The new Michelin book is here! The new Michelin book is here! Well, it’s almost here, arriving next week, but here’s a sneak peek:
“Michelin has announced its list of 74 “Bib Gourmand” restaurants in its 2011 guide. Also known as the “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value,” Bib Gourmand restaurants offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).”
Here they are, the winners for the bay area (including Napa and Sonoma Wine Country up north). The first-timers are double-asterixed:
Brown Sugar Kitchen
Café des Amis**
Cook St. Helena
flour + water
Hachi Ju Hachi**
Hong Kong Flower Lounge
Kabab & Curry’s**
K & L Bistro
Slanted Door (The)
Sons & Daughters**
Tavern at Lark Creek
the girl & the fig
Willi’s Wine Bar
All the deets:
Brilliance on a Budget: Michelin Inspectors Designate 29 New ‘Bib Gourmand’ Restaurants in San Francisco
Full List of San Francisco Bib Gourmand Restaurants Available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MichelinGuides
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19 — On Oct. 26, Michelin will formally introduce its complete selection for the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011, the company’s fifth Bay Area edition. To whet the appetite of Bay Area residents, Michelin has announced its list of 74 “Bib Gourmand” restaurants in its 2011 guide. Also known as the “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value,” Bib Gourmand restaurants offer 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, Bib Gourmand restaurants are identified in the guide by a red symbol depicting the head of Bibendum, the Michelin Man.
This year, 29 new restaurants have earned the Bib Gourmand designation. San Francisco boasts 74 Bib Gourmand restaurants in total. The full list of San Francisco Bib Gourmands appears below. The volume of Bib Gourmand restaurants in San Francisco makes the city a global leader in culinary value. No city of comparable size offers as many Bib Gourmands.
The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011 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. At the end of their investigative process, they gather to debate the region’s restaurants in full, determining which restaurants should be retained in the selection, and which merit one, two or three stars. The inspectors also give a special nod to restaurants that deliver exceptional value. Those restaurants are designated as Bib Gourmands. These restaurants often reflect neighborhood favorites and overlooked gems, and are of particular interest to the full-time residents of a given city.
A full list of Bib Gourmand restaurants can be found here: www.facebook.com/MichelinGuides.
Ever more deets, after the jump