While the James Beard Award may carry more notability around these parts, the Michelin Guide is in fact the real deal. Early this morning, the famed guidebook (and tire manufacturer), released their ratings for 2011. Of particular note to us in the Dirty, Sotohiro Kosugi garnered a second star for his well regarded New York City sushi bar. This is an astounding accomplishment, and with restaurants like Wylie Dufresne’s wd~50 sitting below Soto, you can tell this is an impressive heap to climb. While Bibendum is all smiles today, this serves as another twist to the gut for those of us her in Atlanta! If you’re curious to see the whole list, you can see it here!