Amazingly, it’s still illegal to produce in Spain, but foie gras is once again showing up on California restaurant plates outside of the secret demimonde of forbidden pleasures. If you're the sort of person who seeks such pleasures, you might be wondering just where you can get it, so here are the foie gras dishes currently being served, with seven highlights we expect to see again soon.
One thing to note: There may be protesters. PETA was out in full force at One Market
yesterday, even though the restaurant has not yet begun offering a foie gras dish on its menu just yet.
Currently Serving Foie Gras
(Mission). This brand-new upscale Mexican restaurant wasted no time. They're already serving foie gras ice cream with apple pieces and crumble.
(Inner Richmond). Available with a duck confit salad and with filet mignon, the servers here have been known to bring out slices of foie gras to diners as special treats.
(SoMa). Chef David Bazirgan’s $85 five-course foie gras menu was one-night only, but for a restaurant that already serves duck liver torchon and seared duck liver, expect more.
(Western Addition). Irony bumped its noggin on the ceiling with “foiedom fries,” the perfect accompaniment to duck and chicken Boudin Blanc sausages studded with foie gras.
(Union Square). Chef Chris Jones jumped on the liver bandwagon with a dish of La Belle Farms foie gras, morels, burn leeks, espellete, and mushroom gastrique.
Goose & Gander
(St. Helena). As the name would suggest, foie gras was rather central to the mission of this St. Helena standout. They’re serving seared foie gras for both lunch and dinner.
(Mission). Besides posting a Tumblr
to their haters (hmm, wonder what that could be about) and taunting them
on Twitter, the two-month old ramen shop is actually serving foie gras, too.
Hog & Rocks
(Mission). Chef Robin Song's $17 burger goes slumming by slapping foie gras on top of American cheese. (Uncannily, this menu item preceded the lifting of the ban by only two days, and skirted it by providing the foie gras gratis.)
(Hayes Valley). Traci de Jardins and company are serving a foie gras terrine for $30.
(Napa). Take a little spin up north and thank (or yell at) chef Ken Frank for his efforts in getting the ban overturned. La Toque’s four- and five-course tasting menus now include a seared New York foie gras with persimmon and cherry vinegar oolong broth, paired with a 2006 Sauternes.
(SoMa). The wine bar from Saison veterans instantly put a torchon of foie gras back on the menu, as a small or large plate, served with prunes, apple butter and pickled chanterelles.
Served Foie Gras in the Past and May Yet Again
(Marina). Dominique Crenn was known to milk-poach, freeze and shave foie gras, and pair it with a wide variety of things, including cold pea soup or pickled cherries. We’re banking on her versatility to make a comeback.
(SoMa). Chef Corey Lee’s foie gras xiaolongbao (Shanghai dumplings) were widely considered to be ethereal, with Michael Bauer calling them “astounding
” in his four-star review.
Craftsman & Wolves
(Mission). Having opened just before the ban went into place, this patisserie teased us with The Devil Within, a muffin with foie gras and caramel inside. Hank Williams never tasted so buttery, so anserine.
(Mission/Ferry Building) had foie gras ice cream sandwiches, and plans to roll them out
Le P’Tit Laurent
(Glen Park). Formerly a mainstay of this bistro’s menu, foie gras terrine with toast seems set to return.
(Embarcadero). Once the ship comes in, Chef Mark Dommen will be pan-searing his foie gras and plating it with duck dashi broth and seaweed.
Presidio Social Club
(Presidio). Owing to its curious position in a national park, Presidio Social Club claimed not to be under the jurisdiction of California law, and served foie gras sliders openly until March 2013. But they’re probably coming back.