Michelin Guide expands to include Sacramento restaurants

Sacramento Bee | BY BENJY EGELMichelin will expand its California restaurant guide coverage to include Sacramento as well as greater Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey, the company announced Tuesday morning.

U.S. guides had previously been limited to the Bay Area, New York City, Washington D.C. and Chicago after Michelin stopped visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas in 2009. Anonymous Michelin inspectors have already been through the Sacramento area, Visit Sacramento president/CEO Mike Testa said, and the California guide is expected to be released in June. It won’t be known which restaurants are included – or how many stars they received – in the guide until June.

Sacramento’s food scene has earned nods from outlets such as Thrillist and the Travel Channel in recent years. At the same time, there were no area chefs or restaurants among the 250 James Beard Award semifinalists announced last Wednesday.

Inclusion in a Michelin Guide will subsequently propel Sacramento into the national — and international — dining discussion, Camden Spit & Larder chef/co-owner Oliver Ridgeway said. The company currently publishes guides for 37 cities or regions across four continents.