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Mélisse’s Josiah Citrin Goes Fast Casual at New Santa Monica Chicken Shop

The new Augie’s on Main is now open, serving Citrin’s famed panko-crusted “dirty” chicken from lunch through dinner

A tilted shot of food arranged on a wooden table, including chicken and sandwiches.
A full food lineup at Augie’s on Main.
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Chef Josiah Citrin is at it again. The Westside legend known for his long-running fine dining restaurant Mélisse is back with a brand new (and much more casual) project, Augie’s on Main, which takes one of his most renowned dishes and marries to the fast-casual moment.

Augie’s on Main, which opened Wednesday, August 10 at 2428 Main Street in Santa Monica, showcases Citrin’s panko-crusted “dirty” Jidori chicken, a crisp, garlicky, and lemony dish that he has been perfecting for years. The chicken is sold in halves for $20, or as part of a combo plate with a pair of sides for $28, a kind of new-retro take on LA’s many fried chicken takeout joints. The menu, shown below, also offers a fried chicken sandwich, both veggie and beef burgers, a roasted chicken sandwich, and a variety of sides ranging from rice pilaf to roasted potatoes.

First announced a year ago, the new Augie’s is now up and running, with room for 32 seats out on the patio and lots of pickup orders inside. It’s a small setup but impactful nonetheless, giving Citrin another outlet beyond Mélisse, his namesake restaurant Citrin, Charcoal in Venice, and Dear John’s in Culver City. The restaurant is also well-positioned along what is quickly becoming a murderer’s row of restaurants on Main Street, not far from places like Cobi’s, Pasjoli, and Crudo e Nudo. To start, Augie’s on Main will sell Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Two hands hold up a wide burger against a light wood background.
Augie’s on Main’s new burger.
A close up shot of a clamshell takeout container holding a fried chicken sandwich with sauce.
The fried chicken sandwich.
A takeout container holding fried chicken and sides.
A close up of the ‘dirty’ panko-crusted chicken.
An exterior shot of a restaurant with a large roll-up door and wide sidewalk.
Outside Augie’s on Main, with the image of Citrin’s late son as the logo.

Augie's On Main

2428 Main Street, , CA 90405 (310) 310-8171 Visit Website