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Second Michelin Guide cements Washington D.C. as East Coast Culinary Capital

by | Oct 19, 2017 | Press Releases

New eateries join the ranks of D.C.’s top-rated restaurants

Washington, D.C. has received increased recognition as an East Coast Culinary Capital with the release of its second Michelin Dining Guide bringing two more star-selections to the nation’s capital. Driven by the region’s most talented chefs and an abundance of locally sourced produce from the vine to the shoreline, visitors to the Capital Region can sample dishes with true Capital terroir at over 100 restaurants across Washington, D.C. and nearby locations in northern Virginia and Maryland.

Two new eateries join the ranks of D.C.’s Michelin acclaimed restaurants, each receiving one star.

Komi, led by 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), notably the only restaurant outside D.C. to gain recognition in the region, José Andrés (minibar) and Aaron Silverman (Pineapple and Pearls) have maintained their two-star status in the second edition. The two-star distinction recognises restaurants that signify to travellers a destination that is worth a detour. Also of note are the talented teams at The Dabney, Fiola, Tail Up Goat and the nine total restaurants that maintained their remarkable one-star status from the inaugural edition.

The 2018 Bib Gourmands were announced last week for D.C., awarded to restaurants that earn the attention of Michelin inspectors and are personal favourites, offering great quality food at good prices. Three new restaurants have joined the ranks of Bib Gourmand, these include; Hazel in Shaw by Chef Rob Rubba, Sfoglina from chef Fabio Trabocchi, and sea-food specialist Ivy City Smokehouse.

Additionally, the 2018 Michelin Guide Washington, D.C., recognizes more than 70 restaurants with the Plate symbol, a designation given to restaurants that inspectors recognize as having potential and are recommended to travellers and locals for quality food.

The 2018 selection includes:

  • Three restaurants with two stars
  • 11 restaurants with one star
  • 22 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand

“Michelin is telling the world what Washingtonians already know: Pack your appetite and come to DC,” said Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. “A destination’s food culture has the power to inspire, and we welcome visitors who are in store for unforgettable meals throughout our neighborhoods.”

The Guide will go on sale Friday, 20 October 2017 across major retailers.

For more information please visit, www.capitalregionusa.co.uk

Please credit image:  Greg Powers / Capital Region USA