Citronelle, Washington, D.C. from Best Restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic

Best Restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic

Michel Richard
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Citronelle, Washington, D.C.

With his Santa Claus build, his amiable nature, and his obvious passion for his métier, Michel Richard sometimes looks like the happiest chef alive as he leans over a plate at Citronelle holding one of his imaginative, brilliantly executed specialties, smiling, putting on the finishing touches — a sight you can witness through the glass wall that encloses his sparkling kitchen at this D.C. classic. There are those who think Richard is the best contemporary French chef in America.