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3 restaurants get 2 stars in first-ever DC Michelin guide

Star gazing before Washington's first Michelin Guide Star gazing before Washington's first Michelin Guide
Carmela Zoppi | 15 Ottobre, 2016, 15:50

Photo of Little Serow by Darrow MontgomeryThis morning, Michelin announced which restaurants received its coveted stars. Here's how D.C.'s guide stacks up to other cities. Earlier this year, Bon Appétit recognized D.C.as America's best food city.

There's little surprise among the two-star winners, a level that Michelin describes as "excellent cuisine, worth a detour".

The chefs and restaurant owners took to Twitter Thursday to celebrate the honor. The French company's famously anonymous inspectors award one, two or three stars after multiple visits to a restaurant, and the ratings are known as career-makers for chefs.

In addition to Rose's Luxury, eight other restaurants earned one star apiece, Michelin's shorthand for "a very good restaurant in its category". Upon entrance, the Michelin Man himself was giving out comfy hugs while a seemingly endless supply of champagne and delicate desserts fed a solid cross-section of D.C.'s dining community-including chefs who didn't get a star.

Stars from the famed red Michelin guidebook could thrust restaurants into the worldwide spotlight and help Washington further shed its image as a city of stodgy steak houses designed for political power lunches.

Naturally, there were snubs - most glaringly, the omission of Komi and Little Serow, both highly regarded restaurants from James Beard Award-winning chef Johnny Monis.

However, "all of the pieces didn't necessarily come together", Ellis told Eater. Rasika also did not make the cut, to the surprise of many.

Further shedding its image as a city of stodgy steakhouses for power-lunchers, Washington becomes the fourth USA city with Michelin-rated restaurants, after New York, Chicago and San Francisco. These included the popular Filipino restaurant Bad Saint, Maketto, Red Hen, and several of José Andrés's less pricey restaurants such as Jaleo and China Chilcano.

Aaron Silverman, who's had a whirlwind year on the D.C. cuisine circuit, was also a man of the hour.

"The arrival of the D.C. Michelin Guide today is a historic marker for the regional dining scene", says Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington CEO Kathy E. Hollinger in an email.

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