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The Michelin Guide has announced its judgments on restaurants in San Francisco, the Bay Area and Wine Country.

Wine Spectator Online will post a full news story soon, and Harvey Steiman, who just wrote a cover story on San Francisco restaurants, will blog his reactions.

But here's a preview:
-- only one 3-star restaurant, French Laundry in Yountville.
-- four two stars, only two of which are in San Francisco, Michael Mina and Aqua
-- only 28 restaurants with stars, compared with 39 in New York City.

Your thoughts?
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It has not been very important in New York yet. The New York Times ratings and Zagats are much more influencial. And yes, not suprisingly they seem to rate french based restaurants higher. Also I looked it up to be sure that I wasn't way off. New York metro area had over 21,000,000 and bay area just over 7,000,000 in the 2000 census.
Originally posted by VT2IT:
Let's see, there are over 8,000,000 in NYC alone. Add in at least 5,000,000 more within a half hour(Long Island, North Jersey, Westchester county). And if you go as far away as Yountville is you will be up to about 15,000,000. That is a lot more then the bay area.
That's my point. The NYC Dining Guide included only NYC (population 8M). The SF Dining Guide not only included SF (population 7.5M) but also up to Napa... where it would bump the population over 8M.

Even still, 39/8,000,000 > 28/7,500,000. Either way...

<<edited to add: when I said SF I meant the entire Bay Area>>

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