October 3, 2006

Michelin Guide announces its first U.S. West Coast edition

San Francisco, California – Michelin has announced the publication of its first-ever restaurant and hotel Guide for the West Coast, covering the San Francisco, Bay Area and wine country, which arrives in stores tomorrow. The famous guides, which rate restaurants and hotels by a star system, are published by the tire manufacturer, and cover 20 European countries, as well as its first-ever North American guide, published last year, for New York City.

Overall, 356 restaurants and 60 hotels were selected for inclusion. The French Laundry restaurant received the highest three-star rating (“exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”), while four restaurants received a two-star rating (“excellent cooking, worth a detour”), 23 received a single star for being “a very good restaurant in its category”, and 328 were selected for “a quality experience”. The Guide covers San Francisco, Sausalito, Oakland, San Jose and Berkeley, as well as the Wine Country, including Napa and Sonoma. For more information, visit www.michelinguide.com.

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