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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.

Brace Yourselves for Another Dine About Town: $17.95 Lunches & $34.95 Dinners From January 15-31, 2011

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Dine About Town is coming back for 2011 in January.

Participating joints are listed after the jump.

Check it out:


Presented by the San Francisco
Convention & Visitors Bureau
San Francisco Dine About Town returns this January! Try a restaurant you may have missed last time or return to your old favorite.
What: $17.95 Lunches & $34.95 Dinners
Who: 100+ Restaurants
When: January 15 – 31

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Typical Happy Meal Banned in San Francisco – Eric Mar’s Legislation Passes With Veto-Proof Supermajority

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The typical Happy Meal (or Kids’ Meal or what have you) with an included toy has just been banned in the City and County of San Francisco. Check it:

“This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.  To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.”

Today’s vote at the Board of Supervisors was 8-3, which means that any veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom would get overridden with a quickness, one would presume. Robble robble, indeed.

Legislation author and District One Supervisor Eric Mar is aiming to “challenge the restaurant industry.” Well, mission accomplished.

Get all the deets from this uploaded doc: Healthymlsdig3

So, either McDonalds will alter its menu accordingly or you won’t be able to get the likes of these Barbie dolls, these “Youth-Focused Incentive Items” in the 415 come December 1, 2011:

The upshot is that McDonald’s es infeliz. Muy infeliz. See?

Just after the vote, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said, ‘We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for.’”

So there you go.

All the deets:

“Supervisor Eric Mar’s Healthy Meal Legislation passes with a supermajority

The Healthy Meal Legislation sets nutritional standards for restaurant food that is accompanied by toys or other youth focused incentive items. Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation is co-sponsored by Supervisors Campos, Chiu and Avalos and was supported by a broad coalition of grassroots community organizations, parents and health professionals.  Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Daly, Dufty, Mar, Maxwell, and Mirkarimi voted in support of the legislation.

This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.  To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.

“This is a tremendous victory for our children’s health. Our children are sick. Rates of obesity in San Francisco are disturbingly high, especially among children of color,” said Supervisor Eric Mar. “This is a challenge to the restaurant industry to think about children’s health first and join the wide range of local restaurants that have already made this commitment.”

The effective date of the legislation is December 1, 2011.

OK then.

What the suits had to say about this plus Your Amended Legislative Digest, after the jump.

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The New Michelin Guide is Here! The New Bay Area Michelin Guide is Here for 2011! (And Chez Panisse is Off The List :())

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Here they are, the best restaurants in the Bay Area for 2011, below.

Carolyn Alburger is all over this situation already at Eater SF as is Paolo Lucchesi at The Inside Scoop, as is Jay Barmann at GrubStreet SF.

2011 MICHELIN GUIDE SAN FRANCISCO STARRED RESTAURANTS (“N” DENOTES A NEW STARRED RESTAURANT)
Three Michelin stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey. One always eats here extremely well, sometimes superbly.  Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.
Two Michelin stars mean excellent cuisine, worth a detour. Skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality.
One Michelin star means a very good restaurant in its category. A place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
Ame
Applewood (Guerneville) (N)
Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford)
Aziza
Baumé (Palo Alto) (N)
Bouchon (Yountville)
Boulevard
Campton Place (N)
Chez TJ
Commis
The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
Dio Deka (Los Gatos) (N)
étoile (Yountville)
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant (Forestville)
Fleur de Lys
Frances (N)
Gary Danko
La Folie
La Toque (Napa)
Luce
Madera (Menlo Park) (N)
Madrona Manor (Healdsburg)
Masa’s
Mirepoix (Windsor) (N)
Murray Circle (Sausalito)
One Market
Plumed Horse (San Jose)
Quince
Redd (Yountville)
Saison (N)
Santé (Sonoma)
Solbar (Calistoga)
Spruce (N)
Terra (St. Helena)
Ubuntu (Napa)
The Village Pub (Woodside)
Wakuriya (San Mateo)
(N)
All the deets, after the jump
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OMG, It’s Judgment Day for Bay Area Restaurants! – Michelin Guide 2011 Debuting – Jean Luc Calling Area Chefs Right Now

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Well, it’s finally arrived, the biggest day in high-end bay area restaurants for the entire year of 2010. It’s Opening Day for the Famously Anonymous Michelin Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Restaurants 2011.

Keep up with the day’s events on the Twitter. Here’s the latest:

“Jean-Luc will be calling chefs soon…we can’t wait for the big day in San Francisco!

In other words, Jean-Luc Naret, bon vivant and Director of the Michelin Guides, is on the horn giving area chefs wake-up calls, just the way the Nobel Prize Committee does it.

And Paolo Lucchesi, the Bay Area’s Most Popular Blogger, has just handicapped the race. Check it:

Six plotlines to follow for the upcoming Bay Area Michelin Guide

This is serious bidness, people.

Now you’re prepared for when the announcements come.

Enjoy.

Half of Chinatown Restaurant Workers Make Less Than Minimum Wage per Chinese Progressive Association

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Do you like reading reports? Well, today’s your lucky day. You’ll get to read all about how restaurant workers get treated in San Francisco’s Chinatown after today’s lunchtime news conference.

This draft report from last year should whet your appetite. It’s big, baby:

Health and Safety in San Francisco’s Chinatown Restaurants (.pdf)

The final report is called Check, Please! Health and Working Conditions in San Francisco’s Chinatown Restaurants. You should be able to find it here starting later on today.

This is the kind of thing that investigators looked at:

All the deets:

Study Finds 1 out of 2 Workers Making Below Minimum Wage in San Francisco Chinatown Restaurants: Millions Lost to the Local Economy Every Year

Friday, September 17th, San Francisco, CA – Chinatown restaurant workers in conjunction with the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) and key research partners will release a study that exposes sweatshop conditions in restaurant workers in the popular tourist district Chinatown. This groundbreaking report examines health and working conditions in Chinatown restaurants, with over 400 workers interviewed by their peers, and lays out a vision for improving working conditions for a healthy Chinatown.

Speakers: (partial list)

Chinatown restaurant workers
Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH, world renowned expert on health and equity, UC Berkeley
Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Pam Tau Lee, Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley
SF Board of Supervisors: David Chiu, John Avalos, David Campos and Eric Mar (in attendance, not all will speak)

Key findings about the working conditions include:

1 out of 2 workers (50%) receive less than minimum wage;
1 out of 5 workers (20%) work more than 60 hours a week;
Nearly half (48%) of workers have experienced a burn injury;
Only 3% of workers have employer provided health care;
and
95% do not receive a living wage

Through this important study, Check, Please! Health and Working Conditions in San Francisco Chinatown Restaurants, Chinatown workers are exposing the sweatshop working conditions that they must endure. While thousands of locals and tourists who enjoy Chinatown each day, workers are struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families. Many workers and their families are forced to live in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) spaces in Chinatown that average about 80 square feet.

All the deets, after the jump

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The Bay Area’s Best Chinese Restaurants, Per the Top100 Awards for 2010

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Via Tim at 8Asians.com and, ultimately, Brittney Gilbert, who catalogs interesting bay area-related blog posts for CBS5, comes news of the 2010 Top100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA Awards straight out of Las Vegas, NV.

How did the bay area do? Well, You Make The Call. San Francisco’s Ana Mandara placed highest in our vicinity. (Isn’t this mostly a Vietnamese place? Yes. How does that square? I don’t know.)

No matter, the polarizing Panda Country Kitchen on Geary is also on the list – possibly worth checking out based upon the name alone.  

Pork belly, pork belly, pork belly from AM:

via evadedave

Your bay area winners:

Top 100 Overall Excellence Winners (USA)

Ana Mandara 891 Beach St. San Francisco CA

Chef Chu’s 喜福居 1067 N San Antonio Rd. Los Altos CA

Cheung Hing Chinese Restaurant 祥兴烧腊小馆 2339 Noriega St. San Francisco CA

Moonstar Restaurant月星宮 383 Gellert Blvd. Daly City CA

New China Delight 百家宴酒家 360 Castro St. Mountain View CA 

Panda Country Kitchen五粮液 4737 Geary Blvd. San Francisco CA

Vip Coffee & Cake Shop 嘉賓閣 671 Broadway San Francisco CA

Full list after the jump.

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Do the Moonies Really Control the Bay Area’s Supply of Sushi Fish?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

As always, You Make The Call. But the phrase “True World” is redolent of the “True Father” (Sun Myung Moon, the big guy himself), the “True Mother,” the “True Children” and on and on.

So check out these bits here and here about the Unification Church to give you something to think about the next time you see a True World Foods truck on the prowl making deliveries of delicious fish to your favorite sushi place.  

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As seen in San Francisco. Click to expand.

UNICEF’s Tap Project Draws Attention to World Water Week, March 22-29, 2009

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The people from UNICEF’s Tap Project were getting the word out yesterday at the hideous Vaillancourt Fountain (aka Québec libre!) yesterday in Justin Herman Plaza. (Tap water is just fine in San Francisco, you know – bottled water isn’t necessary or anything.)

Read all about it.

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Sadly, no quarters could be seen on this day:

Oops, time to go. She’ll be back soon though.

See a list of participating restaurants after the jump.

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