Best Exotic Meats - 2011
Michael Pollan and Jonathan Safran Foer have helped bring ethically raised meat into the popular consciousness in recent years. Less publicized has been the rise in demand for more "exotic" meats — alligator, rattlesnake and the like. Well, at Harmony Farms you can find it all. Having been in the butcher business since 1972, the family-owned shop not only has cut-to-order, hormone-free, organic, free-range and top-shelf meats, but it also has all sorts of wild-game options, be it hare, elk, antelope, reindeer or, yes, gator and snake. Basically, if you believe factory farming is a horrendous modern scourge, you've got a lot of options here. In fact, say you're a serious Pollan disciple and have shot a boar but lack the knowledge (and time) to slaughter and prepare the thing for human consumption yourself. Don't worry, Harmony Farms also offers custom game processing. Bon appétit! 2824 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta. (818) 248-3068, harmonyfarmsonline.com.