The Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide: Stars

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The Michelin Guide awards restaurants between one and three stars, and they are coveted. Getting one, or one more, can create a legend; losing one can result in significant heartbreak.

The Guide itself says that “certain establishments deserve to be brought to your attention” because of the quality of the cuisine served. Since the Michelin Guide started out as a guide to road-touring, the stars are not only associated with quality, but with driving value.

3 stars means the restaurant merits a special trip. The food, wine, decor and service will be exceptional and you should expect to pay and you should probably leave the kids at home. There were 20 3 star restaurants in the 1995 Michelin Guide and there are considerably more today.

2 stars indicates the restaurant deserves a detour. Everything will be top-notch, if not perfect, and you should not expect a bargain.

1 star means that if its on your way, you should stop. For the kind of restaurant it is, a one star establishment should serve very good food in a pleasant environment. But, the Guide warns readers not to compare the very-fancy “de luxe” restaurant that has one star to a simpler restaurant “where you can appreciate fine food at a reasonable price.” From the 1995 Michelin Guide (red).

About The Michelin Guide

Most drivers have probably heard of the Michelin guides. This guide provides drivers around the world what services to expect in every route they take. The services can be car mechanics, petrol stations and hotels.

This information is very useful to new drivers or even experienced drivers in a new route. How did Michelin Company get in the business of providing guides to drivers around the world? What is the story behind it? The guide has now transformed the hotels and restaurants business. Let us take a trip down memory lane.

How The Michelin Guide Came to be

When you first read the title, you expected me to talk about tires and mechanical stuff. I completely understand, Michelin is a famous brand in the tire industry. Originally, the Michelin guide was meant to be used as a marketing strategy. To market their tires and propose different mechanical and refilling services to drivers en route.

The authors of this guide included something that is very important to drivers, and it totally changed the guide. Food services are very vital in any route. This guide is changing the hotel industry. It is now considered as an authoritative guide in the mining industry.

The story dates back to the year 1900. This is when the first guide was published by two brothers who had a rubber factory. They manufactured tires for cars and bicycles. The two men are Andre and Edouard Michelin. The original guide was meant for about 300 motorists around Clermont, France. As stated earlier, it was meant as a marketing ploy. To entice more drivers to buy more cars and by extension, more tires.

The idea behind this was to encourage drivers to tour more dining hotels and in the process wear out their tires. This Michelin guide was a good marketing strategy. The original guides were given to motorists free of charge. But as the number of cars rose, probably due to increasing demand. The number of guides increased drastically to keep up. It eventually spilled over to different countries across the world.

Restaurant ratings

Production of the Michelin guides stopped in the year 1920, during World War 1. Restaurant ratings were introduced during this time. In 1926, the first specific star ratings for France’s dining establishments was introduced. After a few years, the 3 stars Michelin ratings took over. Here is what the stars meant at the time.

  • 1 star– a good restaurant
  • 2 stars– excellent foods
  • 3 stars– exceptional food and cuisine

In the end, the guide becomes an integral part of traveling that people willingly paid for it. To get the latest restaurant ratings. The cover changed from blue to red. The guide was so marketable that Michelin employed inspectors to rate the restaurants.

These inspectors were actually former chefs. The publication was actually relied upon by tourists as a guide to the best hotels. The Michelin guide actually spilled out of France and into the neighboring countries in Europe. It gained a massive following with readers making recommendations on how to improve accuracy.

Fast forward

The guide now covers more than 20 countries with 14 editions. It covers the hotel sector in these countries. They diversified it a bit, to cover hotels and GOURMET RESTAURANTS that offer excellent foods at a moderate price. This has really increased the scope of the Michelin guide in the culinary sector.

By 2005, it was available in the American cities of Chicago and New York. So stiff is the guide increasing competition in this sector that in 2003, a French chef shot himself. This was due to speculations that his restaurant could lose its 3-star ratings. That’s according to the

Though the Michelin guide is now almost 117 years old, it is more famous than ever. More and more people depend on it for information on the latest restaurants and the kind of food offered. The authors went ahead and published the green guide edition specifically for tourists. Some restaurants have disputed their rating methods. Terming it an unfair business practice.

The Michelin Guide Now

The Michelin guide has evolved. Today it covers more restaurants and countries than in the past. There is room for growth, as the population increases, so does the number of restaurants and dining establishments. It is a good guide for tourists visiting foreign countries. It has also promoted creativity in the culinary sector, with each establishment competing for a 3-star rating. This is the short history of the Michelin guide and how it is changing the food and drink industry.

List of Michelin Starred Restaurants in North America 2019

The Michelin Guide has ranked all of the most exciting dining spots around the world for us to know and visit and has just released it’s 2019 list.

The Michelin Guide is represented as: One-star, which means the restaurant is “an excellent restaurant in its level,” two stars, which means a restaurant has cuisine that’s worth a detour, and three stars rating means that the cooking is exceptional and worth a special journey.

The United States now has 15 gourmet restaurants that the Michelin Guide has rewarded three stars making 2019 the first time that America has this number of three-star restaurants ever!

Hers the list of all Michelin starred Gourmet restaurants in North America and how they are classified:


A total of 22 restaurants in Chicago were awarded the Michelin stars in 2019 down from 25 in 2018. The only newcomer on this years list was Temporis, a dining spot in West Town which has 11-course meals in a 20-seat dining area.

Heres the full list of Chicago’s starred gourmet restaurants below.

Three Star Michelin

1. Alinea

Two Star Michelin

2. Acadia

3. Oriole

4. Smyth

One Star Michelin

5. Band of Bohemia

6. Blackbird

7. Boka

8. Dusek’s (Board & Beer)

9. EL Ideas

10. Elizabeth

11. Elske

12. Entente

13. Everest

14. Goosefoot

15. North Pond

16. Parachute

17. Roister

18. Schwa

19. Sepia

20. Spiaggia

21. Temporis

22. Topolobampo

New York City

A total of 74 restaurants in the City That Never Sleeps were awarded the Michelin stars in 2019. The list has added 16 new gourmet restaurants this year.

Heres the full list of New York City’s starred restaurants below.

Three Star Michelin

1. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

2. Eleven Madison Park

3. Le Bernardin

4. Masa

5. Per Se

Two Star Michelin

6. Aquavit

7. Aska

8. Atera

9. Blanca

10. Daniel

11. Gabriel Kreuther

12. Ichimura at Uchū

13. Jean-Georges

14. Jungsik

15. Ko

16. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

17. Marea

18. Sushi Ginza Onodera

19. Tetsu Basement

One Star Michelin

20. The Modern

21. Agern

22. Ai Fiori

23. Aldea

24. Atomix

25. Babbo

26. Bar Uchū

27. Bâtard

28. Blue Hill

29. Bouley at Home

30. Café Boulud

31. Café China

32. Carbone m

33. Casa Enríque

34. Casa Mono

35. Caviar Russe

36. Contra

37. Cote

38. Del Posto

39. Faro

40. Gotham Bar and Grill

41. Gramercy Tavern

42. Günter Seeger NY

43. Hirohisa

44. Jeju Noodle Bar

45. Jewel Bako

46. Junoon

47. Kajitsu

48. Kanoyama

49. Kosaka

50. Kyo Ya

51. L’Appart

52. Le Coucou

53. Le Grill de Joël Robuchon

54. Meadowsweet

55. NixNoda

56. NoMad

57. Okuda

58. Oxomoco

59. Peter Luger

60. Satsuki

61. Sushi Amane

62. Sushi Inoue

63. Sushi Nakazawa

64. Sushi Noz

65. Sushi Yasuda

66. Tempura Matsui

67. The Clocktower

68. The Finch

69. The Musket Room

70. The River Café

71. Tuome

72. Uncle Boons

73. Wallsé

74. ZZ’s Clam Bar

San Fransico

Nearly 60 restaurants across San Fransico were awarded the acclaimed one-, two- or three Michelin stars.

The 2019 San Francisco Michelin Guide added eight three-Michelin-starred restaurants, making the San Fransisco Bay Area the most three starred city in the United States.

In the 2019 guide, five new one-star distinctions were awarded to restaurants: Madcap, Nico, Protégé, Bar Crenn and Birdsong.

Heres the full list of San Francisco’s starred restaurants below:

Three Star Michelin

1. Atelier Crenn

2. Benu

3. Manresa

4. Quince

5. Saison

6. SingleThread

7. The French Laundry

8. The Restaurant at Meadowood

Two Star Michelin

9. Acquerello

10. Baumé

11. Californios

12. Coi

13. Commis

14. Lazy Bear

One Star Michelin

15. Al’s Place

16. Aster

17. Auberge du Soleil

18. Bar Crenn

19. Birdsong

20. Bouchon

21. Campton Place

22. Chez TJ

23. Commonwealth

24. Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

25. Gary Danko

26. Hashiri

27. In Situ

28. jū-ni

29. Keiko à Nob Hill

30. Kenzo

31. Kin Khao

32. Kinjo

33. La Toque

34. Lord Stanley

35. Luce

36. Madcap

37. Madera

38. Madrona Manor

39. Michael Mina

40. Mister Jiu’s

41. Mourad

42. Nico

43. Octavia

44. Omakase

45. Plumed Horse

46. Protégé

47. Rasa

48. Rich Table

49. Sons & Daughters

50. SPQR

51. Spruce

52. State Bird Provisions

53. Sushi Yoshizumi

54. The Progress

55. The Village Pub

56. Wako

57. Wakuriya

Washington DC

A total of 16 gourmet restaurants in Washington, DC have earned the deeply desired Michelin stars. In 2019, Washington DC has finally acquired its first three-star restaurant ever: The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia.

Two new gourmet restaurants earned one star this year: Ryan Ratino’s Bresca and chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Siren by RW.

Heres the full list of Washington DC’s Michelin starred gourmet restaurants:

Three Star Michelin

1. The Inn at Little Washington

Two Star Michelin

2. MiniBar

3. Pineapple and Pearls

One Star Michelin

4. Blue Duck Tavern

5. Bresca

6. Fiola

7. Kinship

8. Komi

9. Masseria

10. Métier

11. Plume

12. Rose’s Luxury

13. Sushi Taro

14. Tail Up Goat

15. The Dabney

16. Siren by RW

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