DC gets more Michelin Stars

Michelin Stars for 2018

Two more D.C. restaurants just got harder to visit. Michelin today released the newest edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C. 2018, and adds two more star selections to the nation’s capital. The Michelin stars are just more proof of the DC’s extraordinary restaurant scene.

Michelin inspectors, who have been dining anonymously around Washington, D.C., for the last two years, have recognized Komi and Metier for the first time. Both restaurants were of great interest to the inspection team in the inaugural edition of the Guide last year.

“Our inspectors have thoroughly enjoyed the progression and evolution demonstrated through consistency of the restaurant scene in D.C.,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide. “Every restaurant recognized last year has maintained exceptional quality and steadiness. Notably this year, our inspectors found the kitchens of chefs Johnny Monis (Komi) and Eric Ziebold (Métier) to exude finesse, demonstrate fine attention to detail and serve high-quality, top-notch cuisine.”

Komi, led by locally beloved chef Johnny Monis, earns its first star for a Mediterranean tasting menu that offers diners a variety of small bites, house-made pasta, and roasted meat, often goat. In addition to the top notch cuisine, this spot also provides an exciting wine selection and excellent wine service.

Métier, owned by the ambitious and creative chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent, features menu items that have been locally sourced and décor items from the owners’ personal collections. Downstairs from Metier is Kinship, which was awarded one Michelin star in the premier edition of the Guide.

The restaurants of well-respected chefs Patrick O’Connell (Inn at Little Washington), José Andrés (minibar) and Aaron Silverman (Pineapple and Pearls) have maintained their two-star status in the second edition. In addition, all of the nine restaurants that received a one-star status from the inaugural edition also retained their status.

2018 Bib Gourmands

The 2018 Bib Gourmands were announced last week for D.C. Introduced in 1955, Bib Gourmand restaurants are selected by Michelin’s inspectors because they serve high quality food while making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). The new guide includes the addition of Hazel, Ivy City Smokehouse, and Sfoglina.  The complete list is available here.

Additionally, the 2018 MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., recognizes more than 70 restaurants with the Plate symbol. This designation is given to restaurants that inspectors recognize as having potential and are recommended to travelers and locals for quality food. The MICHELIN Guide is a selection of restaurants and not just a mere listing of restaurants.

More than 33 styles of cuisines appear in the Guide. Diners can find recommendations for establishments with notable wine, beer, sake and cocktail lists. In addition they can find menus which average prices are $25 and under.

The Guide will go on sale Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at major book sellers for a suggested retail price of $12.95.


Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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