Just like Prohibition increased the demand for booze, so it goes with Califnornia and foie gras. A federal judge unexpectedly threw out the state’s ban on foie at the beginning of this year, and chefs have been celebrating with an ongoing fatty-duck-liver fiesta ever since.

Animal, a Los Angeles restaurant focused on all things meat, has reprised the former glory of its foie-gras loco moco, which comes with a quail egg, spam, and hamburger patty. Chef Josiah Citrin was one of the first to add foie back on the menu; he added a foie-gras supplement to his tasting menu at Melisse the night the ban was lifted.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, ice cream parlor Humphry Slocombe has brought back its incredibly popular foie-and-caramel ice cream sandwich, and 4505 Burgers & BBQ is offering “foiedom fries” alongside boudin blanc sausages studded with foie.

Foie gras was banned in California 2012, on the ground that it was cruel to force-feed a duck to fatten its liver. But now it seems it is back with a vengeance. Here’s just a sampling of dishes California chefs have put on their menus since the foie ban was lifted on January 7.

Please, go eat them all, then order some foie for yourself from D’Artagnan.

Trois Mec

Chef: Ludo Lefebvre

First foie gras served at @troismec

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Chef: Josiah Citrin

Corazon y Miel

Chef: Eddie Ruiz


Chefs: Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo

Caption:and she’s back!! on the menu tonight! foie gras loco moco, quail egg, spam, hamburger”


Chef: Jonathan Black

#foie #quincesf

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Chef: Ori Menashe

Foie gras terrine @bestiadtla with @checogutierrez #foiegras #bestia #dtla #canwehaveyourliver

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Humphry Slocombe

Chef: Jake Godby

fundamental LA

Chef: Philip Pretty

foie is on the menu! @fundamentalla @woogenator @tipplerclub #fatliver

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Hog & Rocks

Chef: Robin Song

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

Chef: Jose Andres

Psst. We’re giving away FREE Cotton Candy Foie Gras at The Bazaar Beverly Hills until 7PM tonight!

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4505 Burgers & BBQ

Chef: Ryan Farr

Foiedom fries for all to enjoy this evening. #foiedom #yumyumyum #fridaynight #foiegras

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Chef: Sang Yoon

Dish: Seared Hudson Valley foie gras with duck fat, Marcona almond granola, mandarin, and osmanthus gastrique. (Yoon just put this dish on his menu at Lukshon last night.)


Photo: Lukshon