Healdsburg’s fanciest and most decorated restaurant, SingleThread — which serves farm-to-table, Japanese-fusion type fare, for hundreds of dollars per head — just landed another big accolade. SingleThread on North Street takes the No. 46 spot on this year’s list of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” which everyone seems to treat like the definitive source of international restaurant rankings. Here are the details, from the Eater SF food blog: “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list dropped on June 5 in a Las Vegas ceremony that honored restaurants across the globe. It’s a difficult endeavor to land on the annual international ranking, but Healdsburg’s SingleThread managed the feat, landing at No. 46 this year — jumping from its spot at No. 68 in 2023. The only other U.S. restaurant to land on the acclaimed list is NYC’s Atomix which snagged the No. 6 ranking, up from its placement at No. 8 last year. SingleThread has bounced around the World’s 50 Best list in the last few years; beyond its 2023 ranking at No. 68, the restaurant hit no. 50 back in 2022. No other Bay Area or California restaurants managed to make it onto the runners-up list of 51-100. The number of U.S. restaurants to land on the fuller list was sparser this year compared to other years. Beyond Atomix and SingleThread, NYC’s Cosme ranked at No. 99 and Le Bernardin took No. 71, while Chicago’s Smyth landed at No. 90.” Also: SingleThread’s small upstairs inn, where a stay costs $1,500-plus per night, landed its own posh award earlier this spring. The Michelin Guide, which normally hands out one to three “stars” to restaurants, took a foray into the hotel industry for the first time this year — handing out one to three “keys” to hotels of the highest caliber. And just as the SingleThread restaurant has been handed three Michelin stars year after year, the inn now gets three keys. It’s one of 11 hotels in the U.S. to get this new distinction. From the Michelin website: “Don’t be fooled by the small scale of this downtown Healdsburg hotel — though it weighs in at a mere five rooms and suites, SingleThread Inn offers what might be one of the most luxurious experiences in California. It’s the work of the Los Angeles–born chef Kyle Connaughton, who has worked in celebrated kitchens in Japan and the UK, and his wife Katina, who operates the affiliated SingleThread Farm. The accommodations are anything but an afterthought, with their modern-classic aesthetic and their top-shelf comforts, not to mention their extravagant daily breakfast. But the main attraction is the Japanese-accented SingleThread Restaurant, where Inn guests enjoy preferential booking — advance planning still required.” A couple of other Healdsburg hotels made the cut as well, with two Michelin keys each: the Montage resort at the north end of town and the newly renovated Madrona on the west end. Fanciness abounds. Beverly Healdsburg, indeed! (Source: SF Eater & World’s 50 Best Restaurants & Sonoma Magazine & Michelin & Michelin & Michelin & Sharp Magazine)

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Simone Wilson was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA, where she was the editor of the Healdsburg High School Hound's Bark. She has since worked as a local journalist for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East. Simone is now a senior product manager and staff writer for the Healdsburg Tribune.


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