With the pandemic weighing down the restaurant business, the higher reaches of Michelin’s ranks remained comparatively static the previous few years in California. However there have been a critical shakeup of late to the three-star stage of eating places within the Golden State. An enormous wildfire burned down the Restaurant at Meadowood, knocking it off the listing; David Kinch closed his legendary Manresa on the finish of 2022, regardless of holding onto his star within the newest information; Quince announced it could shut six months for a rework; and for the primary time, a Southern California restaurant was given a 3rd star (however extra on that later).
Listed here are the six Michelin three-star eating places in California, or as Michelin would say, the six eating places “worthy of a particular journey.”
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Addison, San Diego
When Michelin expanded to cowl all of California in 2019, Addison obtained one star for its outstandingly executed French-influenced fare, however chef William Bradley had increased ambitions. So he and his crew set to remake the menu and discover a voice extra distinctly their very own, specializing in the produce, flavors and tradition surrounding them. Calling it “California Gastronomy” now a the nine-course tasting menu contains dishes like the Thai coconut soup tom kha gai and Regiis Ova caviar perched atop creamy koshihikari rice with a smoked sabayon and sesame seeds. Michelin seen, elevating Addison to 2 stars within the 2021 California information earlier than handing the restaurant its third this previous December.
Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Since opening in 2011, chef Dominique Crenn has put out a soulful, inventive tackle trendy French fare. After sitting at two stars for years, Michelin has lastly awarded Atelier Crenn a 3rd. The information wrote that “The present menu shows an exquisite stability of grace, artistry, technical capacity and style.” With the dignity, Crenn turned the primary lady to run a Michelin three-star restaurant in America. Not solely that, her latest restaurant Bar Crenn—an ode to basic French gastronomy—picked up a star in its first yr of eligibility. In 2019 she introduced that she would take the meat off of all her menus—seafood would stay—due to Crenn’s concern concerning the environmental impression of animal agriculture. Nonetheless, she has stated she would serve lab-grown rooster as soon as it passes FDA approval.
Benu, San Francisco
Amongst his friends, chef Corey Lee is very revered. “The primary time I ate Corey’s meals was on the French Laundry when he was chef de delicacies,” Crenn says. “I may style the expertise behind the meals. What I really like about Benu is he celebrates the place he’s from—Korea—and he communicates that in a really particular approach.” Praised for his technical capacity and refinement of dishes, Lee’s Benu earned its third star within the 2015 information. Lee has merged flavors from Korea, China and Japan with methods he honed because the French Laundry’s chef de delicacies for 4 years. The result’s a lauded tasting menu that can characteristic dishes like an oyster with pork stomach and kimchi; or smoked quail, lilies and fermented pepper.
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