In 2004, animal-rights lobbyists won a statewide ban on foie gras, one of the glories of French cuisine, when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar signed a bill criminalizing the sale of the fattened liver of a goose or a duck. Lawmakers gave chefs and foie-gras fans eight years to come to grips with the decree, but barring a miracle, as of July 2012, the time to enjoy the extraordinarily rich yet silken delicacy is up. Get it while you can, and make a culinary memory.
Here are likely spots to find superb foie gras—but call to confirm it’s on the evening’s menu: Brasserie Pascal in Newport Beach, Charlie Palmer in Costa Mesa, French 75 in Laguna Beach, Gemmell’s in Dana Point, Marché Moderne in Costa Mesa, Napa Rose in Anaheim, Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa, Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point, Studio in Laguna Beach and The Winery in Tustin. Find these restaurants and more in our Orange County Restaurant Finder