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San Francisco Garners More Stars in Michelin Restaurant Guide

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Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The French Laundry and Meadowood hold onto their three Michelin stars and there are more two-star restaurants in the new guide to the San Francisco area.

Three more establishments in the city have two stars: Benu, on Hawthorne Street, for its Asian-influenced cuisine; and the American Saison, on Folsom Street. Baume, in South Bay, achieves that status for its modern French cooking.

A total of 39 restaurants earn a single star, with new entries including Atelier Crenn, La Costanera, Michael Mina, Sons & Daughters and Terrapin Creek. The volume covers San Francisco and a spread of the Bay Area stretching from Los Gatos in the south to Geyserville in the north.

San Francisco is one of three U.S. cities where Michelin currently publishes a guide annually. New York was published earlier this month and Chicago is scheduled for Nov. 15. Last week, Michelin named 77 good-value venues in San Francisco.

Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two stars are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one star denotes a very good restaurant in its category.

Michelin & Cie. is the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, after Bridgestone Corp. The French company produced its first guide in 1900, distributed free of charge (until 1920) and intended for chauffeurs. It contained practical information, including street maps and tips on using and repairing tires.

“Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012” will go on sale today at $18.99.

Here are the Michelin stars, with N demoting a new star rating.

Three stars:
French Laundry (The)
Restaurant at Meadowood

Two stars:
Baume N
Benu N
Coi
Cyrus
Manresa
Saison N

One star:
Acquerello
Alexander’s Steakhouse
Ame
Applewood
Atelier Crenn N
Auberge du Soleil
Aziza
Bouchon
Boulevard
Campton Place
Chez TJ
Commis
Dio Deka
Etoile
Farmhouse Inn & Rest.
Fleur de Lys
Frances
Gary Danko
La Costanera N
La Folie
La Toque
Luce
Madera
Madrona Manor
Masa’s
Michael Mina N
One Market
Plumed Horse
Quince
Redd
Sante
Solbar
Sons & Daughters N
Spruce
Terra
Terrapin Creek N
Ubuntu
Village Pub (The)
Wakuriya

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer on the story: Richard Vines in London at rvines@bloomberg.net or Richardvines on http://twitter.com/home.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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