Bay Area Claims 6 Michelin Stars And Outweighs New York

And they’re a big deal. It’s like winning the Olympics of food. So much so that chef Gordan Ramsay cried when his stars were taken away from his NY restaurant. Let’s congratulate our Bay Area winners.

We bet with an overflowing amount of tears and champagne, these Bay Area eateries are celebrating well into the night with their Michelin star titles. The term “Michelin Star” is a hallmark of fine dining quality and restaurants around the world proudly promote their Michelin Star status. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cried when the Michelin Guide stripped the stars from his New York restaurant, calling the food “erratic.”

Of course, the hilarious part of all this is that this prestigious restaurant rating is from a… tire company.  Yes, the same Michelin that sells tires also hands out restaurant ratings.

Dating to the 1900′s, Michelin Guide’s have been the cornerstone for anything and everything food — the Michelin tire company launched its first guidebook to encourage road tripping in France.  In 1926, it started sending out anonymous restaurant reviewers to try restaurants. So growth has been constant and on the rise for the last 100 years. The Michelin stars are very different than Zagat and Yelp, which rely on consumer feedback via the Internet.  Zagat tallies restaurants anonymously based on surveyed reviews of diners and consumers while Yelp tallies stars based on user reviews provided online subjecting the company to a number of lawsuits associated with its filtering system.  Michelin does not use any consumer reviews in making its restaurant determinations.

This way, Michelin reviewers can easily blend into the surroundings of the atmosphere and write as if they are a local to the food.

Here are how the stars work:

  • One star: A good place to stop on your journey, indicating a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
  • Two stars: A restaurant worth a detour, indicating excellent cuisine and skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality
  • Three stars: A restaurant worth a special journey, indicating exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.

Below, the entire list, with new star awardees bolded.

Three Stars

Benu, San Francisco

The French Laundry, Wine Country

Manresa, Peninsula

Quince, San Francisco

The Restaurant at Meadowood, Wine Country

Saison, San Francisco

Two Stars

Acquerello, San Francisco

Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

Baumé, South Bay

Campton Place, San Francisco

Coi, San Francisco

Commis, Oakland

Lazy Bear, San Francisco

One Star

Adega, San Jose

Al’s Place, San Francisco

Aster, San Francisco

Auberge du Soleil, Wine Country

Aziza, San Francisco

Bouchon, Wine Country

Californios, San Francisco

Chez TJ, South Bay

Commonwealth, San Francisco

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Wine Country

Gary Danko, San Francisco

Hashiri, San Francisco

Ju-ni, San Francisco

Keiko à Nob Hill, San Francisco

Kin Khao, San Francisco

La Toque, Wine Country

Lord Stanley, San Francisco

Luce, San Francisco

Madera, Peninsula

Madrona Manor, Wine Country

Michael Mina, San Francisco

Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco

Mosu, San Francisco

Mourad, San Francisco

Nico, San Francisco

Octavia, San Francisco

Omakase, San Francisco

Plumed Horse, South Bay

The Progress, San Francisco

Rasa, Peninsula

Solbar, Wine Country

Sons & Daughters, San Francisco

SPQR, San Francisco

Spruce, San Francisco

State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Sushi Yoshizumi, Peninsula

Terra, Wine Country

Terrapin Creek, Wine Country

The Village Pub, Peninsula

Wako, San Francisco

Wakuriya, Peninsula

Written by the Bob Cut Editors, hero photo courtesy of Quince and inline photo courtesy of Adega — Need more foodie love? Our Bay Bites 2016 is the Michelin of SF… Sorta.

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