Food & Drink

The 8 Best Places to Get Foie Gras in San Diego, While You Can!

Published On 02/23/2015 Published On 02/23/2015
Sara Norris/Thrillist
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1. Grant Grill 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego big shots have been flocking to Grant Grill to wheel and deal since 1951. Leather seating, white linen-topped tables, and mahogany wood floors create an executive dining room setting that's amped up by seasonal dishes like foie gras torchon, roasted duck breast with Brussels sprouts and figs, and local sea bass with spinach cavatelli. The cocktail lounge pays homage to Grant Grill's past as San Diego's original speakeasy, with timeless selections like the Smashing Pumpkin and the US Grant Centennial Manhattan.

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2. S&M Sausage & Meat 4130 Park Blvd , San Diego, CA 92103 (University Heights)

Scott Slater, the guy who started Slater’s 50/50, opened this meat-centered eatery in town - but instead of burgers, this place is focused on game meats, sausages, and house-made bacon. And this spot isn't just a restaurant; it’s also a deli where you can take your meats to-go.

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3. Stake Chophouse & Bar 1309 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118 (Coronado)

Stake Chophouse in Coronado is one of the priciest steakhouses in the area, but it's a modern dining experience that puts the old boy’s club of steakhouses past to shame. Not only do you get to choose the cut (rib eye, NY strip, tenderloin, etc.), you also get to choose what to cut it with: when the meat is served, you’re presented with a box of knives to choose from. The elusive wagyu is available, but the Brooklyn bacon steak is among the best bacon in San Diego.

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4. Mille Fleurs 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 (Rancho Santa Fe)

This upscale French restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe offers delicacies like frogs legs, as well as staples like a delicious lamb burger.

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5. 1500 OCEAN 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118 (Coronado)

The headlining restaurant at the Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Ocean brings guests California coastal cuisine in a ritzy, beachfront setting. Highlights from the seafood-inflected menu include a daily selection of market oysters with coconut pearls and yuzu-ponzu, local black cod with savory corn custard, and a surf-and-turf entrée of filet, lobster tail, and truffle risotto. Dining here is an exceptional experience and best reserved for a splurge-worthy occasion.

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6. The Cravory 3960 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110 (Point Loma)

At The Cravory, you can be sure that all of your cookie needs will be met. This Midway bakeshop specializes in wacky flavors made just the way you like 'em: each cookie is at once soft with a gooey center and perfectly crispy edges for a truly satisfying treat. Flavors range from sweet Salted Caramel Cream, citrus shortbread, and toffee coffee, to savory options like a pancake and bacon flavored cookie.

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7. Bertrand at Mister A's 2550 5th Ave. , San Diego, CA 92103 (Bankers Hill)

Located on the 12th floor, over looking downtown and the ocean, there's a wrap-around balcony where you can enjoy the view along with your chicken liver pate and escargots de Bourgogne. SD being the land of flippy-floppies, you can get away with wearing pretty much anything anywhere you go, however this place has a dress code. Because it's classy like that.

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8. Kettner Exchange 2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

This Little Italy spot's named after the highly held William Kettner, a democratic governor of San Diego in the early 1900s, and its theme does him justice. A sleek and welcoming space with a vague nautical theme hosts a slew of modern twists on American classics like roasted chicken, New York strip steak and Maine diver scallops. After dinner, head up to the rooftop bar to peruse the long wine and sprit lists or order a house cocktail like a spiked egg nog or the PD Collins with blood orange, cinnamon and peach bitters.

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