Below, I’ve listed all of the Michelin starred restaurants I’ve visited from 2008 until now. I will update with links as I review them. Not sure I will get to them all, but I will try. Since my visits, some restaurants have been dropped from the current guide or closed. Most have retained their ranking, but others have since moved up from one to two stars. To say this has been an ongoing adventure is to put it lightly. From my very first experience at Le Cirque in Las Vegas, to my latest one at Napa’s La Toque, each one has been a learning experience. This journey has taught me about passion, perseverance, and the relentless pursuit of perfection. These chefs have left it all on the line. I have the easy part; show up and reap the benefits of their blood, sweat, and tears. The road to the stars is not easy. I haven’t loved them all. In fact, there are some I’ve downright hated! The common denominator among all these restaurants is clearly the highest level of service offered time and time again, even at those whose food I did not enjoy.
AS DEFINED BY THE MICHELIN GUIDE
1- One star indicates a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
2- Denotes excellent cuisine, skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality.
3- Exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients. Three Michelin stars is considered the utmost international recognition in the culinary world.
Acquerello San Francisco, CA 2015
Ai Fiori New York, NY 2016
Aziza San Francisco, CA 2014
Blackbird Chicago, IL 2014
Bouchon Yountville, CA 2011, 2017
Chez Panisse Berkeley, CA 2010 *
Cut Beverly Hills, CA 2009 *
Everest Chicago, IL 2010
Fleur de Lys San Francisco, CA 2012 (now closed)
Gary Danko San Francisco, CA 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
Graham Elliot Restaurant Chicago, IL 2012 (now closed)
Gramercy Tavern New York, NY 2013
Jean-Georges New York, NY 2016
La Toque Napa, CA 2017
Le Cirque Las Vegas, NV 2008 *
Michael Mina San Francisco, CA 2011
Momofuku Ko New York, NY 2016
Nomad New York, NY 2015
Providence Los Angeles, CA 2009 *
Quince San Francisco, CA 2010
Redd Yountville, CA 2012
Saison San Francisco, CA 2015
Solbar Calistoga, CA 2017
Terra Saint Helena, CA 2014
The Restaurant at Meadowood Saint Helena, CA 2013
The Spotted Pig New York, NY 2013
* Michelin Guide has since been discontinued in this area