Earlier this week, Michelin announced it would be bringing its stars to Washington, D.C. While it’s an incredible boost for D.C.’s growing food scene, this isn’t the first encounter the city has had with the French tire maker’s storied guide.
In early 1944, as the Allies began planning the invasion of Normandy, they realized they had a problem. The German military had removed or destroyed much of France’s signage, and the Allies worried they’d have trouble navigating the countryside.
- Washington D.C. Is Getting a Michelin Guide
- Shipwrecked Champagne from World War I Sells for Big Bucks
- French Pastries
They needed maps, and quickly determined that the best were Michelin's. Though we now think of the Guide as culinary reference material, Michelin originally conceived the book as an enticement to get drivers out on the roads of Europe (and wearing through tires). Its maps, bolstered with information gathered by the Michelin critics, were thought to be accurate and comprehensive.