Three Restaurants for Finding Foie Gras: Chicago's Enduring Foodie Obsession
Foie Gras mousse and Cassis Gelee at Paris Club
For the last five or so years, Chicago has had the most tempestuous relationship with Foie Gras. This controversial foodie favorite has been lauded, officially banned, served in secret, officially unbanned, and again celebrated. What is Foie Gras? Well, Google it. We don't want to be the ones to potentially ruin your appetite, especially when there's so many Chicago restaurant serving up excellent appetizers featuring it, like these three...
· Paris Club
This place is newer to the scene, but with a huge dining room and lively bar scene, you shouldn't worry too much about snagging a table. Of our three recommended restaurants for Foie Gras, Paris Club offers the most affordable option, and the most easily shareable. It's a $9 Foie Gras Mousse with Cassis Gelee, and it's scrumptious. That's it in the photo above, being spooned onto little triangles of toast. This Foie Gras option is quite tasty, and there's plenty of it to lump a huge spoonful onto each toast bit. Ideal for first-foie-gras-timers.
Foie Gras Terrine at G.T. Fish and Oyster
· G.T. Fish and Oyster
By and large the most inventive Foie Gras dish of these three is G.T.'s $13 Foie Gras and Shrimp Terrine, presented with apricot chutney, pickled onion and szechuan peppercorn. It's not for the faint, as there are some unique flavors at work here; it's a foodie dish. The strips of Foie Gras are easily picked out to be tasted on their own, but don't forget to eat the chutney, which just works so well with the richness of the dish.
This restaurant at the Elysian Hotel focuses on local, Midwestern products. For their Foie Gras dish, they stick to the classic Torchon preparation, which yields little rounds of the good stuff. The resulting $11 Foie Gras Torchon is the most classic serving of Foie Gras, ideal for simply luxuriating in the fact that you're allowed to order and consume it without fearing some kind of police crackdown on the joint (referring to the Foie Gras ban of 2006-2008).
The presentation of the Foie Gras appetizer at Paris Club
[All Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]