It’s that time of year again: time for us to appreciate the variety and beauty of wild animals… with our mouths. Time to taste the bunny, the bambi, the boar, and the buckshot. Bite down carefully, and bite here, at the following selection of game-savvy restaurants preferred by our gang of contributing advisors.

Five Six Great for Wild Game

  1. Le Repaire de Cartouche – Whether you like your lièvre (hare) with foie gras or à la royale (with blood sauce), Rodolphe Paquin will be serving a slate of sturdy fare all season long. Outstanding wine list, too.
  2. Chez l’Ami Jean – the menu for a single dinner might include biche (deer), palombe (pigeon), perdreau (partridge) and lièvre, along with ten other dishes. Game or no game, Stéphane Jego ain’t playing.
  3. Chez Michel – Like Jego, chef Thierry Breton is usually cooking half a dozen different forest creatures on any given autumn night. The oven-warmed dining room is a cozy place to devour them on cold evenings.
  4. Philou (tied with the two following places) – always seasonal, the cuisine of Philippe Damas really shines in the autumn, and his wine list holds plenty of affordable interest.
  5. A la Biche au Bois – as the name implies, there be deer in this here forest. And wild boar with chestnuts. And good cheese…
  6. Au Petit Marguery – autumn seems to be the only time that anybody talks about this place. Le Figaro called their lièvre à la royale a “plaisir vampire.”

Runners up (in order): La Grande Cascade, La CerisaieLe Comptoir du RelaisLa Régalade/La Régalade – St. HonoréSpring Restaurant.

Rejects: Auberge Bressane, Michel Rostang

About our process: For each topic, we begin with a little research to identify options. We then ask our readers, by posting a question in the forum, to offer additional suggestions. From that discussion, we compile a list of candidates and ask our panel of contributing advisors to rank their top choices and identify any rejects. Their rankings are weighted, analyzed, and compiled into a new Five Great post every week. Runners up are places who received more positive votes than negative comments. Rejects are places that received only negative comments with no positive votes.

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