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2012 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. " Mélisse

Josiah Citrin
Santa Monica, CA

Josiah Citrin's elegant Mélisse may be the city's top spot for contemporary French cuisine. The California-born chef’s classical Parisian training melds gracefully with his continual pursuit of unique seasonal ingredients at the Santa Monica farmers market. The results are reflected in artful dishes that eschew pretentiousness and highlight the synergy of a locavore aesthetic.

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