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Best foie gras dishes in DC area


I'm a Californian traveling to DC in late March. Because of the ban on foie gras in CA, I'm hoping to eat as much as possible when I'm there. Can people recommend good foie dishes/restaurants in the DC area?


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  1. Bastille does an app terrine of foie-gras maison, pain d’Epices, with macerated fruits. Anything bigger than an app portion and you'll need to see a doctor.

    1. Cedar usually does a pretty good one. It changes based on Chef McCloud's mood, but I've always enjoyed it. They even made sure it was included in the 5 and 7 course meals whenever I asked for it to be substituted.

      1. Proof.

        Rogue and Minibar do interesting foie gras dishes, but neither are places I would recommend where the goal is "to each as much as possible".

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          definitely not minibar - I ate there WAAAAAAY back when they were doing the sugar cube sized bit on a stick wrapped in cotton candy and there was some minced in a demitasse of soup.

          great flavors, but certainly not in any quantity.

          1. re: hill food

            Thanks, everyone, for the recommendations. I'll check them out. It doesn't need to be a full meal of foie or in massive amounts, my goal is just one dish with foie gras per day....super healthy...

            1. re: jtikky

              The foie at Charlie Palmer, served with warm corn bread and apple sauce, was really good. The rest of the meal was disappointing but perfect if you're just looking for foie.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            Foie was not served as part of the Journey menu at Rogue when I went last month.

          3. Le Diplomat has an incredibly delicious and incredibly decadent foie gras parfait on their appetizer menu. Would be a great way to start a meal or could be a meal in and of itself with a cocktail and a side salad.

            1. Green Pig Bistro in Clarendon had a great duck dish with foie, but not sure if it is still on the menu, and just outside DC in Arlington.

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              1. re: ktmoomau

                Thanks, didn't see it on the menu, but we'll be staying in Arlington, so I'll stop in and see

              2. Fiola does Foie really well, usually in more than one dish. Menu changes constantly but current one has it as an appatizer, in a soup and in a duck entree.

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                1. re: holdtheline

                  Great, thank you. This place looks excellent

                  1. re: holdtheline

                    I had it in an appetizer the other day: foie gras mousse stuffed into dates, served with very good prosciutto. Great dish: creamy, salty, chewy, sweet, yum.

                      1. re: jtikky

                        Yes - I was responding to holdtheline who mentioned Fiola.


                  2. I don't know if any of these are the best ways to uses foie gras, but they're pretty unusual.


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                    1. Thanks for starting this thread. We, too, are Californians missing our foie, and coming to DC in April. Appetizer size is fine, but we might want it more than once during our week in DC and northern Virginia.

                      1. I don't go very often due the cost but Marcel's has one of my favorite foie gras preparations.

                        1. I second Le Diplomate's foie gras parfait.

                          The mussels and creme brulee were also fantastic. Don't try the burger unless you love Big Macs.

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                          1. re: ALargeFarva

                            It's in the style of a Big Mac but a clearly more gourmet don't you think? It's a flat double patty if that's what you mean. The taste is FAR superior than a Big Mac though. Personally I don't order the burger at Le Diplomat because I would much rather order one of their many amazing french bistro dishes but I've tried it when others have ordered it and think calling it a Big Mac with adding the gourmet or high-end title way under sells it.

                            Plus Joe Biden loves it! haha

                            1. re: Elyssa

                              I agree it was much better in all aspects than a Big Mac. You'd have to pay me 100 bucks to eat a Big Mac at McDonald's. While it was gourmet, it was nevertheless a gourmet Big Mac.

                              It was comprised of 2 all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles on a.... brioche bun. That's a Big Mac, minus the sesame seed bun.

                              If you like Big Macs, I definitely recommend it. If not, get something else.

                          2. I just had the foie gras with pearl pasta risotto at Central. It was really good. It was studded with chunks of foie gras, mushrooms, and both shaved and crisped parmesan.