The ballots are in folks, and D.C. has seen its second round of Michelin stars awarded. Last week we discussed the 22 restaurants recognized on the Bib Gourmand list, but today we are talking stars!
Two new restaurants joined the elite Michelin club, with Komi and Metier both receiving a star; it's the first star for Komi's chef Johnny Monis and the second for Metier's Eric Ziebold who also owns Kinship. As predicted by many insiders, no D.C. restaurant was awarded the coveted three star ranking. All three two-starred restaurants from last year's list maintained their stars, while 11 others were recognized with one star, for a total of 14 D.C. restaurants earning the coveted Michelin stars.
"Building the selection takes time and our inspectors especially take their time when it comes to awarding three stars," says Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide. "The three two-star restaurants in D.C. are exceptional and strong contenders for three stars -- we are watching closely."
New to the 2018 list are 70 restaurants designated by the Plate symbol, a recognition given to restaurants that inspectors recognize as "having potential and are recommended to travelers and locals for quality food."
- Inn at Little Washington: 2 stars
- Minibar: 2 stars
- Pineapple & Pearls: 2 stars
- Blue Duck Tavern: 1 star
- Fiola: 1 star
- Kinship: 1 star
- Komi: 1 star
- Masseria:1 star
- Metier: 1 star
- Plume: 1 star
- Rose's Luxury: 1 star
- Sushi Taro: 1 star
- Tail Up Goat: 1 star
- The Dabney: 1 star
So the only question left is where will you be eating this weekend? And in case you missed the announcement of D.C.'s 22 Michelin ranked Bib Gourmand restaurants, catch up here.
The Guide will go on sale Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at major book sellers for a suggested retail price of $12.95.