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Prepared Foie Gras in San Diego

philhh Jul 9, 2008 04:17 PM

This is very strange, but my post completely disappeared from the board...not sure if someone pulled it for some reason?

I'm craving some Foie right now and am about to be a bachelor for a week, so I'll actually be able to get to a restaurant (we have two very young children and don't go out to eat very often for dinner).

Do you have an opinion of whose is the best? I live in Escondido but have no problem going anywhere in San DIego.

I definitely second someone's recommendation of Piatti for sweetbreads as the best in San Diego, so I'm hoping there are opinions on my beloved foie gras!

Thanks all!


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    mimosa RE: philhh Jul 9, 2008 04:21 PM

    I don't know if it's always on the menu but I've had great foie gras at Cavaillon in Santa Luz. I prefer it seared versus terrine and theirs was done perfectly with a fairly nice portion as I recall.

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      honkman RE: mimosa Jul 9, 2008 04:36 PM

      Glad to hear that you liked the sweetbreads at Piatti.
      I second the recommendation for foie gras at Cavaillon. I also had excellent foie gras several times at The Better Half as an appetizer and as part of an entree (one nice combination was with veal cheek which worked really well). Arterra has also often good foie gras on their menu.

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        philhh RE: honkman Jul 9, 2008 04:49 PM

        Thanks guys! Cavaillon is a terrific recommendation. I've been there a couple of times for some erobertparker.com wine dinners...terrific.

        I haven't made it to Arterra yet...might be a good time, and I've never heard of the Better Half!

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          honkman RE: philhh Jul 9, 2008 05:35 PM

          I would also recommend the 5-course tasting menu at Cavaillon. It often includes foie gras and is a bargain for $56. We had it on Sunday in was great. Cavaillon is my second favorite restaurant beside The Better Half in SD in the moment escpecially since they eliminated the horrible serivce.

    2. Captain Jack RE: philhh Jul 9, 2008 05:01 PM

      I'll third Cavaillon, and also add Tapenade as an equally delectable option. Too bad you missed the Foie Gras Tasting menu at Cavaillon in May, it was excellent. I covered it on my blog. Good to hear from another bloated liver fan.


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        philhh RE: Captain Jack Jul 9, 2008 05:14 PM

        What???? A Foie tasting at Cavaillon and I missed it? Unbelievable. If anyone wants to join me, maybe we can convince the chef to do a mini tasting!

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        normalheightsfoodie RE: philhh Jul 9, 2008 05:18 PM

        We recently had it at La Bastid in Scripps Ranch, it was very good.

        La Bastide
        10006 Scripps Ranch Blvd, San Diego, CA 92131

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          keena RE: normalheightsfoodie Jul 9, 2008 05:59 PM

          Tapenade has excellent foie gras and pretty much everything else too.

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          escondido123 RE: philhh Jul 10, 2008 12:15 PM

          Since you are in Escondido, you might want to try Tango on Grand. They don't always have foie gras, but you could always call and see. Nice place to sit at the bar if you are by yourself.

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            fauteuil RE: philhh Jul 10, 2008 01:58 PM

            I'll second the Better Half rec, though when we got it we had to call and request it ahead of time.

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              honkman RE: fauteuil Jul 10, 2008 02:47 PM

              They have currently foie gras as an appetizer on the regular menu with a similar salad as with the pork belly appetizer

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              bethsd RE: philhh Jul 11, 2008 02:55 PM

              We went to Cowboy Star recently and had really good sweetbreads for an appetizer and then a totally decadent main course of scallops topped with foie. We were sharing and 3 of us were practically stabbing each other with our forks trying to get to the scallops.

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