Michelin today releases its pick of the San Francisco area’s best-value restaurants, naming 77 where you may eat well for $40 or less, plus tax and tip.
Nineteen more venues gain the Bib Gourmand award in the 2012 edition of the guide, Michelin said today in an e-mailed release. The volume covers a geographic area stretching from Los Gatos in the south to Geyserville in the north. Winners of Michelin stars will be announced on Oct. 25.
The new selection today includes Cotogna, an Italian establishment on Jackson Square; Fringale, a French bistro that is celebrating its 20th anniversary; and Zero Zero, a pizza restaurant on Folsom Street.
Michelin & Cie. is the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, after Bridgestone Corp. The French company produced its first guide in 1900, distributed free of charge (until 1920) and intended for chauffeurs. It contained practical information, including street maps and tips on using and repairing tires.
“Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012” will go on sale on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at $18.99.
Michelin’s Picks (new entries with *): 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 *
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)