The embodiment of decadence, the silky-smooth ingredient is a frequent fixture at Chicago steakhouses, and considering its versatility between both sweet and savory flavors, it’s also one of the most dynamic. Every steakhouse that features it does so in its own singular way. This calls for a full-on foie gras crawl! Here are some of the best, most destination-worthy foie gras dishes to try in Chicago’s best steakhouses.
Maple & Ash: This Gold Coast hot spot is all about extravagance and fine Foie Gras. From fire-roasted shellfish towers to Dover sole immersed in black truffle barigoule, seemingly every dish is an indulgence. So it’s no surprise that foie gras plays a starring role amongst the starters. Here, foie is soaked in Sauternes wine before being served with warm, buttery brioche, seasonal fruit compote, herbs and hazelnuts for crunch.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House: Considering the accompaniments served with the foie gras at Del Frisco’s, you could easily just save it for last and enjoy it as a dessert. Seared lobes of foie come with strawberry-balsamic glaze, toasted brioche and shaved white chocolate, each of which adds a fruity, rich layer of texture and flavor to this velvety smooth dish.
GT Prime: Doubling up on meat and keeping foie gras squarely in the savory category, GT Prime serves slices of foie with whisper-thin slivers of beef carpaccio. Together, the duo form one of the restaurant’s standout appetizers, finished with peppery bite from arugula and a welcome spritz of lemon.
RPM Steak: At this ritzy River North fixture, you can order foie gras as a classic torchon with plump, sweet black Mission figs, or you can up the ante by accenting any of your steaks with a glaze of foie gras butter, which should really take your filet to the next level. At lunch, the black truffle burger comes with a pat of foie gras butter, too, making it the likely the richest burger option in all of downtown Chicago.
Swift & Sons: Easily the most opulent (and original) foie gras dish in Chicago is the foie-infused beef Wellington at this Fulton Market sensation. Clocking in at a decadent $105, this featured entree is designed to serve two, wherein tender beef, mushrooms and foie are enrobed in crispy dough and baked to perfection before being served with a welcome side of spinach.