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: