I just went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming last year and had wonderful buffalo meat as burgers and as steaks. I am looking for other destinations that are known for serving Buffalo for my next vacation. I can but the meat around here where I live in Virginia but I want to go somewhere buffalo meat is a well known "treat". Can anyone recommend some other places to partake in buffalo meat that aren't just tourist traps? I am looking for fine dining kinda places.


Considering that American Buffalo's grazing grounds span nearly entire United States you will find lots of places that grow them and lots of places that can serve them.

There are places where you can hunt buffalo.

There are places that grow and sell buffalo meats like Wild Idea Buffalo Co in South Dakota. But I am sure that if you ask the locals they might just point you to a direction of some hole in the wall mom-and-pop shops that would serve buffalo.

If you are looking for restaurants you can probably find places like Ruby House all over the place. I know that South Dakota is somewhat a somewhat touristy state but going to plains states just to eat buffalo doesn't seem like a thing to do.

  • Thanks for the feedback. I am looking for places that are known for fine dining and not so much hole in the wall places. I hadn't really thought of South Dakota as being a touristy state but will keep it in mind. – Heather Walker Feb 20 '12 at 4:25
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    @HeatherWalker I am surprised. Mount Rushmore, There is also Badlands – Karlson Feb 20 '12 at 4:30
  • I've seen Bison meat available in many restaurants, but never in a "hole in the wall," as it's usually more expensive than beef. – Flimzy Feb 20 '12 at 8:45
  • I've ate buffalo burgers in a diner in West Yellowstone back in '04. Not exactly upscale, in the UK it'd be pubfood class :) – jwenting Feb 20 '12 at 11:20
  • @Flimzy Normally where there is not enough of a Buffalo presence you won't find it in a "hole in the wall" types. But in plain states I am reasonably sure you could. – Karlson Feb 20 '12 at 16:19

Fuddruckers, a national chain in the US with around 200 restaurants, has a menu called Fudds Exotics which include buffalo burgers (which were delicious), elk burgers (which I found a little dry), and wild boar burgers (haven't tried yet). The one nearest me (Phoenix metro area) also had lamb burgers the last time I was there.

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