SW shared this article with me today from one of my favorite sites, SFGate.com.
Thought it was pretty interesting to learn about this Michelin category ‘Bib Gourmand’. never heard of it..You must be able to get two courses and a glass of wine (or dessert) for $40 or less, before tax and tip. what a deal!
This list is great–it’ll give us some new ideas of places to check out 🙂
Michelin has released its annual list of San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country Bib Gourmand restaurants, the list of “value” spots that doubles as a precursor to the Michelin stars announcement next week. To recap, restaurants that qualify as Bib Gourmands are required to serve two courses and a glass of wine (or dessert) for $40 or less, before tax and tip.
This year, 83 Bay Area restaurants were deemed worthy of Bib Gourmand status, up from 70 last year and 77 the year before. The full list of restaurants is below, and for the visual folks in the bunch, the collection is in the gallery above as well.
New to the list are the following restaurants: Backyard (Forestville), Chalkboard (Healdsburg), Ebisu (SF), Evvia (Palo Alto), Fey (Menlo Park), Glen Ellen Star (Glen Ellen), Happy Noodles (San Mateo), Izakaya Yuzuki (SF), La Costanera (Montara), Mason Pacific (SF), M.Y. China (SF), Ramen Shop (Oakland), Regalito (SF), Rich Table (SF), Sana Marin (San Rafael), Sir and Star (Olema), 1601 Bar & Kitchen (SF), and Vesta (Redwood City)
The Bib Gourmand status also means that the selections will not earn a Michelin star, something that may have been a possibility for places like Rich Table and Sir and Star, which both earned 3.5 stars for food from the Chronicle this year.
Do note that La Costanera, the Peruvian restaurant on the coast in Montara, has carried a Michelin star for the last two years. With Bib Gourmand status this year, it would appear that its star run won’t continue this year.
Also, Sana Marin’s honor came a little too late: The San Rafael spot closed last week.
Five restaurants were removed from the list this year: Betelnut, Kabab & Curry’s, K & L Bistro, Le Cham, and the now-closed Bar Bambino.
For the complete list of Bib Gourmand Restaurants: