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SF Michelin Stars for 2011

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Michelin has awarded its stars for 2011 and there are some major announcements for North Bay restaurants…
THREE STARS (exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey)
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood (N)
Golden boy Christopher Kostow gets his much-sought after third star, bumping him up into the same category as the French Laundry. I soooo called that two years ago.

TWO STARS (excellent cuisine, worth a detour)
Healdsburg’s Cyrus remains a serious contender in the haute cuisine category, but misses hitting that three-star mark.
ONE STAR (a very good restaurant in its category)
Alexander’s Steakhouse (N)
Applewood (N)
Auberge de Soleil
Baumé (N)
Campton Place (N)
Chez TJ
The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
Dio Deka (N)
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Fleur de Lys
Frances (N)
Gary Danko
La Folie
La Toque
Madera (N)
Madrona Manor
Mirepoix (N)
Murray Circle
One Market
Plumed Horse
Saison (N)
Spruce (N)
The Village Pub
Wakuriya (N)
Of the newcomers, Applewood Inn and Mirepoix are long overdue. It’s nice to see these restaurants getting their due. Mirepoix changed up its menu to reflect a more upscale dining experience after opening the it’s cafe-eats sibling, Bistro M last year. Michelin stars have long been in Matthew Bousquet’s eyes, so it’s nice to see him get credit. Applewood’s Bruce Frieseke has long been under the radar, but also is well-deserving of the applause.
And losing its only star? Chez Panisse. Ouch.

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3 thoughts on “SF Michelin Stars for 2011

  1. Thanks for the summarized North Bay listing BCE, it’s much appreciated!
    May I ask for explanation on the highlighted names and also what the “(N)” designation refers to? Sorry to be clueless. 😉

  2. CYRUS will never match the FRENCH LAUNDRY! Great to see the FARMHOUSE & APPLEWOOD INN get their due. I am surprised that GARY DANKO only got one star though.

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