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Duck Fat Frenzy: 13 Spots Serving Epic Foie Gras Dishes

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California's ban on the production and sale of foie gras went into effect two weeks ago, the prevailing notion being that force-feeding ducks and geese to fatten their livers is an inhumane and damaging practice. In response, chefs and farmers are not only contending that waterfowl swallow huge amounts of food in nature, but are also signing petitions to encourage improved farming methods.

At first, it may seem surprising that foie gras is ubiquitous in a city with a longstanding reputation for Birkenstock radicalism, but Portland's culinary community has been on the reactionary track for a little while now (bacon tattoos and all). Chefs in PDX laud foie because it's produced on a small scale and — first and foremost — because it tastes really good. For this very reason, CA foodies are finding every kind of loophole to maintain access to the good stuff, including crossing state borders — so for Californian pilgrims and Portland residents alike, eat the stuff up at the following 13 spots. Haters gon' hate.

— Taylor Thompson

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1. Beast

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5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

2. Brasserie Montmartre

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626 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

3. EuroTrash

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4298 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215

4. Le Pigeon

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738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Gilt Club

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306 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

6. Lincoln

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

7. Bluehour

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250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Laurelhurst Market

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3155 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97232

9. St. Jack

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2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

10. Genoa

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2832 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Chop @ City Market

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735 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

12. Gruner

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527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

13. Urban Farmer

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525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

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1. Beast

5425 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

2. Brasserie Montmartre

626 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
626 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

3. EuroTrash

4298 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
4298 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215

4. Le Pigeon

738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Gilt Club

306 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209
306 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

6. Lincoln

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

7. Bluehour

250 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Laurelhurst Market

3155 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97232
3155 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97232

9. St. Jack

2039 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

10. Genoa

2832 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
2832 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Chop @ City Market

735 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
735 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

12. Gruner

527 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

13. Urban Farmer

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

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