Posts Tagged ‘MICHELIN’

The New Michelin Guide is Here! The New Michelin Guide is Here for San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2013

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here it is, below.

If you want any more info you’re going to have to buy it from le source or from le Amazon.

(And let me tell you, the raison detre for this whole Michelin Guide operation is to sell you tires for your car. And let me tell you, the Japanese-made Michelins on my Land Cruiser performed admirably for dix foutues annees, ten freaking years. Anyway. So count me as a fan. And the Zagat people and Michael Bauer are just going to have to deal with le competition nouveau, hopefully with a little better attitude in the future. Sorry.)

“Michelin Releases Its Famed Guide to San Francisco’s Best Restaurants – Atelier Crenn is Awarded Two Michelin Stars in the Guide’s Seventh Edition

SAN FRANCISCO, OCT. 23, 201 — In the latest edition of the highly anticipated MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2013, 42 restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars.  Both restaurants that achieved three Michelin stars in 2012–The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood–maintained this honor.  Three Michelin stars is considered the utmost international recognition in the culinary world, and is reserved for those restaurants that serve “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”

This year’s guide sees six restaurants awarded two Michelin stars.  Atelier Crenn has been promoted from one to two stars and five establishments maintained their standing from the previous edition.

Thirty-four restaurants earned one Michelin star, a significant culinary accomplishment that can be defined as “a very good restaurant in its category.” The three newcomers to the category are All Spice, SPQR and Keiko a Nob Hill.

Inclusion in the MICHELIN Guide is an acknowledgment of culinary excellence and quality.  A total of 539 restaurants are included in the selection which covers San Francisco, the East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula.  Michelin inspectors embraced 47 different cuisines this year, reflecting the tremendous diversity found across the region.

The release of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country comes one week after Michelin announced that 70 restaurants earned the distinction of Bib Gourmand.  These establishments offer two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (excluding tax and gratuity) and are known as the Michelin inspectors’ favorites for good value.  The MICHELIN Guide 2013 editions include two new symbols: one highlighting notable beer lists and the other indicating restaurants with a dim sum offering.

In the U.S., San Francisco is one of three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide.  The MICHELIN Guide New York City 2013 went on sale earlier this month and the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013 will be released Nov. 13, 2012.

The seventh edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 24, at $18.99.

Michelin has done as much to enhance mobility as any company in the world.  The company patented the pneumatic, or air-filled, tire in the late 1800s.  This was a milestone moment in mobility, permitting automobile owners to travel at great length in a single journey.  Then, in an effort to prompt travelers to enjoy their newfound mobility, the company created guides and detailed maps to steer travelers on their way.  The most famous publication that developed from this is the internationally recognized MICHELIN Guide.

Thanks to the rigorous MICHELIN Guide selection process that is applied independently and consistently around 23 countries, the MICHELIN Guide has become an international benchmark in fine dining.  The selections of all restaurants in the guide are made by Michelin’s famously anonymous inspectors who dine all around the Bay Area regularly.  These local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades throughout the world.  This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence.  As a further guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full.

To find out more about the MICHELIN Guide, the MICHELIN Guide inspectors and the history of the MICHELIN Guide, visit www.michelinguide.com.

Here is a full list of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2013 stars.

 

San Francisco MICHELIN Guide 2013
Starred establishments
Three stars
Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey 
Area District Restaurant Chef
Wine Country Napa Valley The French Laundry Thomas Keller
Wine Country Napa Valley The Restaurant at Meadowood Christopher Kostow

 

Two stars
Excellent cuisine, worth a detour 
Area District Restaurant
San Francisco Marina Atelier Crenn
South Bay Palo Alto Baume
San Francisco SoMa Benu
San Francisco North Beach Coi
South Bay Los Gatos Manresa
San Francisco Mission Saison

 

 

 

One star
A very good restaurant in its category 
Area District Restaurant
San Francisco Nob Hill Acquerello
South Bay Cupertino Alexander’s Steakhouse (South Bay)
Peninsula San Mateo All Spice
San Francisco SoMa Ame
Wine Country Napa Valley Auberge du Soleil
San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Aziza
Wine Country Napa Valley Bouchon
San Francisco SoMa Boulevard
San Francisco SoMa Campton Place
South Bay Mountain View Chez TJ
East Bay Oakland Commis
Wine Country Sonoma County Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
San Francisco Castro Frances
San Francisco North Beach Gary Danko
San Francisco Nob Hill Keiko à Nob Hill
Peninsula Montara La Costanera
San Francisco Nob Hill La Folie
Wine Country Napa Valley La Toque
San Francisco SoMa Luce
Peninsula Menlo Park Madera
Wine Country Sonoma County Madrona Manor
San Francisco Nob Hill Masa’s
San Francisco Financial District Michael Mina
South Bay Saratoga Plumed Horse
San Francisco North Beach Quince
Wine Country Napa Valley Redd
Wine Country Napa Valley Solbar
San Francisco Nob Hill Sons & Daughters
San Francisco Marina SPQR
San Francisco Marina Spruce
Wine Country Napa Valley Terra
Wine Country Sonoma County Terrapin Creek
Peninsula Woodside The Village Pub
Peninsula San Mateo Wakuriya

OMG, the 2013 San Francisco MICHELIN Guide is Here, Almost! A List of Bib Gourmand (Good Value) Winners

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

“Michelin Reveals Bay Area’s 2013 Bib Gourmands Ahead Of MICHELIN Guide Debut - Seventy Restaurants Make Famous List for Quality Food at a Good Value

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2012 — Michelin revealed its coveted list of Bib Gourmand restaurants in the greater San Francisco area, exactly one week prior to the release of the highly anticipated MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2013.

This year 70 establishments made the list–a list that represents a sizable geographic area, including the entire Bay Area and Wine Country.

The 2013 Bib Gourmands were selected by Michelin’s esteemed and anonymous food inspectors and they represent restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most importantly, they are the restaurants that the company’s inspectors frequent themselves.

While the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is also a highly desired distinction among restaurateurs. In the 2013 edition, 21 different types of cuisine are represented among the Bib Gourmands and include restaurants across the region, including San Francisco, East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula.

The Bib Gourmands are selected by Michelin’s famously anonymous inspectors who dine across the area regularly. These local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades throughout the world. This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence. As a further guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full. For more information on the inspectors and the guide go to www.michelinguide.com

San Francisco MICHELIN Guide 2013

Bib Gourmands =

Area District Restaurant
—- ——– ———-
East Bay Lafayette Artisan Bistro
——– ——— ————–
San Francisco Marina A 16
————- —— —-
San Francisco Mission Bar Bambino
————- ——- ———–
San Francisco Mission Bar Tartine
————- ——- ———–
East Bay Oakland Bellanico
——– ——- ———
San Francisco Marina Betelnut
————- —— ——–
San Francisco Marina Bistro Aix
————- —— ———-
Wine Country Napa Valley Bistro Jeanty
———— ———– ————-
Wine Country Sonoma County Bistro 29
———— ————- ———
Wine Country Sonoma County Boon Eat + Drink
———— ————- —————-
Marin Corte Madera Brick & Bottle
—– ———— ————–
San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Burma Superstar
————- —————– —————
Wine Country Napa Valley C Casa
———— ———– ——
San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Chapeau!
————- —————– ——–
East Bay Lafayette Chevalier
——– ——— ———
East Bay Oakland Chu
——– ——- —
East Bay Berkeley Comal
——– ——– —–
San Francisco Castro Contigo
————- —— ——-
Wine Country Napa Valley Cook St. Helena
———— ———– —————
East Bay Berkeley Corso
——– ——– —–
San Francisco North Beach Cotogna
————- ———– ——-
Peninsula Redwood City Crouching Tiger
——— ———— —————
Wine Country Sonoma County Cucina Paradiso
———— ————- —————
San Francisco Mission Delfina
————- ——- ——-
San Francisco Civic Center Domo
————- ———— —-
Peninsula Redwood City Donato Enoteca
——— ———— ————–
San Francisco Marina Dosa
————- —— —-
East Bay Berkeley FIVE
——– ——– —-
San Francisco Mission flour + water
————- ——- ————-
San Francisco SoMa Fringale
————- —- ——–
San Francisco Mission Gajalee
————- ——- ——-
East Bay Berkeley Gather
——– ——– ——
South Bay Saratoga Hachi Ju Hachi
——— ——– ————–
Wine Country Sonoma County Hot Box Grill
———— ————- ————-
Marin San Anselmo Insalata’s
—– ———– ———-
East Bay Berkeley Ippuku
——– ——– ——
South Bay Santa Clara Kabab & Curry’s
——— ———– —————
San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Kappou Gomi
————- —————– ———–
Wine Country Sonoma County K & L Bistro
———— ————- ————
San Francisco North Beach Kokkari Estiatorio
————- ———– ——————
Wine Country Sonoma County LaSalette
———— ————- ———
San Francisco SoMa Le Charm
————- —- ——–
Marin Sausalito Le Garage
—– ——— ———
San Francisco Marina Mamacita
————- —— ——–
Marin San Anselmo Marinitas
—– ———– ———
San Francisco SoMa Marlowe
————- —- ——-
Wine Country Sonoma County Monti’s Rotisserie
———— ————- ——————
Wine Country Napa Valley Oenotri
———— ———– ——-
San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Old Mandarin Islamic
————- —————– ——————–
Peninsula San Mateo Osteria Coppa
——— ——— ————-
San Francisco Financial District Perbacco
————- —————— ——–
East Bay Oakland Plum
——– ——- —-
Wine Country Napa Valley Redd Wood
———— ———– ———
Wine Country Sonoma County Risibisi
———— ————- ——–
East Bay Berkeley Rivoli
——– ——– ——
Wine Country Sonoma County Sazon
———— ————- —–
Wine Country Sonoma County Scopa
———— ————- —–
San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Sichuan Home
————- —————– ————
San Francisco Financial District Slanted Door (The)
————- —————— —————–
San Francisco Mission Slow Club
————- ——- ———
San Francisco Marina Sociale
————- —— ——-
San Francisco Castro Starbelly
————- —— ———
Marin Sausalito Sushi Ran
—– ——— ———
East Bay Danville Thai House
——– ——– ———-
Wine Country Sonoma County the girl & the fig
———— ————- ——————
San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Troya
————- —————– —–
Wine Country Sonoma County Willi’s Wine Bar
———— ————- —————-
East Bay Oakland Wood Tavern
——– ——- ———–
San Francisco SoMa Yank Sing
————- —- ———
San Francisco SoMa Zero Zero
————- —- ———

Good-Bye, Set of Michelin LTX Mud and Snow Tires – Born in Japan, 2001, Died in San Francisco After a Decade of Service

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

If you baby your Michelins, you can get ten years of life out of them, I’m guessing.

Anyway, these tires, from a now-shut-down factory in Gunma Prefecture in Ota, Japan, lasted more than a decade.

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Hurray!

The Open-Air Employee Lounge of Michelin-Starred One Market Restaurant

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Stuart near Market, right across the street from Justin Herman Plaza:

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All the Michelin-Starred Restaurants of the Greater Bay Area for 2012

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Here they are, all the Michelin-starred restaurants in the greater Bay Area for 2012.

Get all the deets, after the jump.

Three Stars

French Laundry
Restaurant at Meadowood

Two Stars

Baumé
Benu
Coi
Cyrus
Manresa
Saison

One Star

Acquerello
Alexander’s Steakhouse
Ame
Applewood
Atelier Crenn
Auberge du Soleil
Aziza
Bouchon
Boulevard
Campton Place
Chez TJ
Commis
Dio Deka
étoile
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Fleur de Lys
Frances
Gary Danko
La Costanera
La Folie
La Toque
Luce
Madera
Madrona Manor
Masa’s
Michael Mina
One Market
Plumed Horse
Quince
Redd
Santé
Solbar
Sons & Daughters
Spruce
Terra
Terrapin Creek
Ubuntu
Village Pub
Wakuriya

(more…)

Here are the 77 Michelin Guide Bay Area Bib Gourmand “Good Value” Restaurants for 2012

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Just announced, what you’ll see when your Michelin Red Guide comes out next week.

Someday, I’ll tell you about the kick-ass Michelin tires what have been in service on my giant Toyota for tens years now:

“Michelin Offers List of 77 Bay Area ‘Bib Gourmand’ Restaurants for 2012

Full Selection to Be Announced Oct. 25

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2011 / — To whet the appetite of Bay Area residents for the sixth edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country being released next week, Michelin announced today the 77 Bib Gourmand restaurants listed in its 2012 edition. Bib Gourmand selections are restaurants serving two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).

Introduced in the 1997 editions of the MICHELIN Guides in Europe, the Bib Gourmand is identified in the guide by a red symbol depicting the head of Bibendum, the Michelin Man. This year, 19 restaurants in the Bay Area are new to the Bib Gourmand category, which indicates the inspectors’ favorites for good value. The full selection of restaurants — including those garnering the famous MICHELIN stars — will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 25, when Michelin officially introduces its complete selection for the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012. The guide will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 26, at $18.99.

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 covers a wider geographic region than most of its peers, stretching from Los Gatos in the south to Geyserville in the north. Over the past year, Michelin inspectors have analyzed restaurants throughout Northern California, always anonymously. MICHELIN inspectors share insights from their many meals on Twitter at @MichelinGuideSF.

The Bib Gourmand selections for 2012:

A 16

Artisan Bistro

Bar Bambino

Bar Tartine

BarBersQ

Bay Wolf

Bellanico

Betelnut

Bistro 29

Bistro Aix

Bistro Jeanty

Boon Eat + Drink

Bottega

Burma Superstar

C Casa

Chapeau!

Chevalier

Chu

Colibri

Contigo

Cook St. Helena

Corso

Cotogna

Crouching Tiger

Cucina Paradiso

Delarosa

Delfina

Domo

Dosa

eVe

Fish Story

FIVE

flour + water

Fringale

Gather

Hachi Ju Hachi

Hibiscus

Hot Box Grill

Incanto

Insalata’s

Ippuku

K & L Bistro

Kabab & Curry’s

Kappou Gomi

Kitchen (The)

Kokkari Estiatorio

LaSalette

Laurus

Le Charm

Le Garage

Mamacita

Marinitas

Monti’s Rotisserie

Namu

Oenotri

Osteria Coppa

Perbacco

Pican

Plum

Risibisi

Rivoli

Sazon

Scopa

Slanted Door (The)

Slow Club

Sociale

SPQR

Starbelly

Sumika

Sushi Ran

Thai House

the girl & the fig

Troya

Willi’s Wine Bar

Wood Tavern

Yank Sing

Zero Zero

With more than one million copies sold in approximately 100 countries, the MICHELIN Guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selections, especially with small establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price. Both the popularity and importance of the Bib Gourmand category and the Under $25 category are reflected in the 2012 edition. Moreover, inclusion in the MICHELIN Guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, because only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are featured in the guide.

Enhancing mobility is not only the mission of the Michelin Group but also of the MICHELIN Guide, which was created to assist travelers — and motorists, in particular — by making their journeys more enjoyable. Now representing 23 countries and three continents, the collection of 27 MICHELIN Guides includes more than 45,000 addresses. In North America, three U.S. cities — New York, San Francisco and Chicago — currently have guides. For more information about the guides and the inspection methodology, visit www.michelinguide.com.

The Greenest Thing You’ll Ever Eat Can Be Found at Bushi Tei Restaurant in Japantown

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

See?

That’s pretty green, huh?

I think it’s celery something, but they change the menu so much I can’t find the name of this starter online:

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And oh yes, please don’t steal their unique chopsticks, no matter how tempted you might become…

The World’s Most-Stolen Chopsticks Can Be Found at Bushi-Tei on Post in Japantown – Plus, Handmade Pocky!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Oh dear, I guess Carolyn Alburger already posted a photo of those famous Bushi-Tei chopsticks, you know, the ones so unique that high-end diners swipe them. So, I’m not really adding anything here:

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(Honestly, I missed the photo that she posted. Don’t know how that happened…)

Darn, this means that I’m just another free-loading internet wantrepreneur, another aggregator.

So, I guess alls that left to do is send out a misleading, hyped-up, SEO-optimized, Huffington Post-style Tweet and then I’ll watch the $$$ roll in…

No, I can’t do it! I gots to add value before this post is done.

Let’s see here, Bushi Tei’s chopsticks look like Harry Potter wands, like mini-Elderwands. (There, I’ve started the rise from mere internet wantrepreneur, mere aggregator, up to the lofty perch of blogger, of content creator. Hurray! Whew, that was close.)

But wait, there’s more.

OMG, handmade Pocky!

“Chocolate Pot de Creme – Blackberry and Elderflower: Handmade Pocky” by Pastry Chef Yuko Fujii:

These Pockies are the cutest things I’ve seen since those mini choco burgers that Spork gives you to ease the pain right at the time you realize you dropped $80-something at a revamped KFC. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And, last I heard, their Original Recipe Pull Apart Rolls with whipped honey butter and sea salt are still free, price on the menu is listed as $0.00. Hurray! Oh yes, please don’t steal Spork’s hefty, metal, straight-outta-Pusan sporks neither.)

I was going to save these Pockies for another post, but I sure don’t want anybody to call me the “A-word.”

Anyway, bushi tei is swinging for the fences up there on Post Street – I mean, they had a Michelin star(!) for a while, right? (And let me tell you, you won’t find too many of those in District 5, let me tell you.)

And now, bushi-tei has a new chef, I understand, so who knows what the future will bring.

Fin

The New Michelin Guide is Here! The New Bay Area Michelin Guide is Here for 2011! (And Chez Panisse is Off The List :())

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Here they are, the best restaurants in the Bay Area for 2011, below.

Carolyn Alburger is all over this situation already at Eater SF as is Paolo Lucchesi at The Inside Scoop, as is Jay Barmann at GrubStreet SF.

2011 MICHELIN GUIDE SAN FRANCISCO STARRED RESTAURANTS (“N” DENOTES A NEW STARRED RESTAURANT)
Three Michelin stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey. One always eats here extremely well, sometimes superbly.  Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.
Two Michelin stars mean excellent cuisine, worth a detour. Skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality.
One Michelin star means a very good restaurant in its category. A place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
Ame
Applewood (Guerneville) (N)
Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford)
Aziza
Baumé (Palo Alto) (N)
Bouchon (Yountville)
Boulevard
Campton Place (N)
Chez TJ
Commis
The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
Dio Deka (Los Gatos) (N)
étoile (Yountville)
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant (Forestville)
Fleur de Lys
Frances (N)
Gary Danko
La Folie
La Toque (Napa)
Luce
Madera (Menlo Park) (N)
Madrona Manor (Healdsburg)
Masa’s
Mirepoix (Windsor) (N)
Murray Circle (Sausalito)
One Market
Plumed Horse (San Jose)
Quince
Redd (Yountville)
Saison (N)
Santé (Sonoma)
Solbar (Calistoga)
Spruce (N)
Terra (St. Helena)
Ubuntu (Napa)
The Village Pub (Woodside)
Wakuriya (San Mateo)
(N)
All the deets, after the jump
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OMG, It’s Judgment Day for Bay Area Restaurants! – Michelin Guide 2011 Debuting – Jean Luc Calling Area Chefs Right Now

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Well, it’s finally arrived, the biggest day in high-end bay area restaurants for the entire year of 2010. It’s Opening Day for the Famously Anonymous Michelin Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Restaurants 2011.

Keep up with the day’s events on the Twitter. Here’s the latest:

“Jean-Luc will be calling chefs soon…we can’t wait for the big day in San Francisco!

In other words, Jean-Luc Naret, bon vivant and Director of the Michelin Guides, is on the horn giving area chefs wake-up calls, just the way the Nobel Prize Committee does it.

And Paolo Lucchesi, the Bay Area’s Most Popular Blogger, has just handicapped the race. Check it:

Six plotlines to follow for the upcoming Bay Area Michelin Guide

This is serious bidness, people.

Now you’re prepared for when the announcements come.

Enjoy.