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Where Might Michelin Stars Fall in D.C. This Year?

Setting the stage for the District’s second official guide

A theatrical meal at Minibar.
Photo: Minibar

The dining landscape around the District has changed dramatically since the inaugural Michelin guide put area restaurants under the microscope.

A slew of new eateries are slowly rolling out at the newly minted Wharf complex. James Beard Award-winning chef Aaron Silverman is in the process of splitting Michelin-starred Pineapple and Pearls in two, moving his daytime cafe to forthcoming bakery and wine bar, Little Pearl, while retaining the fine dining destination he’s created on Barracks Row. And Top Chef alum turned empire builder Mike Isabella unveiled his first Spanish-Moroccan outpost, the critically acclaimed Arroz.

The anonymous inspectors’ final evaluations are set to be revealed Tuesday, October 17.

Here are some things to keep in mind before the fabled Red Guide once again weighs in.

The Hunt for Three Stars

The first time around, Michelin inspectors decided that only three local establishments were worthy of two stars: tastemaker José Andrés’ whimsical Minibar; Silverman’s Pineapple and Pearls; and the venerable Inn at Little Washington.

Twelve months later, Inn chef and co-founder Patrick O’Connell — who just received a four star-review from Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema — is gearing up for the exurban restaurant’s 40th anniversary, Andrés is racing from one natural disaster to another to feed the world’s neediest people, and Silverman is adding a third restaurant (and year-round gelateria) to his plate.

Does any of that warrant a bump up to the next level?

Look Here

Those that don’t make it into the guide are a constant source of fascination.

Some of the four-star establishments in Sietsema’s book that remain absent from Michelin’s list include: Greek-themed Komi, Thai-style powerhouse Little Serow, and Indian juggernaut Rasika.

Meanwhile, if the inspectors are willing to take detours to Little Washington, does that mean a trip to the Rammy award-winning Restaurant at Patowmack Farm is also on the table?

NKOTB

There’s plenty of newcomers to the area that could be in the Michelin mix.

One that’s out of contention is Sfoglina, the neighborhood restaurant Rammy award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi installed in Van Ness. Although heralded by Sietsema as a winner (“everything about it … spells indulgence”), team Michelin placed it on the latest Bib Gourmand list — which excludes it from star treatment.

Do any of D.C.’s hottest new restaurants — be it classically French Mirabelle, Szechuan showplace Q by Peter Chang, or Isabella’s Mediterranean-themed Arroz — have what it takes to make it into the Michelin guide?

Little Serow

1511 17th Street Northwest, , DC 20036 Visit Website

Rasika

633 D Street Northwest, , DC 20004 (202) 637-1222 Visit Website

Mirabelle

900 16th Street Northwest, , DC 20006 (202) 506-3833 Visit Website

Komi

1509 17th Street Northwest, , DC 20036 (202) 332-9200 Visit Website

Sfoglina

1100 Wilson Boulevard, , VA 22209 (202) 525-1402 Visit Website

The Inn at Little Washington

309 Middle Street, , VA 22747 (540) 675-3800 Visit Website

Arroz

901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, District of Columbia (DC) 20002

Pineapple and Pearls

715 8th Street Southeast, , DC 20003 (202) 595-7375 Visit Website

Q By Peter Chang

4500 East West Highway, , MD 20814 (240) 800-3722 Visit Website

Minibar by José Andrés

855 E Street NW , Washington, DC 20004 202 393 0812 Visit Website

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