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Best New Restaurant (2012)
500 Hartnell St., Monterey
The area has simply never seen anything like it. No, not the tableside absinthe service that sets the green fairy ablaze or the bacon-cheddar biscuits that never cease to amaze. Not the seven distinct spaces, from the apothecary-style bar with its glowing onyx surface to the gorgeous Gallatin’s room where select groups can order family-style indulgences like whole lobes of roasted foie gras or salt-crusted dorade (ordered 24 hours in advance). Not the spirits barrel-aged onsite, or the must-crack crispy hen egg or the unisex bathroom stalls, either. Most significantly, the area has never seen a place which pulls it all together so well that it earned a best-new-restaurant-in-the-country nomination from James Beard Foundation