Say it loud, and say it proud: Sonoma County's fine dining scene is even finer now, as SingleThread in Healdsburg has been awarded three Michelin stars for the 2019 guide. That makes it the first restaurant in Sonoma County to ever win this honor.
As the Guide notes, “Single Thread has risen to the top of Sonoma County’s dining scene since its opening in 2016. The talented couple behind this powerhouse project has shown consistent commitment to the highest standards of ingredient quality and exceptionally refined cuisine.”
And other Wine Country restaurants have been awarded one Michelin star. It’s clear — Sonoma County, California is a food-lover’s paradise.
The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country honors are coveted awards for fine dining quality and its stars have 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.
Two stars mean “excellent cuisine, worth a detour,” while one star means “a very good restaurant in its category.” Other restaurants are awarded zero stars, but recognized as “Bib Gourmand,” representing remarkable restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).
Sonoma County's Michelin-starred restaurants for 2018 include:
131 North St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
7871 River Road
Forestville, Ca 95436
1001 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Michelin Bib Gourmand
Geyserville: Diavola Pizzeria + Salumi
Glen Ellen: Glen Ellen Star
Healdsburg: Bravas Bar de Tapas, Chalkboard
Santa Rosa: Monti’s Rotisserie
Sebastopol: Ramen Gaijin
Sonoma: El Molino Central
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. More info in Best Restaurants in Sonoma County.
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.