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CLOSED. French and contemporary American, plus a changing roster of desserts, from chef David Richards.

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David Richards doesn’t stand on ceremony. No maitre d’ or hostess greets you when you walk in the door of his cozy Fullerton Avenue storefront. Servers wear jeans. But the refined, French-inflected food has more than enough power to carry the show. The menu changes frequently, but the star of the a la carte section remains the famed foie gras burger, a $17 fistful of Kobe beef topped with truffled mayonnaise and a thick slab of paté (it's $10 on Wednesdays). There's a nightly three-course prix fixe menu option--your picks from anything on the menu for $29; the prix fixe Sunday brunch is $14. On my last visit our meal started off with a refreshing tomato-saffron fondant evocative of a spoon-friendly Bloody Mary. Pan-roasted blue-nosed grouper over rosemary-potato hash was outstanding, as was the piping hot duo of juicy duck breast and complex rabbit sausage--served with a seductively smoky white bean cassoulet--that followed. "Sweets" included a deliciously stinky Camembert with a fig-and-almond cookie, a mango sorbet, and a one-two punch of chocolate ice cream and warm molten chocolate cake.

Martha Bayne

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