Foodies rejoice! A dozen Washington eateries get Michelin stars

Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:43pm EDT
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By Ian Simpson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first-ever Michelin Guide for Washington selected a dozen restaurants for its coveted stars on Thursday in recognition of the U.S. capital's vibrant dining scene and chefs' use of local foods.

The little red book awarded two stars to Spanish-born chef Jose Andres' Minibar, chef Aaron Silverman's Pineapple & Pearls and Patrick O'Connell's French-cuisine Inn at Little Washington outside the city.

No D.C. restaurant received the top honor of three stars.

Further shedding its image as a city of stodgy steakhouses for power-lunchers, Washington becomes the fourth U.S. city with Michelin-rated restaurants, after New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Michelin guides cover 28 countries worldwide.

"Over the last five years the culinary offering has significantly developed in the city, driven by chefs who have traveled, have trained abroad and have enriched their cuisine on their return by incorporating new techniques, new flavors and new seasonings," Michael Ellis, the international director of the Michelin guides, said in a statement.

The "Mid-Atlantic cuisine" developed by chefs using regional produce has amplified the upturn, he said. Two one-star restaurants - The Dabney and Rose's Luxury - were singled out for championing regional cooking.

The other one-star restaurants are Blue Duck Tavern, Kinship, Plume, Tail Up Goat, Italian restaurants Masseria and Fiola, and Japanese restaurant Sushi Taro.

Andres, 47, said the early-morning call from Michelin culminated a dream he had had since he pored over menus posted in the doors of Michelin-starred restaurants as a boy in Barcelona.   Continued...

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) honors Spanish-born chef and restauranteur Jose Andres with the Outstanding American by Choice award during a naturalization ceremony at the White House in Washington July 4, 2014.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo