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Do You Care About Michelin Stars?

This past week, the Michelin Guide announced its 2009 starred restaurants for New York and San Francisco. The Michelin Guide, Europe's best-known restaurant guide, is released annually in the form of a series of books organized by city. The red books award restaurants zero, one, two, or three stars, and the stars are arguably the most well-regarded rankings in the global restaurant industry, with three being an extraordinary honor.

Every year since the Michelin Guide debuted stateside in 2006, there have been shakeups over restaurants that gain stars and others that are stripped of stars. For instance, Tom Colicchio's restaurant Craft was stripped of its sole star in a big upset last year; this time, the big surprise was David Chang's new restaurant Momofuku Ko receiving the honor of two stars. Do these designations affect your dining selections in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Las Vegas?

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poissondujour poissondujour 7 years
Kia - I've eaten there... it's amazing. While they aren't really *that* different than Zagat ratings, Michelin isn't swayed by trendiness, etc., so it's more solid on the food and overall experience. I've eaten at a few of them and they've all been standouts.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
God Michelin arent you huge from going and eating in all these places? and no love for Tom?
jenhead jenhead 7 years
No. I use Yelp.com to find out about restaurants. I don't really care what the so-called "experts" think about an eatery; I'd rather read reviews from people like me.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
Kia: Although I interviewed Thomas Keller, I have yet to dine at the French Laundry. However, Yum has and she shared her experience with us. You should check it out!
kia kia 7 years
Have any of you ever eaten at The French Laundry?
digibron digibron 7 years
lol, I agree with Le Luxe. I've only heard of Michelin stars from watching Gordon Ramsay shows. In Aus we have The Age's Good Food Guide which awards chef hats in a similar way, but I don't think it's quite the same level of prestige.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I'm with Shoneyjoe - I can't afford them anyway, so they really don't help with my daily decision making.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
They help me narrow down selections, so I do pay attention to the ratings.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 7 years
Why would I care what a tire company has to say about restaurants?
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
to be honest, they don't make any difference on where i choose to go. i know that for chef's it's like the OSCARS and it's really hurtful to them when they lose out, but i think that for someone like me who just likes good food and good ambiance, a star doesn't make a break a place for me.
syako syako 7 years
michelin ... just testing... :P
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Never heard of them, and it doesn't matter because we don't eat anywhere that fancy anyway.
atomicspin atomicspin 7 years
The stars help me find new restaurants that I may not have heard of. If I go to a new town, they're a good place to start, then talk to the staff to see what else is worth hitting up.
rc4480 rc4480 7 years
if i'm going to be spending the money, i'm more likely to go with a restaurant with a higher michelin rating. and good, that they took away craft's star...their food was garbage repackaged. have yet to try momofuku ko but i'm DYING to. chef crush on david chang!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
It doesn't have any bearing because I can't afford any of the starred restaurants. I love hearing about it and fantasizing, but the practical effect is minimal at best.
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