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Untamed Eating: 8 places to enjoy wild game in Utah

Dining » Restaurants reveal a wild side — serving alligator, rattlesnake, yak and more.

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Wild game at Cabela’s, Lehi » Inside this massive outdoor gear emporium, customers can admire the life-size taxidermied deer, moose, wolves and bighorn sheep and then when they get hungry, head to the cafeteria-style restaurant for an elk or bison burger or wild boar deli sandwich. Occasionally there might even be an ostrich special on the menu, said employee Butch Greenfield. The elk burger and bison are similar in taste to beef, said Greenfield. And the boar will appeal to those who like ham, but with a more intense flavor. The burgers and sandwich are $6.99 or $7.99 to $8.99 with sides and a drink.

At a glance

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These Utah restaurants feature wild game on the menu. If you have another suggestion, email it to food@sltrib.com.

Beer Bar » 161 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City; 801-355-2287

BombDiggitys » 1481 W. 12600 South, Riverton; 801-446-2554

Boudreaux’s Bistro » 51 S. Main St., Payson; 801–465-1222

Buffalo Bistro » 305 N. Main St., Glendale; 435-648-2778

Cabela’s » 2502 Cabela’s Blvd., Lehi; 801-766-2500

Café Diablo » 599 Main St., Torrey; 435-425-3070

Hearth on 25th » 195 25th St., Suite 6, Ogden; 801-399-0088

Stein Eriksen Lodge » 7700 Stein Way, Park City; 435-649-3700

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Elk at Beer Bar, Salt Lake City » This new bar, a sister to Salt Lake City’s Bar X, has 13 gourmet sausages on the menu, including an elk bratwurst made using traditional German spices. Salt Lake City chef and butcher Frody Volgger has created other unique options, too: a locally sourced bison bratwirst infused with smoked chile peppers and a lamb and herb bratwurst. They cost $8.50 each and are served on buns made by Salt Lake City’s Eva’s Bakery and topped with house-made mustards.

Beefalo at BombDiggitys, Riverton » Ease into the wild game arena with a hamburger or hot dog made from beefalo, the offspring of traditional cattle and American bison. BombDiggitys owner Doug Reid raises the herd that supplies the restaurant on ranches in Duchesne and Salina. "Beefalo has half the fat and twice the protein," said general manager Kamrun Hermansen. The restaurant also has its own meat case where customers can buy beefalo steaks, roasts and ground beefalo.

Wild Game at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City » One of the first recipes that Chef Zane Holmquist added to the Stein Eriksen menu some 13 years ago was the wild game chili. This bean-free chili is made with a trio of meats — bison, boar and elk — as well as coffee and beer. Together it creates a "unique flavor and texture," said Holmquist, who usually has several other wild game items on the menu. Recently there have been duck and waffles, elk tenderloin and bison carppaccio.


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