SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two Sacramento area restaurants have received a special Michelin designation.
The two restaurants in the Sacramento region are Yue Huang, 3860 Truxel Road, in Sacramento, and Nixtaco, 1805 Cirby Way #12, in Roseville. In total, 45 restaurants in California received the designation.
Patricio Wise, the owner of Nixtaco, said the honor was very unexpected.
"It’s a big deal; it’s the Michelin guide," he said. "I mean, everybody wants to be there."
However, the high achievement, Wise said, created more pressure on him and the business. He explained that he was grateful that business was booming, but, like many restaurants, he was understaffed.
"We’re lucky to have the team we have and super thankful," Wise explained. "But we find ourselves constantly recruiting for people and constantly short of hands."
Both Nixtaco and Yue Huang sit in unassuming, suburban strip malls. One of Yue Huang's owners, C.K. Chan said she too was surprised of the award, but her customers were not.
"The food is amazing. The best in town," said Bonnie Li, who had driven from Roseville to get to the Natomas restaurant. "The dim sum here is amazing. They have really good, authentic Chinese food."
Michelin representatives will recognize the restaurants with a star selection on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
What is the Bib Gourmand award? According to Michelin's website, the designation rewards "good quality, good value restaurants."
"Bib Gourmand restaurants offer a full menu of a starter, main course and dessert, making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included)," A press release announcing the news said.
When describing Yue Huang, Michelin's press release focuses on the restaurant's dim sum menu.
"The dim sum selection features the standard array of steamed, baked and fried delights; however, diners are bound to also run across a range of more interesting items," Michelin's press release says.
And if you want to visit Nixtaco, the Roseville taqueria offers "a sweet little spot that packs big flavor punch." Several customers told ABC10, the Spanish octopus tacos were a must-try.
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