Michelin Giveth, Taketh Away Stars

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The Inn at Little Washington and chef Patrick O'Connell maintained their three Michelin stars. Courtesy Inn at Little Washington.

French tire company Michelin, which published the first D.C. edition of its famed restaurant guide in 2016, came out with its 2020 list of recommended Washington-area eateries.

While the top is the same, with restaurants like the Inn at Little Washington, Pineapple & Pearls and Minibar all earning two or three stars, interesting things happened at the one-star level.

Four restaurants joined the Michelin club: Gravitas, Maydan, Little Pearl and Sushi Nakazawa. Foggy Bottom’s Blue Duck Tavern was removed from the list. Filipino restaurant Bad Saint also did not make the cut. The reasoning for its loss of stars was pricing — Bad Saint was actually too inexpensive.

The Michelin Guides date to 1900. Stars began to be awarded to restaurants (one star only) in 1926.

The following restaurants are in the 2020 D.C. Michelin Guide:

Three Stars: 

The Inn at Little Washington

Two stars:

Pineapple and Pearls

Minibar

One star: 

Bresca

The Dabney

Fiola

Gravitas

Kinship

Komi

Little Pearl

Masseria

Maydān

Métier

Plume

Rose’s Luxury

Sushi Nakazawa

Sushi Taro

Tail Up Goat

 

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