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Recent Openers January 15-21, 2015 

Wednesday, Jan 14 2015

It's still illegal to produce in Spain, but foie gras is once again legal in California — and once again the controversial fatty goose liver is showing up on 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's a partial list of the foie gras dishes currently being served — one which will no doubt continue to grow.

Keep in mind there may be protesters. PETA was out in force at One Market last week, even though the restaurant had not yet begun offering a foie gras dish on its menu.

Currently Serving Foie Gras

4505 Meats (Western Addition): "Foiedom fries" are a perfect accompaniment to duck and chicken boudin blanc sausages studded with foie gras.

Californios (Mission): This brand-new upscale Mexican restaurant is serving foie gras ice cream with apple pieces and crumble.

Chapeau! (Inner Richmond): It is also available with a duck confit salad and with filet mignon, and servers here have been known to bring slices of foie gras to diners as special treats.

Cockscomb (SOMA): Of course Chris Cosentino's new temple to any and all animal parts is serving it.

Dirty Habit (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.

Goose & Gander (St. Helena): As the name would suggest, foie was rather central to the mission of this St. Helena standout. It's serving seared foie gras for lunch and dinner.

Hapa Ramen (Mission): Besides posting a Tumblr to its haters and taunting them on Twitter, the two-month old ramen shop is serving grated foie on its ramen, too.

Hog & Rocks (Mission): $24 is a lot for a freaking hamburger, but chef Robin Song goes slumming by slapping it 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.)

Humphry Slocombe (Mission/Ferry Building): Already sold out of its famous foie gras ice cream sandwiches, but will roll them out them again this weekend.

Jardinière (Hayes Valley): Traci de Jardins and company are serving a foie gras terrine for $30.

La Toque (Napa): Take a 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.

Les Clos (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

Atelier Crenn (Marina): Dominique Crenn was known to milk-poach, freeze, and shave foie gras, and pair it with a wide variety of dishes, including cold pea soup or pickled cherries. We're banking on her versatility to make a comeback.

Benu (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.

Le P'Tit Laurent (Glen Park): Formerly a mainstay of this bistro's menu, foie gras terrine with toast seems set to return.

One Market (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.

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