Photo of Little Serow by Darrow Montgomery
Photo of Little Serow by Darrow Montgomery

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This morning, Michelin announced which restaurants received its coveted stars. Here’s who got it all wrong:

1. Everyone who published that the first edition D.C.’s Michelin guide wouldn’t include Maryland or Virginia.

That includes, the Post, Washingtonian, and yep, WCP. The Inn at Little Washington about 70 miles away in Washington, Virginia, received two stars.

2. Everyone who thought Komi, Marcel’s, Rasika, and Little Serow were obvious choices.

None received stars.

3 A LOT of these people.

They thought Komi had an equal chance of getting two stars as Pineapple & Pearls, and Little Serow was their obvious front-runner for one star. 

4. Those who thought D.C. would see a three-star restaurant.

Apparently, we’re not quite there yet. 

5. Anyone who thought the book would be thick with restaurants receiving stars. 

Only 12 restaurants received the honor, and the book is only 96 pages long. Here’s how D.C.’s guide stacks up to other cities. 

6. Anyone who thought Shaw would dominate star selections. 

Only The Dabney and Kinship got stars. Shaw Main Streets sent out a press release this morning predicting that the neighborhood would lead the pack. “We’re expecting at least 10 Shaw restaurants to be listed in the Michelin Guide,” said Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets. “We may even have a starred restaurant or two to toast to.”

7. Those who thought they’d give a nod to at least one female chef.

Didn’t happen.

8. Anyone who thought there would be a cheeky pick, like giving Ben’s Chili Bowl a star for nostalgia. 

While there are one-star noodle shops in Asia, no cheap eats establishments got stars.