Santa Barbara County Picks Up First Two Michelin Stars
Congratulations to Sushi Bar | Montecito and Bells Los Alamos
For the first time ever, two Santa Barbara restaurants have earned a highly coveted Michelin star: Sushi Bar | Montecito and Bells in Los Alamos. The two restaurants were elevated this year from "New Discovery" to one star restaurants.
The Michelin Guide wrote the following about Sushi | Bar: “Nestled next to the tony Montecito Inn, this is no ordinary omakase eatery. Head sushi chef, Lennon Silvers-Lee, hails from Van Nuys, not Japan, and his nigiri are not just supremely finessed but also infused with original touches — like the dab of sweet corn ‘pudding’ and crunchy sourdough breadcrumbs dressing slices of hamachi.”
The Guide writes of Bell's: “After cutting their teeth at top New York City kitchens, Daisy and Greg Ryan headed to the West Coast — settling into the confines of the Santa Ynez Valley. This is cooking that tastes as good it looks, shining a spotlight on local purveyors. Naturally, the crowds keep coming for the unpretentious dishes.”
Read more about the restaurants and other California winners.