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What's in a Star?

March 05, 1997

For many decades, the Michelin Guide has used star symbols (they really look more like daisies) to signal restaurants of above-average quality. The rankings reflect the fact that the guide is produced by an automobile tire company:

1 star: very good of its kind, a good place to stop for food.

2 stars: excellent, worth a detour.

3 stars: one of the best, worth a special trip.

In 1996, there were 438 1-star restaurants, 76 2-stars and 20 3-stars.

By the way, the bulbous little man made up of tires who symbolizes the Michelin company has a name: Bibendum.

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