everyone, but it's like eating nothing else. Forest Grill serves theirs with a jelly made from sauternes (the sweet wine one traditionally drinks with the dish) and toasted baguette. [Photo]

3. Pig Feet at Hong Hua

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27925 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 489-2280
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The Chinese menu supposedly has different items than the English one, but don't be afraid to ask for the pigs feet if they don't seem to be on the English menu, they exist! Cooked slowly in sauce, it's not a part of the pig most people regularly eat, but branching out is important, so give it a try. [Photo]

4. Haggis at Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery

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25566 5 Mile Rd
Redford, MI 48239
(313) 532-1181
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Don't be scared of Haggis! The Scottish equivalent of paté, the filling is made from lamb liver, heart, and rib meat, with onions and spices. Serve it warm and eat it with crackers or fresh Akcroyd's Bakery bread. [Photo]

5. Oxtail at Caribbean Citchen

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10500 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 345-3746
They have goat and cow's foot on the menu too, but most people come for the oxtail, which is exactly what it sounds like, meat from the tail of a cow. Their version isn't fancy, but it's tender and flavorful, so give it a try. [Photo]

6. Rabbit at Cadieux Cafe

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4300 Cadieux Rd
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 882-8560
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In Europe rabbit is as normal as chicken or beef, but here in the USA it's harder to find. Cadieux Café serves a Belgian rabbit dinner every single Sunday night, so head over and try this surprisingly sweet and flavorful meat. [Photo]

7. Bone Marrow at Roast

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1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500
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Bone marrow doesn't sound immediately edible, but trust us, it's amazing. Served roasted in the bone, it's sprinkled with parsley and is scooped out and spread on crostini. In a word? Decadent. [Photo]

8. Mystery Meat at Green Dot Stables

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2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 965-1523
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Sliders aren't extreme, but the mystery meat of the week at Green Dot certainly can be! Think kangaroo, reindeer, camel, llama, lamb neck, elk, wild boar, duck, bison...it changes every week, and the only thing constant is that it's delicious. [Photo]

9. Goat at El Barzon Restaurante

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3710 Junction St
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 894-2070
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Much like rabbit, goat is a pretty normal protein in most of the world, but not around these parts. Try their stewed goat, served with tortillas and toppings, and see why everyone else eats so much of it. [Photo]

10. Tongue, Heart, and Tripe Tacos at Taqueria Nuestra Familia

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7620 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 842-5668
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Step away from the pork, chicken, and shredded beef tacos, and say hello to something a little different. Dig in to a beef tongue, beef heart, or tripe (cow stomach) taco, served street style in a warm tortilla with cilantro and onion. [Photo]

1. Quail, Venison, and Boar at The Moose Preserve

43034 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
A favorite spot to eat wild game, try venison, quail, and wild boar all on one plate in their Road Kill Grill dish. It comes with a bumper sticker too. (No, really, it does). [Photo]
43034 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

2. Foie Gras at Forest Grill

735 Forest Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
Foie Gras, duck or goose liver, is one of the world's great delicacies, and a controversial one to boot. It's not for everyone, but it's like eating nothing else. Forest Grill serves theirs with a jelly made from sauternes (the sweet wine one traditionally drinks with the dish) and toasted baguette. [Photo]
735 Forest Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

3. Pig Feet at Hong Hua

27925 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
The Chinese menu supposedly has different items than the English one, but don't be afraid to ask for the pigs feet if they don't seem to be on the English menu, they exist! Cooked slowly in sauce, it's not a part of the pig most people regularly eat, but branching out is important, so give it a try. [Photo]
27925 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

4. Haggis at Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery

25566 5 Mile Rd, Redford, MI 48239
Don't be scared of Haggis! The Scottish equivalent of paté, the filling is made from lamb liver, heart, and rib meat, with onions and spices. Serve it warm and eat it with crackers or fresh Akcroyd's Bakery bread. [Photo]
25566 5 Mile Rd
Redford, MI 48239

5. Oxtail at Caribbean Citchen

10500 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221
They have goat and cow's foot on the menu too, but most people come for the oxtail, which is exactly what it sounds like, meat from the tail of a cow. Their version isn't fancy, but it's tender and flavorful, so give it a try. [Photo]
10500 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221

6. Rabbit at Cadieux Cafe

4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit, MI 48224
In Europe rabbit is as normal as chicken or beef, but here in the USA it's harder to find. Cadieux Café serves a Belgian rabbit dinner every single Sunday night, so head over and try this surprisingly sweet and flavorful meat. [Photo]
4300 Cadieux Rd
Detroit, MI 48224

7. Bone Marrow at Roast

1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Bone marrow doesn't sound immediately edible, but trust us, it's amazing. Served roasted in the bone, it's sprinkled with parsley and is scooped out and spread on crostini. In a word? Decadent. [Photo]
1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Mystery Meat at Green Dot Stables

2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216
Sliders aren't extreme, but the mystery meat of the week at Green Dot certainly can be! Think kangaroo, reindeer, camel, llama, lamb neck, elk, wild boar, duck, bison...it changes every week, and the only thing constant is that it's delicious. [Photo]
2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216

9. Goat at El Barzon Restaurante

3710 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48210
Much like rabbit, goat is a pretty normal protein in most of the world, but not around these parts. Try their stewed goat, served with tortillas and toppings, and see why everyone else eats so much of it. [Photo]
3710 Junction St
Detroit, MI 48210

10. Tongue, Heart, and Tripe Tacos at Taqueria Nuestra Familia

7620 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
Step away from the pork, chicken, and shredded beef tacos, and say hello to something a little different. Dig in to a beef tongue, beef heart, or tripe (cow stomach) taco, served street style in a warm tortilla with cilantro and onion. [Photo]
7620 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

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