The Big 4's Wild Game Week, May 12-16 (or DIY)

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Wild game week returns to the The Big 4 restaurant in the Huntington Hotel (1075 California at Taylor) from Tuesday, May 12, through Saturday, May 16. The dishes on this year's menu range from such relatively normal meats as rabbit, quail, boar, antelope, buffalo, and elk to serious exotica such as "Nigerian salt prawn," Brazilian pacu, sika deer (originally native to Japan), and Himalayan yak.

An appetizer and entree will set you back $55-65, and desserts from the regular menu are $9-10. The restaurant is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and you can make reservations online or by calling 771-1140.

If those prices are too steep for your budget, consider buying your own game to cook at home. Big 4's antelope and sika deer come from Texas's Broken Arrow Ranch, and you can buy a wide variety of game including wild turkey, pheasant, caribou (reindeer), wild boar, elk, alligator, and kangaroo from SF's own Polarica.

In case you were wondering, "the Big Four" were the 19th century San Francisco plutocrats Collis P. Huntington, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker, who were instrumental in the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad and lived in the neighborhood.

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