Breaking News: Michelin Guide Releases it’s 46 Selections for Chicago Bib Gourmand Designation

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As anticipation builds for next week’s big unveiling of the first-ever Chicago Michelin Guide, the Michelin team offered the city a sneak peek last night with the Bib Gourmand selection. The Bib Gourmand designation denotes good cuisine at a reasonable price in a variety of comfort categories. Defined as “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), and are often of most value to a city’s residents, who regularly dine in neighborhood restaurants.

Forty-six of our favorite restaurants have earned Bib Gourmand status and represents 20 types of cuisine – from American to pizza, gastropub to Chinese. Last night, the Michelin street team traveled to each Bib Gourmand restaurant to stencil a symbol om the sidewalk in front of each lucky restaurant. Both a blessing and possibly a disappointment, the chosen recipients cannot be both Bib Gourmand status and receive Michelin stars so hopefuls are officially now out of the star race.

The Bib Gourmand selection is:

Ann Sather

Belly Shack

Bistro 110

Bristol (The)


Ceres’ Table



De Cero


Frances’ Deli

Frontera Grill

Gilt Bar

Girl & The Goat

Green Zebra

Han 202



Kith & Kin

La Creperie

La Petite Folie

Los Nopales

Lula Café



M. Henry

Mixteco Grill



Opart Thai House


Paramount Room


Publican (The)

Purple Pig (The)

Raj Darbar

Riccardo Trattoria


Smoque BBQ

Spacca Napoli

Taste of Peru

Thai Village

Twin Anchors

Urban Belly


West Town Tavern

Did your favorites make the list? Any surprises? I don’t know which is tighter right now- the race for Mayor or Chicago restaurant wars.

Learn more about the selections at Michelin inspectors also share insider secrets via Twitter at @MichelinGuideCH.

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