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Foie gras in S.F.?

Ritcheyd Oct 29, 2011 03:55 PM

Apparently, foie gras will soon be illegal in CA. so I guess I better head to S.F. and try it while I still can. So my question is - Where would be some of the best places to try foie gras for the first time? Preferably without breaking the bank. I've seen it on the on-line menus at some of the more expensive restaurants there and while I don't mind the occasional splurge, I am on a budget.

Thanks guys!

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    Ritcheyd Nov 1, 2011 03:24 PM

    Sorry if I was a little vague. I actually live in Modesto and I doubt if foie gras is available anywhere around here, unless someone knows something that I'm not aware of.

    And for me, anything over 50 bucks is too pricey. I eat in San Francisco 2 or 3 times a year and can always find something in that price range. But I generally don't have drinks or wine, and usually just share appetizers or desserts. It's not that I'm cheap. I just don't have a big appetite to start with and I don't need the extra calories!

    But, actually, I think a la carte is probably a good idea. Thanks for the tip "baloney".

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    1. re: Ritcheyd
      Robert Lauriston Nov 1, 2011 03:36 PM

      There's a foie gras farm in Stockton, they have a couple of retail outlets there:


      Cheapest place in SF is probably Spencer on the Go, $12 for a torchon, though last time I was down there they were MIA. At Chez Spencer it's $19.

      Chez Spencer
      82 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

      300 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Ritcheyd Nov 2, 2011 05:19 PM

        Wow. Stockton! So close and yet I had never even heard of Grimaud Farms. And thanks for the Chez Spencer tip. I'll definetly make a reservation the next time I'm in S.F.


        Chez Spencer
        82 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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      rebeccakinney Oct 30, 2011 11:11 AM

      You might also consider Lafitte. On 11/26, Chef Russell Jackson is preparing a special foie gras dinner. http://www.lafittesf.com/ It might seem a little pricey but I'm guessing he'll do multiple things with it. Alternately, you can get some of his foie to go.

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        baloney Oct 29, 2011 06:42 PM

        I don't know what your definition of "breaking the bank" is but my favorite foie gras dish is at La Folie. Get the seared foie, it's pretty close to perfection. And you can eat it a la carte at the lounge next door, though it probably ends up being a better deal to get a 3 course meal with it as one of your choices.

        La Folie
        2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

        1. Robert Lauriston Oct 29, 2011 04:30 PM

          Where do you live? It's probably cheaper outside of SF.

          To try it for the first time, I'd just buy a piece at a store and have it on a baguette or good toast.

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