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Not just grass...they do that as a much cheaper and much greener alternative to humans with mowers and scythes. Goats eat just about anything vegetative, and you pay them less per hour, so it's good for weed control.

Posted by Simac | August 28, 2008 2:33 PM
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I saw them this morning on the bus! It was great.

Posted by Abby | August 28, 2008 2:34 PM
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How did you miss the approximately 9273761 stories that ran last summer about the nascent goat rental businesses popping up around here, exactly?

Posted by brent | August 28, 2008 2:35 PM
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you can get goat at any halal market - or at the butcher at pike place that's down the stairs from left bank books.

Posted by max solomon | August 28, 2008 2:37 PM
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What exactly makes that recipe "african"?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 28, 2008 2:40 PM
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Goat tastes like goat smells. And maybe the recipe is from Charles.

Posted by P to the J | August 28, 2008 2:45 PM
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why does there have to be a recipe that calls for dead goat at the bottom of this? i think it's great that the city is doing something green/environmentally-friendly/etc. why can't we thank and appreciate the goats rather than see them and think "mmm african goat stew"? we should be grateful that they are helping us out!

Posted by who shot jr? | August 28, 2008 2:48 PM
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I saw them as I was walking home from work this morning and stopped for a few minutes to appreciate their work ethic. Hanging out with friends and family while eating our problems away. What's not to love.

Posted by Enigma | August 28, 2008 2:54 PM
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The goat recipe would be a lot funnier if assholes in Oakland didn't keep shooting the goats the city contracts to clear the hills.

Posted by Dougsf | August 28, 2008 2:54 PM
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No such thing as "African", really. There's not likely to be a ton of similarity between Tanzania, Egypt, and Burkina Faso in the cuisine department.

If you watched the most recent Anthony Bourdain, you can watch a goat being slaughtered right there on the sand in southern Egypt. Head towards Mecca, sharp knife, get every drop of blood out.

Posted by Fnarf | August 28, 2008 2:56 PM
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Abby, why were there goats on the bus?

That's the REAL story!

Posted by michael strangeways | August 28, 2008 3:02 PM
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does this mean from now on we can refer to Matt Hickey as "Goat Expert, Matt Hickey"??!

Posted by josh bomb | August 28, 2008 3:09 PM
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Only if he gets on the Daily Show, josh.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 28, 2008 3:12 PM
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for someone who throws around the word 'retarded ' quite a bit, jonah, i must say it describes your adding a recipe for african goat stew to this otherwise cute post. and no, i don't feel like letting it go.

Posted by scary tyler moore | August 28, 2008 3:13 PM
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Yes. And that's "Marvelous Matt Hickey" to you. Read the post.

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | August 28, 2008 3:13 PM
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You eat meat? How edgy.

Posted by elenchos | August 28, 2008 3:17 PM
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Give me cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys to eat! I've had deer, elk, bear and wild boar and only the boar is something I would eat again. I have never had a hankerin' for goat, sheep, lamb, veal, rabbit, dog, cat, monkey, or squirrel. If I'd have it as a pet I don't want to eat it.

Posted by elswinger | August 28, 2008 3:20 PM
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elenchos makes a wisecrack about someone being edgy. Ironic?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 28, 2008 3:26 PM
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Free range goat, yes! Freeway goat, well.. It just doesn't seem like such a good idea as a food source.

Posted by kinaidos | August 28, 2008 3:27 PM
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That's the whole point of goats, and to a lesser extent all ruminants -- converting stuff we can't eat (grass) into stuff we can (delicious meat). Goats are fantastic nutrient conversion machines. You wouldn't want to eat the grass by the freeway, but the goats'd be fine. Goat is delicious.

Posted by Fnarf | August 28, 2008 3:32 PM
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fuck jonah do you read any other seattle sites?

Posted by blinders | August 28, 2008 3:39 PM
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Again for anyone who's curious about eating goat meat for the first time I feel I must point out that the goat tacos at Taco Gringos is one of the best tasting things in Seattle. Especially if you're walking home wasted at 3AM. In the last two months I've had their goat, rabbit, tongue, duck, crab, fish, tacos. All but the tongue were great. I hear they're getting whale soon.*


* Trollbait

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | August 28, 2008 3:42 PM
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@22: I really liked the tongue, personally. It's one of my favorites and I'm always excited when I see it on the menu as I'm walking/stumbling past...

Posted by Abby | August 28, 2008 3:48 PM
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But where did they come from? And how the hell did they end up on the side of the highway? Perhaps even more pressing, where did they go from there?!?

Posted by ohtacoma | August 28, 2008 4:11 PM
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When I was very young, my grandparents had a small farm with a goat near the vegetable garden. We called him Billy, of course. One day Billy was not there near the garden nibbling on the grass. We ate him for Sunday dinner.

Posted by CommonKnowledge | August 28, 2008 4:11 PM
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Circle of life.

Posted by mint chocolate chip | August 28, 2008 4:21 PM
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@22,

Dolphin is better bait. They're cuter, they can perform tricks, and they get caught in tuna nets so serving dolphin at a restaurant seems more plausible.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 28, 2008 4:22 PM
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dear jonah. if you can't read other seattle blogs, please at least read slog occasionally.

http://slog.thestranger.com/2008/08/goats_downtown


Posted by the stranger | August 28, 2008 4:25 PM
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@28 Who the fuck reads Slog?

Posted by Jonah S | August 28, 2008 4:49 PM
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I wish they were fainting goats! Those things are AWESOME! and HILARIOUS!!!

Posted by Flinga | August 28, 2008 5:37 PM
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I have been informed by unimpeachable witnesses that I am an old goat. Who wants to eat me?

Posted by Fnarf | August 28, 2008 5:54 PM
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Jonah Die in a fire; you're the hugest hack ever. You make Eli Sanders look brilliant.

Posted by Non | August 28, 2008 6:36 PM

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