Michelin today named 56 restaurants in Chicago that serve good meals for $40 or less, excluding tip and tax, including 17 new holders of the Bib Gourmand award.
The additions are Arami, Avec, Bistronomic, Fogon, Gemini Bistro, GT Fish & Oyster, Jin Thai, Kabul House, Lao Sze Chuan, Maude’s Liquor Bar, Mundial Cocina Mestiza, Owen & Engine, Perennial Virant, Sen, Sol de Mexico, Xni-Pec de Yucatan and Yolo.
“The inspectors in Chicago found an excellent and diverse selection of restaurants meeting the criteria for the Bib Gourmand across the city and in a few of the closer suburbs,” Michelin said today in an e-mailed release.
Clermont Ferrand, France-based Michelin & Cie. the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, will name the winners of stars in the “Michelin Guide Chicago 2012” on Nov. 15, with copies going on sale the following day priced $18.99.
Frances’ Deli lost its Bib Gourmand, while five holders of the award closed: Kith & Kin, Mado, Otom, Perennial and Veersaway. The restaurants recognized this year are:
Ann Sather Arami Avec Belly Shack Bistronomic Bristol (The) Browntrout Ceres’ Table Cumin De Cero deca DeCOLORES Fogon Frontera Grill Gemini Bistro Gilt Bar Girl & The Goat Green Zebra GT Fish & Oyster Han 202 Hopleaf Jaipur Jin Thai Kabul House La Creperie La Petite Folie Lao Sze Chuan Los Nopales Lula Cafe M. Henry Maude’s Liquor Bar Mexique Mixteco Grill Mundial Cocina Mestiza Nana Nightwood Opart Thai House Owen & Engine Paramount Room Perennial Virant Publican (The) Purple Pig (The) Raj Darbar Riccardo Trattoria Sen Smak-Tak Smoque BBQ Sol de Mexico Spacca Napoli Taste of Peru Thai Village Twin Anchors Urban Belly West Town Tavern Xni-Pec de Yucatan Yolo
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)