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Carmel Magazine, spring 2018

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time-honored French sauce technique), launched his self-titled restaurant in Carmel Valley two years ago, but tilted the menu more toward Spain (he makes a spot-on paella). Then a few months ago, Fabrice and his wife Jennifer started an American steakhouse near Roux (for- merly Lokal). Carmel Valley Chophouse showcases indul- gences such as in-house aged beef, venison chops, Wagyu brisket, and bison burgers. "[Opening a steakhouse] is the worst busi- ness decision when it comes to bottom line," says Jennifer. "But it's what our neighbors asked for." The Rouxes filled a void left by the closure of Will's Fargo, "paying respect to the Valley and honoring our community," she says. Then word broke in December about a third restaurant, as they purchased longtime Pacific Grove favorite Fifi's Bistro Cafe. Finally, the endeavor "will pay tribute to Fabrice's homeland," says Jennifer, who predicts her chef-husband will channel his late grand- mother, who taught him to cook. The Rouxes recognize Fifi's legacy, and want to honor what Michele and Calvin Wilkes built over 32 years. As for the menu, "it's already fan- tastic," says Jennifer, who promises old favorites, with everything getting "a French Fabrice touch." Fifi's Bistro Café is located at 1188 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. For more information, call 831/372- 5325 or go to LAST BITES Michael Foley has gutted Kathy's on Cass Street to open a slick Chicago-style, knife-and-fork, deep-dish joint called Heirloom Pizza Company…Carmel gets into the poke craze with Carmel Poke Co. in the Crossroads…Chef Jacques Zagouri (formerly Andre's Bouchee) has returned to the Peninsula as chef of Fandango in Pacific Grove following a year in Palo Alto at La Boheme. C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 149 Fresh LOCAL Organic Food San Carlos between Ocean & 7th • Carmel-by-the-Sea 831.626.8226 • The first Certified Green restaurant in Monterey County. Located in the heart of Carmel-by- the-Sea, our seasonal menu is inspired by the freshest sustainable seafood the Monterey Bay has to offer and the finest organic local produce. Our menu includes a generous selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as gluten-free options; contemporary cocktails and excellent California wines. Reservations are recommended. PAT I O S E AT I N G D O G F R I E N D LY S U N DAY B R U N C H HAPPY HOUR 4:3036:30, MON3THURS SELECTED WINES BY THE GLASS, BEERS ON DRAFT & BOTTLES, AND COCKTAILS RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY Family Friendly Place To Enjoy Authentic Italian Cuisine! 1901 Fremont Boulevard • Seaside, CA 93955 (831) 899-5825 • Fresh Pasta • Full Bar • Deli • Catering • To Go

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