LOS ANGELES, CA — Michelin’s Guide guide for California restaurants just added 30 more eateries throughout Southern California to help foodies indulge the palate.
This Michelin distinction marks restaurants that are a worthy destination or detour on any road trip.
“By revealing some of the new additions made by our inspectors throughout the year, we enhance our digital tools to further strengthen the ties that bind us to food lovers,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides. “We hope that these regular revelations and updates to the selection throughout the year will provide opportunities to highlight the profession and invite everyone to discover and support the restaurants around them.”
The entire selection of the 37 added restaurants will be fêted on Dec.5 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Restaurant teams will find out their Michelin Guide distinctions at the ceremony, which will be streamed live, the company said.
In the meantime, Michelin inspectors said these 30 restaurants From Paso Robles to Oceanside, are worth a visit.
Restaurants in Los Angeles County received the most honors on the complete list with 17 eateries receiving ratings.
Five of the Los Angeles restaurants added to the guide featured Asian cuisine and offerings. Kinn features dishes retooled with a Korean bent. At Kodō, off-menu specials such as the Japanese sea snail make experiences at this restaurant especially memorable.
Detail-oriented and handmade dishes shine at Sushi Kaneyoshi, which are highlighted by quality ingredients and artful plating, the inspector said. Yangban society is equal parts a deli and a mini-mart that offers comfort food with a Korean flair.
Yunomi Handroll Bar, located in the Arts District, was also given a rating.
“Chef David Movsisian’s Yunomi Handroll is located on a stretch of East 3rd Street that has become a hotbed of terrific restaurants and nightlife, and this cool, inviting spot is certainly keeping up with its neighbors,” a Michelin inspector said.
Latin-American and Mexican cuisines also shined on the list. Chef Ray Garcia’s asterid brings an Angeleño point of view to dishes with Latin-American, Asian and European influences. Caboco, which welcomes guests in an airy, industrial-chic space, offers thought-provoking Brazilian dishes.
in Venice is known for its local Californian yet authentically Mexican food and refreshing mezcal/tequila cocktails. Sister location to Mexico City’s Terraza Cha Cha Chá offers an upbeat atmosphere.
“The menu is refreshingly uncomplicated yet inventive with a round-up of botanas, platos principales and well-crafted desserts,” a Michelin inspector said.
Damian, located in a repurposed warehouse, has a kitchen that is rooted in the nuances of Mexican cooking.
Other restaurants honored include Hatchet Hall, which featured open-flame cooking; Camphor, which plates a delicious Fench fare with Southeast Asian spices; Matū in Beverly Hills, which features a visible kitchen; and Pizzeria Bianco, which gives New York pizza a run for its money.
Meteora, an immersive restaurant, bridges ancient and modern with a jungle-like oasis concept and exquisite cuisine.
“Chef Jordan Kahn means to cast a spell with his highly inventive cuisine, which defies neat categorization, making use of ancient cooking techniques like hot stones and live fire while utilizing a uniquely modern tapestry of eclectic, global ingredients,” a Michelin inspector said.
Rounding out the LA list are Saffy’s, a breezy space that offers lamb and pork kebabs, and San Laurel, which serves modern Californian dishes with Spanish leanings.
Four restaurants across Orange and San Diego counties were given Michelin ratings.
Kingfisher in San Diego starts the list with inventive cocktails that perfectly complement an inspired menu of Vietnamese cooking.
Ramen & Tsukemen TAO in Buena Park is easy to miss in an open-air mall, but “wondrous steaming bowls” will make any passerby regret not stopping for a taste. In Laguna Beach, Rebel Omakase has an ever-changing fish selection that provides a unique experience with every visit.
Lastly, in Oceanside, the restaurant Valle offers an ocean view with a four-course dinner and an eight-course tasting menu.
“The name is a reference to the Guadalupe Valley of Baja California, Mexico’s premier viticultural region, which furnishes the restaurant’s wine list, and serves as inspiration for Chef Roberto Alcocer’s refined, modern expression of Mexican cuisine,” a Michelin inspector said.
Four restaurants between the Central Coast and LA were also added to the list.
AMA Sushi in Montecito was honored for the chef’s artistry, the inspector said. Bar Le Côte in Los Olivos is best enjoyed with shared plates and is a perfect ode to the sea.
The Dutchess in Ojai just opened at the beginning of 2022 on Jan. 6 in a historic building that used to be one of the city’s first bakeries.
“This quirky concept features a bakery/cafe by day and a trendy Burmese restaurant by night,” a Michelin inspector said. “Come hungry, as this heartfelt menu is brimming with snacks, salads, curries and large plates designed for sharing.”
Peasants FEAST in Solvang was especially charming, the inspector said. The café is only open during the daytime, but its sandwich-driven menu is worth a lunchtime stop.
Michelin honored five restaurants on the Central Coast with ratings for any wine-country day trips.
The Hatch in downtown Paso Robles was added for its delicious rotisserie and roasted chicken, which the Michelin inspector said is a must-order. Also in Paso Robles, Les Petites Canailles has several entrées, but the inspector was most impressed by the “perfectly cooked” steaks.
Known for new American cuisine, the Paso Robles restaurant in bloom also made the list.
“Executive Chef Kenny Seliger and Executive Sous Chef Ron Frazier take the now-classic Californian menu and give it a clever update (sweet parsnip cannoli, anyone?) at in bloom,” a Michelin inspector said. “Their cooking is confident, and their dishes really come alive.”
Just a short drive further south will bring you to Nate’s on Marsh in downtown San Luis Obispo. The inspector especially loved the service on top of classic dishes and riffs on favorites that any food lover would enjoy.
The last restaurant honored on the Central Coast was Ember in Arroyo Grande. Matched with the industrial-rustic interior, the heartfelt and down-to-earth cooking was comforting, the inspector said.
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