Michelin to include Sacramento restaurants in first-ever California guide
Sacramento was recently added to the list of cities whose restaurants may be highlighted in the esteemed annual Michelin Guide, a decision that has sparked excitement for some Sacramento State alumni restaurateurs.
The Michelin Guide is a book series that publishes 37 annual guides dedicated to both cities and countries which include their ratings and restaurant reviews.
Other cities included in the new California coverage are restaurants within the greater Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey areas.
According to Michelin’s website, “anonymous inspectors of different nationalities assess restaurants around the world each year based on five criteria: quality of the ingredients used, mastery of flavor and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in his cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits.”
Minnie Nguyen, 35, graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in social studies in 2007. Nguyen ended up in the restaurant business in Sacramento with her husband, Thinh Le, who is also a Sac State alumnus.
Nguyen and her husband own two Firehouse Crawfish locations, STATION 38 Coffee, STATION 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar and STATION 8 Burgers. The couple also has two Korean restaurants in the works, they told The State Hornet.
“It’s great for Sacramento to be on the map with the Michelin,” Nguyen said. “We do have amazing food here. There’s a lot of farms and we’re the capital of Farm-to-Fork.”