Michael Ellis, the newest director of the Michelin Restaurant Guide, recently mentioned in an interview with Eater National that the revered guide to international dining excellence has Atlanta on its list of American cities they are looking to expand into.
While the Michelin star system gets its fair share of criticism, it remains a consistent measuring stick for fine dining. And, to date, no grading of the Atlanta dining scene has been conducted by Michelin.
This past week, I spent a few days in San Francisco, one of a handful of American cities currently rated by the Michelin guide. Unfortunately, a trip to Napa wasn’t in the cards for me, so visiting either of the two 3-star restaurants in the Bay Area (The French Laundry or Restaurant at Meadowood) was out of the question. As if I’ve ever planned anything far enough in advance to get a reservation at either of them anyway.
But, I did visit Saison in the Mission district of San Fran, one of the restaurants that has earned two stars (and could well be on their way to their third in years to come). It was a fantastic experience, roughly 18 courses of refined and imaginative seasonal cuisine. There was no doubt in my mind, from the food to the service, that Saison had earned each of those two stars.
So, Ellis’ statements that Atlanta could soon be graded on the same scale obviously had me thinking, and I’m interested to hear what you think: What restaurants do you think would be most deserving of Michelin stars in Atlanta, and why? Who would you like to see high up on that list?
PLEASE NOTE: This question is framed in terms of the positive. Please refrain from using this as a platform to slam the Atlanta dining scene or to slam specific restaurants, lest you be swiftly moderated.
- By Jon Watson, Food and More blog