Food lovers looking for the best dining around the world turn to the Michelin Guide, the world’s premier ranking of restaurants. And in the USA, California not New York, now holds the most, with its restaurants holding a collective 90 Stars total. Recently, 34 California restaurants were recently awarded Michelin Stars in conjunction with the new release of Michelin’s 2019 California guide.
When planning your food trip through Northern California, these are the current Michelin 3-Star restaurants for very fine dining, as follows:
The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa
The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa has Executive Chef Christopher Kostow at the helm It is recognized as 1 of the premier dining spots in Napa, blending rustic and luxury elements into an elegant experience. Chef Kostow and his team showcase California’s seasonal ingredients in a delicious, yet approachable presentation. He has developed relationships with growers, foragers, artisans and others who all work together to create a positive impact on Napa Valley. Meadowood has its own 2.5-acre culinary farm with seasonal crops which are grown using Organic and sustainable methods, the accompanying wine menu is excellent.
Benu, San Francisco
Chef Corey Lee hails from SKorea and runs Benu in San Francisco, which has been a 3-Star recipient for the last 4 years. Chef Lee is renowned for experimenting with East Asian flavors combined with French techniques he learned while working as chef de cuisine at fellow 3-Star restaurant, The French Laundry. Benu’s location is set in a historic Y 1922 building that was once the HQ’s for the San Francisco Newspaper Company.
Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Chef Dominque Crenn opened Atelier Crenn in San Francisco in Y 2011. She has held the honor of 2 Michelin Stars for several years and was finally awarded her 3rd star in Y 2019. That 3rd star gave Chef Crenn another important accolade, she is the only woman in the United States to head a Michelin 3-Star restaurant. She also earned a Star for her newest restaurant, Bar Crenn, in its 1st year being eligible for a Michelin Star.
Healdsburg in Sonoma County’s SingleThread is a rising star on the Michelin scene. Only 3 years old, the restaurant is the product of husband-and-wife team Kyle and Katrina Connaughton, who have earned a loyal following in addition to their Michelin Stars. They also ranked #71 on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants for Y 2019. Chef Kyle has spent a lot of time globetrotting and working in prestigious kitchens around the world. Aaron Koseba is SingleThread’s Chef de Cuisine and has also worked all over, including D.O.M. in Brazil.
The French Laundry, Yountville
For many years Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry has been 1 of the most sought-after, and hardest reservations to get. His flagship 3-Star Michelin restaurant led to other dining options including Bouchon, Ad Hoc and Per Se. Keller was one of the early pioneers of the lavish tasting menu concept, which has become a norm in the fine-dining scene. If you are not able to get a reservation for your preferred dates, you can try to get a table at nearby Ad Hoc or Bouchon.
Quince, San Francisco
Chef Michael Tusk opened Quince in San Francisco in Y 2003, and it earned a 3rd Michelin Star in Y 2017. Serving a blend of Northern Italian and fresh California cuisine, Chef Tusk is committed to sourcing the best local products. He partnered with 1 of the pioneers of Organic farming, Fresh Run Farm, who are the exclusive provider for Quince’s heirloom tomatoes, various vegetables and even flowers. Chef Tusk was the recipient of a prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef: Pacific in 2011 for both Quince and his Italian restaurant, Cotogna. If you can a not get a reservation at Quince, try his new casual wine bar, Verjus, that opened earlier this year.
Manresa, Los Gatos
Manresa is located in Los Gatos and is the passion of chef David Kinch, who was a pioneer in farm-to-table before it became the thing. The menu places its emphasis on vegetables, and his dishes pay homage to the Northern California region, including 1 that mimics the rocky coasts along the Bay Area. Some of his chefs have gone on to open their own places, several of which have earned Michelin Stars of their own, like James Syhabout who operates the 2-Star Commis in Oakland.
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