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Mar 31, 2014 05:30 PM

Best current foie gras dishes?

I am visiting from California and would love to know where I can find foie on the menu, especially near downtown. Thanks!

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  1. St. Jack on NW 23rd (outside of downtown, but not far by cab) is a fabulous French bistro and everything there is delicious, including the foie.

    Little Bird, in downtown, offers it as an add-on to their burger, though it does not appear to be on the menu as a stand alone dish.

    Gruner downtown usually has a torchon plate on their menu. Not a huge fan of Gruner overall, but they do have one of the best burgers in town, at lunch or at their bar only.

    Urban Farmer downtown across from Pioneer Square has a torchon appetizer.

    Irving Street Kitchen in the Pearl has an interesting Seared Foie Gras 'PBB&J,' - Spiced Peanut Butter, Tasso Bacon, Apple Jelly, Brioche

    Bluehour in the Pearl also has a torchon appetizer,

    Across the river:

    Lincoln, a great upscale place in North Portland, across the river does foie on it's charcuterie plate, currently as a parfait: foie gras parfait, rabbit liver mousse, pig ear, beef jerky and cured duck breast (PS - I've had that pig ear at their happy hour - it is awesome)

    Laurelhurst Market (a great modern take on a steakhouse with an in-house butchery and where everything - meat and non-meat - is delicious has a torchon app on their menu.

    Le Pigeon and Beast do foie but with different takes - Beast is a multicourse experience and their charcuterie plate features a foie bonbon with Sauternes gelee; Le Pigeon (same chef as Little Bird, more inventive restaurant, this was his first) does it for dessert as profiteroles and smoked as an app (with tofu...ha! ;o).

    An awesome dinner can be had at Ox - and you can start with a foie-topped cocktail: Plus, I think they have a foie terrine on their menu right now.

    There are probably others...happy foie eating!

    3 Replies
    1. re: JillO

      Thank you for all the great suggestions!

      1. re: tastycakes

        Might be worth a call to Little Bird to check on the foie options. Pretty sure it was on the menu on Mar 23 as a separate torchon for $20...

        1. re: grayelf

          Yep, calling first anywhere you go is a good idea. Menus change a lot around here...especially this time of year.

    2. Noisette has had seared foie on its tasting menu traditionally

      1. Hello Fellow Hounds! I'm in the same situation as Tastycakes. I'm coming from LA and I want to maximize my foie gras intake. I wondered if anyone had updates since it's been a while since is this post was active. I personally prefer only the seared foie gras and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

        7 Replies
        1. re: issey

          I think that Levant has seared foie on their current/a recent menu as does clarklewis.

          ...and I would still check in with the restaurants on the list above!

          1. re: JillO

            Unfortunately, I think Levant's seared foie was only during the holidays, though since the menu is updated regularly checking is a good idea.

            1. re: FoodDee

              Looks like you may be able to get it in California after all:


              1. re: FoodDee

                YES!!! I'm so so happy. I Called the restaurant, Animal, who had some the best foie dishes in LA. I'm excited for the return.

          2. re: issey

            Do not miss out on the foie gras profiteroles from Le Pigeon. I know you said you prefer only the seared form, but this is one of the best individual plates. I always make a point of ordering them when I eat there.

            1. re: cbcpapa

              Thank you cbcpapa! I've made reservations at Le Pigeon and I'm looking forward it the dish!

            2. re: issey

              Paley's Place has a very good seared foie on their menu currently (well, as of last week, so you might want to double-check). The Streetcar stops right outside the restaurant so it is easy to reach from downtown.