- The United States has a whopping 155,000+ restaurants.
- Of these restaurants, only a few establishments have earned a coveted three-star Michelin rating.
- This rating, the highest accolade from the famous Michelin Guide, identifies them as exceptional dining experiences that are worth a special journey.
America is known for its rich and diverse culinary culture. From coast to coast, travelers can find cuisines from all over the world, and special dining experiences abound in just about any major center. True standouts, though, have attracted the attention of the red Michelin Guide. This prestigious guide originated in France to identify restaurants worth visiting; a three-star restaurant is worth a special journey. Here are some American restaurants that have earned that distinction.
1. Alinea (Chicago, IL)
Recognized for appearing on multiple lists of the world’s 50 best restaurants for years, Alinea is the only restaurant in Chicago that bears a three-star Michelin rating. For 17 years, it has been known for approaching cuisine with a theatrical flair and ingenious creativity. The restaurant constructs dining experiences that involve all the senses and take guests through a performance full of unexpected blends of flavor and texture that elevate meals to the next level. A meal at Alinea can be a grand performance worthy of the stage, as much about creative concepts, wordplay and flavor association as it is about conventional cooking.