If only the Oscars™ were released with this little fanfare each year, we might all get on with our lives a bit easier. The second edition of the Michelin Guide to San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country for 2008 was released yesterday, offering a revised judgment of the top dining destinations in San Francisco and the surrounding area.
Now that we’re into the second year of the guide and everyone has gotten over the initial controversy that accompanies Michelin’s initial foray into any market, the gossip and discussion will inevitably rest upon the changing fates of those included (or not) in the new version of the guide. Who got upgraded, who got downgraded, and who got dropped?
The French Laundry remains the only three-star restaurant in the Bay Area. Disappointingly, it was not joined by Manresa this year, which continues to be rated two stars as it was last year.
Two additional restaurants received new two-star ratings this year: the recently relaunched restaurant at Meadowood and Chez TJ, a long-standing favorite in Mountain View.
There are several new one-star designated restaurants (see the list below), and a couple of downgrades (Bushi-Tei in San Francisco and Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg lost their one-star status).
For your reference, here’s the new list (with new status indicated in boldface).
The French Laundry
Auberge du Soleil
Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton,
Fleur de Lys
K & L Bistro
In addition to the star ratings, Michelin publishes a group of more casual restaurants noted as “Bib Gourmand” here’s that list:
BIB GOURMAND (Under $40)
Betelnut Pejiu Wu
Cook St. Helena
Hong Kong Flower Lounge
Pres A Vi
Slanted Door (The)
South Park Café
Tokyo Go Go
Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar
Willi’s Wine Bar