After four years as the sole three star restaurant in the area, The French Laundry is joined by The Restaurant at Meadowood in its tier. Coi, Cyrus and Manresa continue to hold down the two star category and 39 restaurants earned a single star this year -- that's up from 34 one-starred wonders in last year's edition. New restaurants with one star are Alexander's Steakhouse, Applewood, Baumé, Campton Place, Dio Deka, Frances, Madera, Mirepoix, Saison, Spruce and Wakuriya.
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San Francisco's 2011 Michelin Stars: French Laundry Keeps Three, Chez Panisse Down To None