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Best foie gras dishes in DC area

jtikky Feb 7, 2014 09:57 AM


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. monkeyrotica RE: jtikky Feb 7, 2014 10:33 AM

    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.

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      dinwiddie RE: jtikky Feb 7, 2014 01:03 PM

      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. ipsedixit RE: jtikky Feb 7, 2014 08:46 PM


        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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          hill food RE: ipsedixit Feb 8, 2014 11:08 AM

          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.

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            jtikky RE: hill food Feb 9, 2014 09:30 AM

            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...

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              shake N baik RE: jtikky Feb 9, 2014 08:26 PM

              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.

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                jtikky RE: shake N baik Feb 10, 2014 08:28 AM

                Sounds delicious, thanks!

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            shake N baik RE: ipsedixit Feb 9, 2014 08:20 PM

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

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            Elyssa RE: jtikky Feb 10, 2014 10:45 AM

            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. ktmoomau RE: jtikky Feb 10, 2014 02:34 PM

              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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                jtikky RE: ktmoomau Feb 12, 2014 07:17 PM

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

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                holdtheline RE: jtikky Feb 11, 2014 08:46 AM

                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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                  jtikky RE: holdtheline Feb 12, 2014 07:20 PM

                  Great, thank you. This place looks excellent

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                    VaPaula RE: holdtheline Feb 16, 2014 04:57 AM

                    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.

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                      jtikky RE: VaPaula Feb 16, 2014 01:54 PM

                      At Fiola?

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                        VaPaula RE: jtikky Feb 17, 2014 05:23 PM

                        Yes - I was responding to holdtheline who mentioned Fiola.


                  2. monkeyrotica RE: jtikky Feb 11, 2014 11:01 AM

                    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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                      jtikky RE: monkeyrotica Feb 12, 2014 07:20 PM

                      Great link, thanks!

                    2. Ms. Verde RE: jtikky Feb 14, 2014 04:02 PM

                      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.

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                        hm212 RE: jtikky Feb 16, 2014 08:13 PM

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

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                          ALargeFarva RE: jtikky Feb 20, 2014 11:45 PM

                          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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                            Elyssa RE: ALargeFarva Feb 23, 2014 06:28 AM

                            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

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                              ALargeFarva RE: Elyssa Feb 23, 2014 04:36 PM

                              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. dacfood RE: jtikky Feb 26, 2014 04:46 AM

                            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.

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