Star Light, Star Bright

FrenchLaundry2014EBelow, 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. Each dinner 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.

LISTED ALPHABETICALLY

Acquerello San Francisco, CA 2015

Ai Fiori New York, NY 2016

Alinea Chicago, IL 2014 Photos here

Auberge du Soleil Rutherford, CA 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 Photos and mentions here

Aziza San Francisco, CA 2014 ***

Blackbird Chicago, IL 2014

Bouchon Yountville, CA 2011, 2017

Chez Panisse Berkeley, CA 2010 *

Cut Beverly Hills, CA 2009 *

Eleven Madison Park New York, NY 2012 & 2016  Reviewed herehere, and here

Everest Chicago, IL 2010

Fleur de Lys San Francisco, CA 2012 ***

Gary Danko San Francisco, CA 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

Graham Elliot Restaurant Chicago, IL 2012 ***

Gramercy Tavern New York, NY 2013

Jean-Georges New York, NY 2016

La Toque Napa, CA 2017

Le Bernardin New York, NY 2012 Reviewed here

Le Cirque Las Vegas, NV 2008 *

Marea New York, NY 2012 Reviewed here

Michael Mina San Francisco, CA 2011

Momofuku Ko New York, NY 2016

Nomad New York, NY 2015

Per Se New York, NY 2012 Reviewed here and mentioned here

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 French Laundry Yountville, CA 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017 Mentioned and photos here and here

The Modern New York, NY 2012 & 2016 Reviewed here

The Restaurant at Meadowood Saint Helena, CA 2013

The Spotted Pig New York, NY 2013 **

* Michelin Guide has since been discontinued in this area

** Restaurant is no longer starred

*** Now closed