The Michelin Guide has announced its highest honors this week, bestowing stars upon 90 restaurants across California. As always, San Francisco and Wine Country have the brightest constellations—see who took top awards in 2021.
Plus, the LGBTQI+ community is coming together to save the Grubstake, and more local stories to give you all the feels.
All the Michelin Star Restaurants in the Bay Area in 2021, Mapped, Eater SF
The coveted stars have been assigned for 2021 and, as always, Bay Area restaurants are shining bright. Read more.
San Francisco loves It's-It ice cream sandwiches. Just don't eat them like this person on Reddit., SFGate
Believe it or not, some even dissect the components of their It's-It sandos before eating them. And yes, there is a whole Reddit thread dedicated to the nearly century-old Bay Area staple. Read more.
A California park's name, rooted in racist history, is permanently changed, SFGate
Originally named after an Irish homesteader who murdered Native Americans to steal the coastal land, Patrick's Point will officially be renamed Sue-meg State Park. The vote follows a request from the Yurok Tribe, as California State Parks seek to reexamine their names and monuments through the Reexamining Our Past Initiative. Read more.
The Disco Ball Is How You Know She Won't Give You a Parking Ticket, The New York Times
Go for a drive around SF and you just might see a Go-4 or Cushman parking enforcement vehicle decked out in all pink—or even one serving up cobbler—instead of dishing out street cleaning tickets. Read more.
S.F. composer revives festival bringing music and circus arts to displaced children in Turkey, Datebook
Sahba Aminikia's Flying Carpet Festival moves around southeastern Turkey with a focus on areas most impacted by Covid. The goal is to bring joy to kids, through live performances by artists from around the globe. Read more.
SF's Queer Community Rallies to Save Grubstake Diner — and Make a Case for Affordable Housing, Bold Italic
If Grubstake Diner regulars and members of the LGBTQI+ community have their way, the diner will be rebuilt with 21 affordable housing units. Read more.
Sonoma County Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers, Funcheap
Just in time for the new year, eateries will replace their styrofoam takeout containers with more environmentally friendly varieties. Read more.