Washington, DC Adds Two New Michelin One-Star Restaurants
In the second season of having its own Michelin Guide, Washington, DC, just added two more one-star restaurants — Komi and Métier. Its list of nine other one-star restaurants and three two-star restaurants remains intact, for a total of 14 starred restaurants in the nation's capital and nearby areas. No DC restaurant, however, has yet cracked the Guide's vaunted three-star category.
Komi — led by chef-owner Johnny Monis and his wife, Ann Marler — specializes in a Mediterranean tasting menu, while Métier — owned by chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent — features locally sourced menu items. Métier's downstairs neighbor, Kinship, was also awarded a single star last year. Both newly starred eateries are located in DC's downtown area.
"Our inspectors have thoroughly enjoyed the progression and evolution demonstrated through consistency of the restaurant scene in DC," said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. "Every restaurant recognized last year has maintained exceptional quality and steadiness."
In addition to the stars and reviews, 22 restaurants were given "Bib Gourmand" rankings for being overall good places to eat. New to the list are Hazel, Ivy City Smokehouse and Sfloglina, joining last year's winners — Bad Saint, Bidwell, Boqueria, Chercher, China Chilcano, Das, Doi Moi, Jaleo, Kyirisan, Lapis, Maketto, Ottoman Taverna, Oyamel, Pearl Dive Oyster Place, The Red Hen, Royal, Thip Kaho, 2 Amys and Zaytinya.
In the inaugural edition, Pineapple and Pearls (chef Aaron Silverman), Minibar (chef José Andrés) and Inn at Little Washington (chef Patrick O'Connell) won two-star recognition. In addition to Kinship, other one-star awards winners last year that are keeping their star include Rose's Luxury, The Dabney, Blue Duck Tavern, Plume, Tail Up Goat, Masseria, Fiola and Sushi Taro.
Michelin provides the following explanation of what its stars mean: One star is for "high quality cooking, worth a stop," two stars mean "excellent cuisine, worth a detour" and three stars mean "excellent cuisine, worth a special journey." Starred restaurants for the other three 2018 US Michelin Guides — New York, Chicago and San Francisco — will be announced soon. The DC Guide goes on sale Friday October 20 for a suggested retail price of $12.95.
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