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Foie in Las Vegas

Did you bother to look at their 'a la carte' menu? It gives a choice of appetizer, main and dessert for $98. That's 'a la carte'? I don't think so.

Dec 09, 2013
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

We did not go to Le Cirque. As I said, they do not appear to have an a la carte menu at present.

Dec 08, 2013
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

We are back from our 2013 Thanksgiving trip to Las Vegas. Five nights. We never know when we will get to Vegas, so Bachi Burger is convenient on the first night. I had the Shogun Burger. Wagyu, foie and unagi. An inspired combination.

My criterion for the other four nights was simple. An a la carte menu with at least two preparations of foie gras. We chose Andre, Guy Savoy, L'Atelier and Bouchon. Andre had perhaps the best cold preparation I have ever had. Guy Savoy of course is in a class of its own. L'Atelier was our only repeat. The sweetbread offering there is close to the foie gras. California chefs could offer a dish like this and satisfy some of the demand for foie.

We have been to Bouchon in Yountville so we knew what to expect. It was the least expensive, by quite a bit, and both foie gras dishes were wonderful. It definitely is on our repeat list. In stead of Guy Savoy, we may do a prix fixe menu. Maybe Joel Robuchon.

I had a very strange experience with Le Cirque. They had an a la carte menu with two preparations. But it got replaced by an 'autumn' prix fixe menu shortly before we went. I called and was told that this WAS the a la carte menu. What the hell is THAT all about?

When I asked for both foie preparations, the response everywhere was 'Are you from California?' I still wish someone in Vegas would offer a foie menu like the ones we had at Village Pub and Pacific's Edge. But I came away very satisfied. We spent over $2000 on food - money that could have stayed in California.

Dec 08, 2013
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

We are back from our Las Vegas trip. We ate at Bachi Burger, Olives, Michael Mina, L'Attelier, and Raku. I could write pages about the meals. But the bottom line is this: we ate foie gras at every restaurant, and our total for the five dinners was $1150.90. We would gladly have spent this money in California, were it not for the foie gras ban.

Nov 27, 2012
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

Looks like we will not be going to Andre's:

http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/171408...

Sep 29, 2012
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

Add Fleur to the list of places with two preparations. Generally, when a place has two preps, they will be a predictable torchon and seared foie.

Sep 26, 2012
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

We are starting to think about our next trip to Vegas, in November. From their web sites, I find the following Foie Gras info:

L'Atelier 5 preparations

(L'Atelier also shows two serving sizes of what they claim is genuine Iberico Belotta.)

Le Cirque 4 preparations

Raku 4 preparations (two of them appear to be similar)

Michael Minna 3 preparations

Andre 2 preparations

Alize 2 preparations

There are lots of places with one preparation.

Sep 26, 2012
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

Splendid!

Aug 10, 2012
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

Thanks. I went back and looked at the menu for Raku more closely. They have four preparations at the moment. The rest of the menu looks interesting also. Have it on my must do list.

Aug 10, 2012
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

My foie gras google alert just told me that there is foie gras at Marche Bacchus. Surely there must be other places "off strip" that serve it?

Aug 02, 2012
bobgh in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

We are Californians who get to Las Vegas once or twice a year. Before the foie gras ban went into effect, we had four amazing foie dinners, at Village Pub in Woodside, Pacific's Edge in Carmel, Martin's Gastropub in Redwood City and a private Dishcrawl event. We keep hoping that some restaurant in Las Vegas will offer a menu with four to seven foie dishes.

I would be willing to go to a high end restaurant with two or three preparations. But I am also looking for more casual places in the area if they only offer one. Barrymore and Bachi Burger seem like possibilities. Can anyone suggest other places that won't cost hundreds of dollars? My favorite place for foie in California was Bistro Elan (now Birch Street) in Palo Alto, if that gives anyone a better idea of what we have in mind.

Aug 01, 2012
bobgh in Las Vegas

best burger in Palo Alto?

Marche closed on March 26, 2011.

Mar 31, 2011
bobgh in San Francisco Bay Area

Squirt imported from Mexico - where to buy?

Don't know. The printed labeling was all in Spanish. Says "Quitased Squirt El de Toronja con Jugo". On line translators don't recognize Quitased.

Jan 26, 2011
bobgh in San Francisco Bay Area

Squirt imported from Mexico - where to buy?

I found some in a local mexican grocery in Hollister. It took a magnifying glass to read the paper label that was attached. Which listed Aspertame, not sugar or corn syrup. Buyer beware.

Jan 26, 2011
bobgh in San Francisco Bay Area

The best chili relleno in Tucson?

I had the chile rellenos at Los Nopales last night. Thought they were outstanding. The place is a bit hard to find.

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Los Nopales
3051 S Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85713

Oct 08, 2010
bobgh in Southwest

moving up that way..trying to decide if we live in the Portola valley would we NEED to go into town for good food

The milk pail has a pretty good selection of cheese.

Sep 17, 2010
bobgh in San Francisco Bay Area

best donuts in Berkeley?

We have a spudnut shop in Hollister. I ate a lot of spudnuts as a kid, and these sure taste like they have potato flour in them.

Sep 15, 2010
bobgh in San Francisco Bay Area

Brand new in Silicon Valley: where should I eat?

We eat at Bistro Elan a couple of times a year, always on a Friday evening. Padrig is a gracious matre d. And we always ask for Ed Nieto to be our server. He is a kick. Don't know what other days he works. We discovered him at an amazing place called The Dining Room in San Mateo, long gone.

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Bistro Elan
448 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Sep 14, 2010
bobgh in San Francisco Bay Area

Foie Gras Deflowering: Where's the best place for a first-time foie gras experience in San Jose area?

I strongly second the recommendation for Bistro Elan,. Foie gras is no longer on the menu, but it is available. Call ahead if you want to be sure. I love La Foret (we went there tonight), but the one time I had the foie gras, I was very disappointed. Tiny portion, cooked to death.

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Bistro Elan
448 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

La Foret Restaurant
21747 Bertram Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Sep 14, 2010
bobgh in San Francisco Bay Area

best burger in Palo Alto?

When I want a burger in the Palo Alto area, I go to the California Cafe in the Barn on the Stanford Campus. I rarely go anywhere else for a burger. Right up there with the Village Pub, if not better.

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Village Pub
2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

Aug 30, 2010
bobgh in San Francisco Bay Area