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Best French (2012)
1188 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove
If the pâté doesn’t wow you, the selection of French wine will. But 25 years in the crazy-competitive restaurant world—and seven Best Ofs—is more than bread spreads and fine wines. It’s blue crab cakes and steamed mussels and escargots de Bourgogne in garlic butter. It’s French onion soup and goat-cheese-stuffed chicken. It’s duck a l’orange unparalleled and gnocchi well, well worth knowing closely. Cue the cliché’: “C’est tres bon!”