All of the designations have been granted for the year, so you know exactly how our inspectors feel about all of your favorite restaurants across the four U.S. cities they cover. But Michelin stars, Bib Gourmand and the like are for the restaurants and not individual dishes. Below, we've rounded up our inspectors' favorite food and drink items from across the country (in no particular order).
Be sure to check out the Michelin Inspectors Instagram account for pictures of all of the dishes listed.
"This beef rib (pictured above) may seem deceptively simple, but the flavors of fat and smoke proved otherwise."
"The green mango salad with catfish at Arharn Thai in Queens was a fun and memorable play on flavors and textures."
"A refreshingly quenching mocktail of tonic flavored with garam masala."
"Silken pasta logs flanking a trio of morels stuffed with Burgundy snails—plump, pristine and perfect."
"Texas by way of Brooklyn. At Hometown Bar-B-Que, you won't find a more gratifying platter of 'cue in town. A tip of the hat goes to the shredded lamb belly."
"A sweet, savory and surprisingly complementary coupling of guava sorbet with pistachio butter."
"Clean, toothsome soba noodles with a bracing undercurrent of salinity."
"No surprise this dish is called "Chicken With Explosive Chili Pepper"—it certainly delivered on the promise of its title!"
"This mojito jello shot served in a bucket of crushed ice was an all-round palate pleasing pleasure."
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"Who would have guessed that some of NYC's best soup dumplings are just steps away from Times Square?"
"Flavor-forward food is what the kitchen at Avec boasts . . . and brings."
"The pretty, pink and perfect strawberry soufflé with matcha ice cream was a sight for sore eyes . . . but even better to eat!"
"Pork musubi packed with sushi rice and perched atop a cup of Boston bibb lettuce made for a crowning, crunchy bite."
"My last meal: grilled lamb chops and a heaping pile of crispy fries from Kiki's. This plate of food can do no wrong."
"Perfectly cooked slices of pork shoulder paired with figs and pearl onions."
"Relished this sophisticated lobster roll tucked into pâte à choux and kicked up with pickles."
"Hokkaido uni draped over toasted brioche and dressed with black truffle was the embodiment of decadence and excellence."