Healdsburg Restaurant rated among the best in the world

SingleThread has done it again.

For the third year in a row, Healdsburg Restaurant has cracked the prestigious “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, a curated collection of outstanding global dining experiences.

Sonoma County’s only three-star Michelin restaurant jumped from No. 50 to No. 69 in 2023, putting it on the extended 51-100 list rather than the Top 50 after peaking at No. 37 in 2021.

SingleThread also won in 2019. The awards were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual list of the world’s best restaurants, published since 2002, is a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique dining experiences and a barometer of global dining trends, organizers say.

A panel of more than 1,000 international restaurant industry experts – food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and traveling foodies – select restaurants for each year’s list.

The awards were announced on June 20 in Valencia, Spain.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized among great restaurants around the world, many of whom are very close and with whom we collaborate regularly (we just had Odette #14 here in May to cook for two nights at SingleThread)” , said chef Kyle Connaughton. , who runs the restaurant with his wife, Katina.

“The restaurants on the list (are) so different and unique, so we’re very proud to represent Sonoma County with a focus on our local agriculture and artisans.”

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants hailed the Japanese-inspired SingleThread on its website.

The organization said: “The beloved culinary dream team of chef Kyle Connaughton and farmer Katina Connaughton runs this destination restaurant with guest rooms in Sonoma wine country. Katina’s farm produce meets her husband’s unique Japanese cuisine in an 11-course kaiseki-style menu that begins with an array of small snacks and moves through dishes like Wagyu beef with shiso and potatoes – as well as a strong selection of wines, of course.

“If possible, stay in one of the luxurious rooms inspired by old Japanese ryokans or inns and enjoy a breakfast of cedar roast salmon, tamago, rice donabe and other delicacies.”

Only two American restaurants made the Top 50: New York’s Atomix at No. 8, followed by fellow New York legend Le Bernardin at No. 44.

SingleThread came in ahead of the Bay Area’s only other restaurant, Saison, ranked #98.

Over the five years, the list has moved away from its intense focus on Europe, America and Japan to include the best restaurants in South America (Central Peru in Lima took the top spot in 2023), Mexico City (Pujol was No. 13) and Southeast Asia (Odette of Singapore was No. 14 and Le Du of Bangkok was No. 15).

To see the full list of winners, visit theworlds50best.com.

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