We told you HERE in November 2021 that Michelin was bringing its popular series of restaurant guides to Florida for the first time at the bequest of Visit Florida, and they have finally shared their first rounds of awards for the Sunshine State.

Four Orlando-based restaurants were awarded the coveted Michelin star at last night’s invitation-only ceremony, held at the Ritz-Carlton; Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Kadence, Knife and Spoon at Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, and Soseki. Seven more local restaurants were recognized with a “Bib Gourmand,” or restaurants of note that serve a full menu of starters, main courses, and desserts for roughly $49, including Bombay Street Kitchen, Domu, Papa Llama, The Ravenous Pig, The Strand, Swine and Sons, and Z Asian Vietnamese Kitchen.

Miami received 11 stars with two going to L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Miami and 19 Bib Gourmands. Three Bib Gourmands were awarded to Tampa-area restaurants as well.

Click HERE for more information on the awards, which cost Visit Orlando roughly $150,000 to seduce Michelin to the state.

Michelin launched the restaurant guide in the 1880s to help incentivize people to drive more and wear out their tires while having fun, and until recently, was mostly available only in Europe.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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