Tucked within the food-lover’s paradise called Sonoma County, California, is a bright constellation of three restaurants that were awarded one Michelin star.
The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country (2014) announced its choices for the best restaurants in the Bay Area. The Michelin Star is a coveted award for fine dining quality and has long been considered among the most prestigious culinary accolades.
Michelin awards zero to three stars based on the inspections of anonymous reviewers. The reviewers concentrate on the quality, mastery of technique, personality and consistency of the food.
Sonoma County's Michelin-starred restaurants:
7871 River Road
Forestville, Ca 95436
1001 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
1580 Eastshore Rd.
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
In addition, 14 Sonoma County eateries were some of the 83 Bay Area establishments that made Michelin's Bib Gourmand list. The Bib Gourmand list represents restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).
Glen Ellen: Glen Ellen Star
Guerneville: Boon Eat + Drink
Healdsburg: Chalkboard, Scopa
Petaluma: Cucina Paradiso, Risibisi
Santa Rosa: Bistro 29, Monti’s Rotisserie, Sazón, Willi’s Wine Bar
Sonoma: Hot Box Grill, La Salette, the girl & the fig
Eating options at Sonoma County's 500-plus restaurants range from casual Wine Country cuisine to top gourmet fare, ethnic favorites to diner grub — all with an eat-fresh philosophy that offers visitors a true taste of wine country.
Chefs and cooks use fresh, local ingredients that are grown from the fertile earth, raised on local ranches, or harvested fresh from the sea. It’s no wonder that famed horticulturist Luther Burbank had this to say about Sonoma County, “I firmly believe, from what I have seen, that this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned.”
His words, said in 1875, still ring true today. Visit Sonoma County soon and get a taste of what Burbank was talking about.