It's getting a bit late in the month, but I thought some of the chowhounds here might enjoy eating game and other exotic meats. The Game Fest month at the Student Prince and Fort Restaurant in Springfield, MA continues through the end of February. During this time, there is a special menu available which includes items from wild turkey to hassenpfeffer to filet of bear. The standard, mostly-German menu is also available, in case you go with someone who wants more conventional, but still quite good, food.
I was there last week and it lived up to its usual high standards; I'll probably go again before the end of the month. I shared filets of bear and eland, which were both tasty and cooked exactly as we asked, and others in our party had things such as game sausage, game stew, mixed grill of game, and the Schlacht Platte, a giant sampler platter. Side dishes of spaetzle and red cabbage are recommended, but there are plenty of other choices available.
The restaurant has been there since 1935 and has an old-fashioned dark-wood ambiance, decorated with amazing collections of beer steins and bottle openers. The food is good and hearty, and a full bar is available, including some really good beers on tap. It's not cheap, but not outrageous either; we paid around $45 per person, including appetizers, beer and desserts.
The Student Prince and Fort Restaurant is located at 8 Fort Street, Springfield, MA, 413-734-7475. The url below includes a link to the Game Fest menu.
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