Star Light, Star Bright

FrenchLaundry2014EBelow, I’ve listed all of the Michelin starred restaurants I’ve visited from 2008 until now. A hobby. A passion. An obsession. Taking “will travel for good food” to a new level.

Since my visits, some restaurants have been dropped from the current guide or closed. Most have retained their ranking, and 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.


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 *

Alinea Chicago, IL 2014 Photos here, 2016 (Alinea Miami) and 2018 ***

Atelier Crenn San Francisco, CA 2019 ***

Auberge du Soleil Rutherford, CA 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 Photos, and mentions here *, 2018

Aziza San Francisco, CA 2014 * (Now closed)

Blackbird Chicago, IL 2014 *

Blue Hill New York, NY 2018 *

Bouchon Yountville, CA 2011, 2017 *

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare New York, NY 2018 ***

Chez Panisse Berkeley, CA 2009 * ((Michelin Guide has since been discontinued in this area)

Cut Beverly Hills, CA 2009 * (Michelin Guide has since been discontinued in this area)

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

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 * (Restaurant is no longer starred)

Jean-Georges New York, NY 2016 and 2018 ***

Jungsik New York, NY 2018 **

La Toque Napa, CA 2017 *

Le Bernardin New York, NY 2012 Reviewed here ***

Le Cirque Las Vegas, NV 2008 * (Michelin Guide has since been discontinued in this area)

Le Coucou New York City, NY 2018 *

Marea New York, NY 2012 * and 2018 ** Reviewed here *

Michael Mina San Francisco, CA 2012 *

Momofuku Ko New York, NY 2016 **

Nomad New York, NY 2015 *

Oriole Chicago, IL 2018 **

Per Se New York, NY 2012 and 2018 Reviewed here and mentioned here ***

Providence Los Angeles, CA 2009 ** (Michelin Guide has since been discontinued in this area)

Quince San Francisco, CA 2010 *, 2018 *** 

Redd Yountville, CA 2012 ** (Now closed)

Roister Chicago, IL 2018 *

Saison San Francisco, CA 2015 ***

Sepia Chicago, IL 2018 *

Singlethread Healdsburg, CA, 2018 ***

Solbar Calistoga, CA 2017*

Spiaggia Chicago, IL 2018 *

Terra Saint Helena, CA 2014* (Now closed)

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 * (Restaurant is no longer starred)