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What the Foie? French Chain to Unveil Burger Topped with Duck Liver

By • Dec 6th, 2010 • Category: Burger Blog

Mimes.  Jaunty berets.  A godlike reverence for Jerry Lewis.  The French have developed a reputation for having somewhat questionable tastes.  Now they’re taking a crack at cheeseburgers, that most American of eats.  And in typical over-the-top fashion, they’re going all haute cuisine and adding that little je ne sais quoi to their new fast-food burg.

That, mes amis, is the Supreme Foie Gras Burger, and it’ll be a tres limited-time-only offer from French chain Quick.

This December 17, 18, and 19, you’ll be able to stroll into one of the chain’s 360 locations throughout France and order up that objet d’art for five euros, or about $6.50.  Foie gras, or the fatty liver of a force-fed duck or goose, is a traditional Christmastime delicacy in France.  (Similar, perhaps, to egg nog, candy canes, or fruitcake in this country.  Not that anyone is- or should be- rushing out to slap any of those things on a burger.) Leave it to the French.

But wait un moment.  Regular readers may be experiencing a bit of deja vu at the description of a burger topped with foie gras.  Yeah, I had one back in May at Flip Burger Boutique.  The brainchild of avant-garde celebrichef Richard Blais, my A5 Kobe burger topped with foie gras cost me 40 bucks and was supposed to be the creme de la creme of luxury burgers.  Au contraire, mon frereIt was a complete and utter catastrophe. About the only thing that would have made it worse is if it had been a fast food patty… and if the foie gras had looked like cat food.  (Go back and look at that burger “beauty” shot above.  That chunky beige layer between the onions and lettuce bears an uncanny resemblance to a can of Fancy Feast, n’est-ce pas?)

Call me hopelessly bourgeois, but I won’t be making that mistake twice.  The Supreme Foie Gras Burger can stay right where it is on the Champs-Elysees, merci beaucoup.

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