Michelin Releases Latest Edition of San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelin today released the second edition of the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country. The Michelin Guide contains more than 80 new establishments in this year's guide. The new edition features 445 establishments in all, a number that includes 384 restaurants - representing 36 types of cuisine - and 61 area hotels. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071022/CLM066 ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040818/MICHELIN ) The results of the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 will be celebrated during a special panel discussion event at 6 p.m., Wed., Oct. 24 at Book Passage in the Ferry Building. Panelists will include Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin Guide, and Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper.com. The event will also include a wine tasting. The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 again features the Bib Gourmand category, which indicates Michelin inspectors' favorites for good value. This year's Bib Gourmands include 50 restaurants that serve a menu with two dishes and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. The restaurants awarded this distinction can be identified by a red pictogram depicting the head of Bibendum(R), the Michelin Man. The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 also includes 58 restaurants serving a meal (two dishes and a glass of wine or dessert) for $25 or less. In the selection, these establishments are indicated by the coins pictogram. As a result, almost a third of the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 selection is comprised of highly affordable restaurants. While the Michelin Guide is known around the world for its famous stars, these restaurants account for just five percent of the selection. With more than one million copies sold in approximately 100 countries, the Michelin Guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selection and especially on small establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price, of which the best are included in the "Our inspectors' favorites for good value" category. Moreover, inclusion in the Michelin Guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, since only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are selected. The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 includes a total of 34 "starred" restaurants, of which one - The French Laundry - has received three stars, six two stars and 27 one star. To ensure a consistent selection, the same five criteria are used for awarding stars in all countries: product quality, preparation and flavors, the cuisine's personality, value for money and consistency. One star * means a very good restaurant in its category. Two stars ** mean excellent cooking, worth a detour. Three stars *** mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey. The presentation of each hotel and restaurant in the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 includes a description of the atmosphere, interior decoration, chef's background, etc. These descriptions are intended solely to provide readers with additional information about the establishment. Present in North America since late 2005, the Michelin Guide has two local editions: The Michelin Guide New York City, now in its third edition, and the second edition Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & the Wine Country. Two new North American guides will be published in November: the Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008 and the Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008. In Europe, the collection currently comprises 17 Michelin Guides, including English-language versions of the Michelin Guide France and the Michelin Guide Paris. The Michelin Guide is also making its entry into Asia with the publication of the first edition of the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2008 in November. Thanks to a rigorous selection process that is applied independently and consistently around the world, the Michelin Guide has become an international benchmark in gourmet dining. The selection is made by anonymous, professional inspectors who are Michelin employees and is based on the same working methods in all countries. The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2008 goes on sale on Wed., Oct. 24 for $16.95. Langenscheidt Publishing Group, premier publisher of map, travel, and language brands, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Michelin Maps and Guides. For more information, please visit www.langenscheidt.com/michelin. Available for the first time in November 2007, the Michelin Guide Los Angeles 2008 and Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008 will complement the existing catalog of Michelin maps and guides, as well as Langenscheidt's own extensive catalog of leading U.S., international, and regional maps, guides, and atlases. For more than a century, Michelin Guides have helped travelers enjoy better mobility by offering qualified restaurant and hotel recommendations throughout Europe. Now representing 21 countries and two continents, the collection of 17 Michelin Guides includes more than 45,000 addresses. Its team of highly trained inspectors visits establishments anonymously, applying Michelin's international standards for quality across many categories. In North America, the company has introduced Michelin Guides for New York City and San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country, with plans to publish 2008 guides to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Michelin has also announced that it will introduce the Michelin Guide to Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit www.michelinguide.com. The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2008 MICHELIN STARS Total number One star (*) Two stars (**) Three stars (***) of restaurants 384 27 6 1 DINING: 384 Restaurants 58 Establishments offering a simple menu at less than $25 50 "Our inspectors' favorites," establishments offering a menu with two dishes and a glass of wine or a dessert at less than $40 Cuisines included in Guide: 36 American Chinese Japanese Seafood Asian Contemporary Latin American Southwestern Bakery French Mediterranean Spanish Barbeque Fusion Mexican Steakhouse Basque Gastropub Moroccan Thai Brazilian Greek Persian Turkish Burmese Indian Peruvian Vegan Californian International Pizza Vegetarian Caribbean Italian Portuguese Vietnamese ONE STAR (*) (by neighborhood) ESTABLISHMENT CITY NEIGHBORHOOD Acquerello San Francisco Nob Hill Ame (new) San Francisco SoMa Auberge du Soleil Rutherford Napa Valley Bistro Jeanty Yountville Napa Valley Bouchon Yountville Napa Valley Boulevard San Francisco SoMa Chez Panisse Berkeley East of San Francisco Coi (new) San Francisco North Beach Area Cortez (new) San Francisco Financial District Dining Room at the Ritz- San Francisco Nob Hill Carlton Farmhouse Inn & Forestville Sonoma County Restaurant Fifth Floor San Francisco SoMa Fleur de Lys San Francisco Financial District Gary Danko San Francisco North Beach K & L Bistro Sebastopol Sonoma County La Folie San Francisco Nob Hill La Toque Rutherford Napa Valley Madrona Manor (new) Healdsburg Sonoma County Martini House (new) St. Helena Napa Valley Masa's San Francisco Nob Hill One Market (new) San Francisco SoMa Quince San Francisco Marina District Range San Francisco Mission District Redd (new) Yountville Napa Valley Rubicon San Francisco Financial District Sushi-Ran Sausalito North of San Francisco Terra St. Helena Napa Valley TWO STARS (**) (by neighborhood) ESTABLISHMENT CITY NEIGHBORHOOD Aqua San Francisco Financial District Chez TJ (new) Mountain View South of San Francisco Cyrus Healdsburg Sonoma County Manresa Los Gatos South of San Francisco Meadowood, The Restaurant St. Helena Napa Valley (new) Michael Mina San Francisco Financial District THREE STARS (***) ESTABLISHMENT CITY NEIGHBORHOOD The French Laundry Yountville Napa Valley BIB GOURMAND (Under $40) ESTABLISHMENT CITY NEIGHBORHOOD A 16 San Francisco Marina District Annalien Napa Napa Valley Bar Tartine San Francisco Mission District BarBersQ Napa Napa Valley Bay Wolf Oakland East of San Francisco Betelnut Pejiu Wu San Francisco Marina District Cafe Gibraltar El Granada South of San Francisco Celadon Napa Napa Valley Clementine San Francisco Richmond and Sunset Cook St. Helena St. Helena Napa Valley Cucina Paradiso Petaluma Sonoma County Delfina San Francisco Mission District Gaylord Sausalito North of San Francisco Hong Kong Flower Lounge Millbrae South of San Francisco Insalata's San Anselmo North of San Francisco Junnoon Palo Alto South of San Francisco Kokkari Estiatorio San Francisco North Beach Area Koo San Francisco Richmond and Sunset Le Charm San Francisco SoMa Mamacita San Francisco Marina District Mirepoix Windsor Sonoma County Namu San Francisco Richmond and Sunset Nopa San Francisco Civic Center Olivia Berkeley East of San Francisco Osake Santa Rosa Sonoma County Perbacco San Francisco Financial District Poleng San Francisco Civic Center Pres A Vi San Francisco Marina District Rin's Thai Sonoma Sonoma County Risibisi Petaluma Sonoma County rnm San Francisco Civic Center Sauce San Francisco Civic Center Scott Howard San Francisco North Beach Area Slanted Door (The) San Francisco Financial District Slow Club San Francisco Mission District Sociale San Francisco Marina District South Park Cafe San Francisco SoMa Tablespoon San Francisco Nob Hill Tamarindo Oakland East of San Francisco Tokyo Go Go San Francisco Mission District Tommaso's San Francisco North Beach Area TWO San Francisco SoMa 2223 San Francisco Castro District Universal Cafe San Francisco Mission District Vanessa's Bistro Berkeley East of San Francisco Venticello San Francisco Nob Hill Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar Healdsburg Sonoma County Willi's Wine Bar Santa Rosa Sonoma County Yank Sing San Francisco SoMa Zuzu Napa Napa Valley
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