By Elena Kadvany
Peninsula restaurants earn Michelin stars, againUploaded: Oct 25, 2017
Familiar Peninsula restaurants grace this year's Bay Area Michelin stars list, released on Wednesday: Baumé in Palo Alto, Chez TJ in Mountain View, The Village Pub in Woodside and Madera in Menlo Park.
All four restaurants have been on the list for several years, except for Madera, which dropped off in 2015 but regained its star status last year.
Yukon gold potato gnocchi with shaved truffles at Madera at The Rosewood Hotel in Menlo Park. Photo by Michelle Le.
Modern French restaurant Baumé remains the only Peninsula establishment to earn two stars, defined by the Michelin Guide as "excellent cooking, worth a detour; the personality and talent of the chef and their team is evident in the refined, expertly crafted dishes." Six other Bay Area restaurants earned two stars this year.
Manresa in Los Gatos persists as the only South Bay restaurant to make the guide's three-star category. (Globally, just over 100 restaurants currently have earned that distinction, according to Michelin.)
Chez TJ, The Village Pub and Madera each earned one star this year.
The Michelin Guide decided to postpone the release of the 2018 list, which was originally scheduled for the week after the North Bay fires started. In a release Wednesday, an executive said they hope the list will encourage people to dine in the region.
"America's wine country has experienced an extraordinary tragedy and our decision to delay the 2018 selections was made with deepest concern for those affected," said Claire Dorland-Clauzel, Michelin Group executive vice president of brands, external relations and the Michelin Guide. "This community is strong and resilient. We hope that publishing the Michelin Guide selections will contribute to the region’s recovery by encouraging travelers to visit some of the best restaurants in the country that are found here."
View the full list of 55 restaurants here.