Chef Ryan Ratino’s Jont received two stars this year and is one of five newcomers to the list.
The kind of stars Washington, D.C. traditionally respects are the ones found on a flag or a military uniform. But the nation’s capital also has a bright culinary constellation and the Michelin Guide just released its annual ranking of the city’s finest restaurants, after a pandemic-induced hiatus. The guide itself will be completely virtual by way of a three-week aptly titled series called Still Serving, which will be announcing stars and special distinctions for the District of Columbia, Chicago, and New York.
Michelin’s 2021 list for Washington is based on Covid-era dining—masks, dividers, outdoor seating—but is complicated by the many worthy restaurants that have been shuttered by the pandemic. “This starred selection highlights the remarkable strength and innovation of chefs and restaurants who continue to serve D.C.’s community of locals and tourists with high-quality cuisine,” Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides, said in a statement. “Michelin inspectors were especially impressed to discover inspiring new restaurant openings, despite the challenges of the global health crisis…