Michelin Releases Latest Edition of San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country

Oct 22, 2007, 01:00 ET from Michelin

    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.
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     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
     Farmhouse Inn &                Forestville      Sonoma County
     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
     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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