One star: A very good restaurant in its class
Two stars: Excellent cuisine, worth a detour
Three stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
And the stars go to ...
Note: The new Michelin star ratings will be on "The Stew" (chicagotribune.com/stew) at 4 p.m. Tuesday; check Wednesday's A+E for Phil Vettel's take on those ratings.