Michelin today cited 64 Chicago restaurants in its Bib Gourmand roster, which means they serve good meals for $40 or less, excluding tip and tax.
There were 19 new entrants, including Antique Taco, a Wicker Park restaurant that sells habanero popcorn, duck enchiladas and horchata milkshakes.
Among the other newcomers were Ada St., Au Cheval, Balena, Chilam Balam, City Tavern, Jam, Kai Zan, Lao Hunan, Maison, Marion Street Chinese Market, Q BBQ, the Savoy, the Storefront Company, Untitled, Urban Union and Wood.
“The Bib Gourmands are selected by Michelin’s famously anonymous inspectors, who dine across Chicago regularly,” Michelin said in a release.
Clermont Ferrand, France-based Michelin & Cie., the world’s second-biggest tire maker, will name the winners of stars in the “Michelin Guide Chicago 2013” on Nov. 13, with copies going on sale the following day for $18.99.
The critically acclaimed Publican and Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat retained their Bib awards, typically an indication that the venues won’t receive a star in next week’s announcement.
The restaurants recognized this year are:
Ada St. Ann Sather Antique Taco Au Cheval Avec Balena Belly Shack Bistronomic The Bristol Browntrout Ceres’ Table Chilam Balam City Tavern Cumin deca De Cero DeCOLORES Frontera Grill Gemini Bistro Gilt Bar Girl & The Goat Green Zebra GT Fish & Oyster Han 202 Jaipur Jam Jin Thai Kabul House Kai Zan Lao Hunan Lao Sze Chuan La Petite Folie Los Nopales Maison Marion Street Cheese Market Maude’s Liquor Bar Mixteco Grill Nana Nightwood Opart Thai House Owen & Engine Paramount Room The Publican Pump Room The Purple Pig Q BBQ Raj Darbar Riccardo Trattoria The Savoy Sen Slurping Turtle Smak-Tak Smoque BBQ Sol de Mexico Spacca Napoli The Storefront Company Twin Anchors Untitled Urban Belly Urban Union West Town Tavern Wood Xni-Pec de Yucatan Yolo
Muse highlights include Jeremy Gerard on theater and Greg Evans on television.