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Regarding Terrapin Creek Café, This Year’s Michelin-Star Sleeper

CIA alums Lin and Truong
CIA alums Lin and Truong Photo: Courtesy of Terrapin Creek

Michelin always likes to surprise us by honoring on off-the-beaten-path gem that hasn’t gotten much press attention, and this year that prize went to Terrapin Creek Café, a three-year-old restaurant in quiet Bodega Bay (1580 Eastshore Road) that garnered its first Michelin star. It was opened by a couple of S.F. chef worker-bees, husband-and-wife Andrew Truong and Liya Lin, who decided, as the Scoop recounts, to leave behind city life a few years back and start a family after spending years in the kitchens of restaurants like Jardinière, Ame, and Michael Mina.

They’ve been living the dream, working in relative obscurity on the Sonoma Coast since opening in 2008, gaining a following among locals and earning three stars from the Press-Democrat in 2009. But they had no idea that a Michelin star was in the cards, and that really seals the “living-the-dream” part.

“How’d we get a Michelin star? I don’t know, but I’m happy about it,” says Truong.

See the current menu here, and since Michelin says you should, perhaps you check them out when you’re in the area by reserving at 707.875.2700.

The story of Terrapin Creek, Bodega Bay’s new darling [Scoop]
Earlier: Michelin 2012: Benu, Baumé, and Saison Get Two Stars; Sons & Daughters, Atelier Crenn Both Notch One [Updated]

Regarding Terrapin Creek Café, This Year’s Michelin-Star Sleeper