Last-minute foie fix

In case you missed it, here is my roundup of local spots for a last-minute foie gras fix that appeared in Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

In just a matter of days, foie gras will be banned in California. Where should you turn for a last-minute fix?

If you’re looking for a foie gras fix before the ban goes into effect, a number of local restaurants have you covered.

Fifi’s Bistro Café (Pacific Grove) features a number of foie gras dishes.

Among the starters, look for seared Hudson Valley foie gras with caramelized apples ($17.95) and a salad with seared foie gras and Portobello mushrooms ($18.95).

The foie gras torchon at Fifi’s BIstro Cafe tastes like butter!

But my favorite is the traditional foie gras torchon ($17.95), a rustic preparation that’s basically like foie gras butter!

Over at Mundaka (Carmel), chef Brandon Miller is dishing up seared foie gras with beet reduction and brulee banana ($19).

The foie gras at Mundaka is a great combination of sweet and savory.

I love the combination of flavors in this dish — the tangy beets and the sweet banana.

Restaurant 1833 includes seared foie gras as an appetizer, as well as a full roasted lobe of foie for an entree.

Restaurant 1833 (Monterey) serves seared foie gras with kumquat, ginger and arugula ($25). Or if you’re feeling especially adventurous, try the whole-roasted lobe of foie gras ($150).

Andre’s Bouchée (Carmel) isn’t planning any additional foie gras dinners, but they will keep a few foie gras dishes as menu additions.

At dinner, it’s pan-seared duck foie gras and apples served with a Calvados demi-glace ($20). And at lunch check out the Kobe-style beef burger with seared foie gras and truffle sauce ($25).

If you’re really looking for an indulgent send-off for foie gras, Pacific’s Edge (Carmel) is hosting a farewell dinner on Thursday, June 21, at 6:30.

The menu boasts a number of mouth-watering selections, including foie gras arancini, Kobe-style ribeye with foie gras jus and a foie gras crme brulee for dessert.

Dinner and wine pairings will run you $225, plus tax and tip. Call 622-5445 for reservations.

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