Contra Costa Has Arrived (in Michelin’s Guide to Bay Area Restaurants, That Is)
Seven Walnut Creek and Lafayette restaurants mentioned in new 2010 guide.
It used to be that the Michelin Guide’s coverage of Bay Area restaurants stopped at the Alameda–Contra Costa line, as though its inspectors were not allowed to drive through the Caldecott Tunnel.
The 2010 guide, however, lists seven restaurants out here in the villages: Artisan Bistro, Chevalier, Kopitiam, Metro Lafayette, Prima, Va de Vi, and Walnut Creek Yacht Club. Of the seven, three got extra points for ambience: Chevalier, Prima, and Va de Vi.
Restaurateurs covet a mention in the prestigious French guide, which came to the Bay Area in 2006. Last year’s version covered only the urban East Bay, including a few selections in Oakland and Berkeley that raised eyebrows, especially since Contra Costa was completely ignored, as was reported in a December 2008 Diablo story.
This year, East Bay coverage expanded to include Walnut Creek and Lafayette in response to “popular feedback,” a Michelin press release said, to the excitement of the honorees.
“This is a huge deal in our area,” said Kevin Weinberg, co-owner of the Walnut Creek Yacht Club.