Posts Tagged ‘Chapeau!’

Here are the 77 Michelin Guide Bay Area Bib Gourmand “Good Value” Restaurants for 2012

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Just announced, what you’ll see when your Michelin Red Guide comes out next week.

Someday, I’ll tell you about the kick-ass Michelin tires what have been in service on my giant Toyota for tens years now:

“Michelin Offers List of 77 Bay Area ‘Bib Gourmand’ Restaurants for 2012

Full Selection to Be Announced Oct. 25

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2011 / — To whet the appetite of Bay Area residents for the sixth edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country being released next week, Michelin announced today the 77 Bib Gourmand restaurants listed in its 2012 edition. Bib Gourmand selections are restaurants serving two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).

Introduced in the 1997 editions of the MICHELIN Guides in Europe, the Bib Gourmand is identified in the guide by a red symbol depicting the head of Bibendum, the Michelin Man. This year, 19 restaurants in the Bay Area are new to the Bib Gourmand category, which indicates the inspectors’ favorites for good value. The full selection of restaurants — including those garnering the famous MICHELIN stars — will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 25, when Michelin officially introduces its complete selection for the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012. The guide will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 26, at $18.99.

The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 covers a wider geographic region than most of its peers, stretching from Los Gatos in the south to Geyserville in the north. Over the past year, Michelin inspectors have analyzed restaurants throughout Northern California, always anonymously. MICHELIN inspectors share insights from their many meals on Twitter at @MichelinGuideSF.

The Bib Gourmand selections for 2012:

A 16

Artisan Bistro

Bar Bambino

Bar Tartine

BarBersQ

Bay Wolf

Bellanico

Betelnut

Bistro 29

Bistro Aix

Bistro Jeanty

Boon Eat + Drink

Bottega

Burma Superstar

C Casa

Chapeau!

Chevalier

Chu

Colibri

Contigo

Cook St. Helena

Corso

Cotogna

Crouching Tiger

Cucina Paradiso

Delarosa

Delfina

Domo

Dosa

eVe

Fish Story

FIVE

flour + water

Fringale

Gather

Hachi Ju Hachi

Hibiscus

Hot Box Grill

Incanto

Insalata’s

Ippuku

K & L Bistro

Kabab & Curry’s

Kappou Gomi

Kitchen (The)

Kokkari Estiatorio

LaSalette

Laurus

Le Charm

Le Garage

Mamacita

Marinitas

Monti’s Rotisserie

Namu

Oenotri

Osteria Coppa

Perbacco

Pican

Plum

Risibisi

Rivoli

Sazon

Scopa

Slanted Door (The)

Slow Club

Sociale

SPQR

Starbelly

Sumika

Sushi Ran

Thai House

the girl & the fig

Troya

Willi’s Wine Bar

Wood Tavern

Yank Sing

Zero Zero

With more than one million copies sold in approximately 100 countries, the MICHELIN Guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selections, especially with small establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price. Both the popularity and importance of the Bib Gourmand category and the Under $25 category are reflected in the 2012 edition. Moreover, inclusion in the MICHELIN Guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, because only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are featured in the guide.

Enhancing mobility is not only the mission of the Michelin Group but also of the MICHELIN Guide, which was created to assist travelers — and motorists, in particular — by making their journeys more enjoyable. Now representing 23 countries and three continents, the collection of 27 MICHELIN Guides includes more than 45,000 addresses. In North America, three U.S. cities — New York, San Francisco and Chicago — currently have guides. For more information about the guides and the inspection methodology, visit www.michelinguide.com.

The New Zagat Book is Here! The New 2011 San Francisco Zagat Book is Here!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

OMG it’s here! The new 2011 Zagat for San Francisco Dining is here.

And unlike telephone books, our “Burgundy Bible” is something Bay Areans actually still want to have these days.

This year, just like last year, it’s all Gary Danko. Pretty much.

But there’s a lot of other stuff in today’s release. Stuff like this:

“An overwhelming 83% of San Francisco surveyors say they agree that restaurants should be required to conspicuously post a letter grade reflecting the results of their health department inspection (as recently passed in NYC, taking a cue from LA).”

Check it out, below

Zagat 2011 Bay Area Survey Reveals Diners Cutting Back, Yet Getting Values, In Tough Times

Ninety-Four Noteworthy Newcomers Show Restaurateurs are Betting on the Future; Food Trucks Roll into the Rankings; San Francisco Diners Support Healthful Eating; Gary Danko Sweeps for Food, Service and Popularity; El Tonayense Named “Best Buy”

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 — Zagat Survey released its 2011 San Francisco Restaurant Survey today, with results available in print, on ZAGAT.com and via ZAGAT TO GO for iPhone, iPad and Android. This year’s Survey covers 1,373 restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area from the Wine Country up North to Carmel down South. Nearly two-thirds of the restaurants in the guide feature dinner costs under $40 and lunches below $30. Based on the feedback of over 10,000 avid local consumers, the typical Zagat-Rated restaurant was visited by surveyors over twice a day.

Cloudy Weather: The nation’s economic woes continue to affect local restaurateurs, as the average meal cost in San Francisco saw an unprecedented decline – a 1.6% decrease, from $39.40 in 2009, to $38.78 this year. Furthermore, the average cost of dining at the 20 most expensive restaurants has dropped 4.4% since the recession started. When asked how the economy is affecting their dining habits, 43% of surveyors report eating out less, 39% are more attentive to prices, 36% are picking less expensive places and 16 to 21% have cut back on alcohol, appetizers and desserts. Also, 10% say they’re less likely to try new places. Importantly, despite San Francisco’s reputation as a culinary center, locals report dining out 2.8 times per week on average, down from 3.2 pre-recession and below Zagat’s current 3.2 national average.

Silver Lining: Nonetheless, since the economic downturn, 50% of surveyors report finding better deals, 40% feel their patronage is more appreciated and 36% say it’s easier to land a table. While 59% of surveyors cite poor service as their top irritant when dining out, the decrease from 66% pre-recession suggests an improvement in the front-of-house. And it seems diners are starting to put their money where their mouths are, as the average tip increased from 18.4% pre-recession to 18.6% now. That there are 94 new arrivals in the Survey shows that restaurateurs are betting on the future.

“The down economy has made dining out more affordable, and diners have plenty of options to choose from,” said Tim Zagat, CEO and Co-Founder of Zagat Survey. “However, the good news for consumers may be bad news for restaurateurs as dining spending has declined. Fortunately, 51% of surveyors are confident that fine-dining out will bounce back with the economy.”

Keep on Truckin’: For the first time in the San Francisco guide, surveyors put food trucks and pop-up eateries on the map with full ratings and reviews – a welcome resource for the 23% of locals who report following food trucks (and other restaurants) via Twitter and Facebook. It’s also notable that this year’s Best Bang for the Buck is El Tonayense, a traveling taco-truck fleet (with a brick-and-mortar offshoot). It even bested In-N-Out Burger, as well as last year’s best buy, Saigon Sandwiches (now No. 2 and No. 3, respectively). More mobile eateries can be found on ZAGAT.com, including RoliRoti, Spencer on the Go! and hot dog purveyor Let’s Be Frank, and farmer’s market stands like 4505 Meats, Cal-Korean Namu and Tacolicious.

It goes on and on, see you after the jump

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