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Posted on August 18, 2021

MICHELIN Guide Inspectors Announce Eight New Additions Across the Central Coast of California

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  • New additions to be announced in each region leading up to the MICHELIN Guide California Bib Gourmand and Star announcements in late September

GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 18, 2021 — The MICHELIN Guide today announced eight new additions in the Central Coast to the 2021 MICHELIN Guide California selection. These establishments are highlighted as “New” on guide.michelin.com to help food lovers identify new discoveries prior to the annual announcement of Bib Gourmands and Stars.

City

Date

Los Angeles New Additions

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Orange County and San Diego New Additions

Wednesday, Sept. 15

 

Here’s the list of new additions with inspector notes from each restaurant:

Alderwood       
The menu stars responsibly-sourced oysters and choice cuts of aged beef. Get going with a crispy crab sandwich offered with cool tartar sauce and piping-hot fries. Then, tuck into wood-roasted shrimp with leeks and pancetta, before calling it a night with the raspberry dream sundae.

Bibi Ji  
This trendy Indian dining room makes quite a splash. Harnessing the best of land and sea, these dishes are born for sharing. Behold such inventive bites as crispy cauliflower tossed with chili-garlic sauce and finished with sesame. Barra kebab highlights intensely spiced tandoor lamb chops with mint chutney.

Caruso's          
The Rosewood Miramar Beach is its home and contemporary Californian food with Italian leanings is the team's dictum. The seasonal prix-fixe takes center stage. A chilled minted pea soup with pickled fennel makes for a rich kickoff and may be tailed by gnocchetti Sardi mingled with dulse, uni and caviar for zest and decadence.

Loquita
Servers know the menu by heart, so follow their lead and start with tapas like crusty pan con tomate, before digging into hearty chorizo y pollo paella. An homage to the El Bullí olive is a contemporary signature, while carpaccio garnished with pickled mustard seeds and aged sherry vinegar is forever popular.

Mentone          
Soft hues, dark green-framed doors, and a barn-like a structure foster a communal sense. The carte is unusual, unveiling fried sardines with Meyer lemon aioli or white bean soup with chickpeas in a prosciutto broth. Pizzas take the cake, such as the "Pesto" shimmering with fromage blanc, Crescenza and caciocavallo, or "Sardenaira" with tomato sauce, anchovies and olives.

Ox + Anchor     
Chef Ryan Fancher's modern steakhouse is set on the grounds of Hotel San Luis Obispo. Charred steaks and sides including creamed spinach with onion rings are the main event, but also make room for room for such elevated comfort fare as savory goat cheese croquettes with sweet lavender honey.

Six Test Kitchen           
A multi-course tasting inspired by the seasons of the Central Coast is on the books. Fridays and Saturdays feature an expanded menu with dishes that highlight the chef's unique style. Imagine chicken liver mousse with shallot-onion jam; tailed by crispy duck with jus and pickled beets.

The Restaurant at Justin           
Happily set in the Justin Winery, this Californian-centric haven is a celebration of the seasons and abundant local ingredients. Lunch is dialed back, but the menu truly shines at night, when the kitchen team flexes their creative skills to churn out deliciously complementary items.

The new selections will be available on the MICHELIN Guide iOS and Android app. Download the app to explore all the Michelin-rated restaurants across the globe and book the world’s most unique and exciting hotels. App users can also create and share their own restaurant and hotel wish lists.

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2 Comments

Melissa Bond | August 19, 2021 @ 11:18AM
I think it’s great that Santa Cruz finally got some recognition but how much is about just the food as opposed spend thousand of dollars to have a marketing company put you there? These two are great restaurants but there are more great restaurants here in Santa Cruz . The only difference is that the others don’t have the investors baking it up and are unable to pay marketing firms to get recognition.

Ivone Monticelli | August 19, 2021 @ 12:53AM
I went in a road trip to California, and I stopped by Alderwood restaurant for dinner. It’s truly a gem in this beautiful town of Santa Cruz, California. The oysters are a must, the signature burger was fantastic, and drinks, anyone you choose are the perfect end of this fabulous meal. I am glad it’s recognized by MICHELIN Guide California selection. Congratulations!

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