Food writer/ chef at large just moved here from Boston, so I anticipate being on the LA chow page alot. I was wondering what the best moderate to high end restaurants are in Santa Monica, where the staff seems very happy. Any other high end restaurant recommendations outside of SM are also appreciated. Also, where is a good place to source good, cheap produce, and Thai basil, and live sea urchin (esp. Santa Barbara). Thanks for your help.
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