The Foie Gras Ban Countdown Begins

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A foie gras gyoza from Alexander's Steakhouse.
You have five and a half months left to eat foie gras.

Back in 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law SF-1520, which banned the sale and production of foie gras. The law was simultaneously hailed and condemned by animal rights groups because it gave restaurants and the state's only foie gras producer, Sonoma Artisan Foie Gras, seven and a half years before SB-1250 took effect -- on July 1, 2012. Restaurants and many diners decried the law, but then most of us forgot about it. SFoodie suspects that won't be true for much longer.

While we're waiting to see if San Francisco's restaurant community will organize a campaign to overturn the law, we'll be surveying local restaurants still serving it on their menus. For instance:

Chez Spencer
Foie gras au torchon with vanilla-scented blackberries and pain de campagne ($19)

Spruce
Hudson Valley foie gras with vadouvan waffle, pear jelly, and pistachio ($23)

Le Zinc
Terrine of foie gras with toasted pain de mie ($16)

Salt House
Milk-cured torchon with pear purée, served with seared foie gras with huckleberries and brioche toast ($23)

Alexander's Steakhouse
Foie gras mousse with white nectarines, honey vinegar, lotus root, and praline ($22)
Seared Hudson Valley foie gras with grilled eryngi mushrooms, chanterelles, yuzu buttermilk, and Noble no. 5 ($22)
Hot and cold foie gras duo: $40
On the $245 omakase menu, there's also a foie gras mousse with preserved kumquat, fennel pollen, and mint

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Salt House

545 Mission(at First St.), San Francisco, CA

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Grubsfchef
Grubsfchef

We've been making Foie Gras since civilization in Egypt. It's in the hieroglyphs!

I guarantee that foie will be served on the sly at the top restaurants in San Francisco.

Guest
Guest

F U C  K PETA AND ALL THE OTHER "ANIMAL RIGHTS" A-HOLES!!!

These lame dou ch e bags need to mind their own effin' business!

I love foie gras and will QUADRUPLE my consumption just to show these officious intermeddling c o ck su ckers!

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Max

The Fatted Calf (on Oak, at Gough) has foie gras, fresh and au torchon, although you have to take it out. It's cheaper that way, and all you need is some bread and red wine and you're set.

Jeromerivoire
Jeromerivoire

garcon on valencia st serves an amazing pan seared foie gras with pomegranate, celery root puree and toasted brioche. check it out. www.garconsf.com

Sebastian
Sebastian

Good riddance to foie gras. If it weren't bad enough that to produce it you have to shove a pipe down the ducks' throats and force-feed them until they're on the verge of organ rupture (good job leaving out the reason for the opposition by the way), it should be criminal to spend $50 a pound to gorge on some unnecessary food just because you like the taste. July 1 can't come soon enough.

Dgee88
Dgee88

What business is of yours what I choose to eat? If you don't agree with it then don't eat it MORON!!! So much for living in a free country.

Keto-jen
Keto-jen

None of your business, unless it is your liver we are talking about. Want to lay out all your choices, and let me decide which ones shouldbecriminal?

Christina Wodtke
Christina Wodtke

how contrary... hog, chicken and beef industrial production is less humanitarian, dirty and cruel and is the cause of all sorts of disease as well as animal suffering, and yet we ban this one item that's keeps one tiny business afloat.  I guess if you aren't big enough to fight back you lose. 

Learn more about why this is not the problem we should be fighting http://www.seriouseats.com/201...and I wish we'd focus on feed lots instead!

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