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H Street Restaurants Feast on Foie

As part of a special end-of-year promotion (Dec. 16-30), seven restaurants along the H Street Northeast corridor will serve holiday dishes featuring that most indulgent of ingredients, foie gras.

“During this time of year we want to revel in our favorite ingredient, and we thought it would be more fun to have a bunch of our neighboring restaurants celebrate with us,” Brad Walker, the chef at Boundary Road and creator of the “Foie La La” cook-off, said in a release praising fatty liver. “It’s rich, unctuous, luxurious, and the most delicious substance on earth.”

The seven participating restaurants — Boundary Road (414 H St. NE), The Big Board (421 H St. NE), Le Grenier (502 H St. NE), The Atlas Room (1015 H St. NE), Liberty Tree (1016 H St. NE), Granville Moore’s (1238 H St. NE) and Red Rocks (1348 H St. NE) — are welcome to work up whatever interpretation of the dish they like.

Patrons can then vote for their favorite version at; the winner gets neighborhood “bragging rights.”

The gourmet treat has, in recent years, treaded into taboo territory as some cities and states have sought to curb consumption of the controversial comestible.

No such trouble in the Atlas District, where you’ll find the delicacy dressed to impress thusly:

  • Boundary Road: Seared foie gras with gingerbread blini, braised collards, crispy pork belly and a maple apple brandy gastrique ($19);
  • The Atlas Room: Seared and chilled foie gras torchon with spiced cherry walnut caramel nougatine and passion fruit gel ($15);
  • The Big Board: Seared foie gras with fig and onion compote ($10); available as a topping for the Port d’Amsterdam burger ($9 – 6 oz patty; $11 – 8 oz. patty);
  • Le Grenier: Foie gras crème brulee with Sauternes-quince gelee and toast ($8.95)

Bon appetit!