Michelin Names 69 Value-for-Money Restaurants in Chicago

Michelin today names 69 Chicago area restaurants offering value for money, including a suburban establishment that hires and trains people coming out of homelessness.

Found Kitchen and Social House serves rustic American dishes such as braised pork with spaghetti squash and mustard greens. It’s one of 21 new winners of a Bib Gourmand this year.

Others include Arami, ATK, Autre Monde, BellyQ, County, Fat Rice, Gather, Homestyle Taste, Hopleaf, Juno, Kama Indian Bistro, Kurah, Libertad, Lula Cafe, Mana Food Bar, Mercat a la Planxa, Mott St., Nabuki, Sushi Dokku and TAC Quick.

The Bib Gourmand winners “are located throughout Chicago’s downtown neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs and represent a diverse range of 22 different cuisines,” Michelin said in an e-mailed release. The award goes to venues serving two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, plus tax and tip.

Today’s selection comes before next week’s release of the Michelin Guide to Chicago, the French company said.

“Found’s social mission, to hire and train people coming out of homelessness as a stepping stone to living more independent lives, is fundamental to our philosophy,” according to that restaurant’s website.

Michelin & Cie, Europe’s largest tiremaker, produced its first guide in 1900. It was free of charge until 1920 and intended for chauffeurs. The volume contained practical information, including street maps and tips on repairing tires. The company is based in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Michelin named the following Bib Gourmand winners:

Ada St.: Bucktown & Wicker Park
Antique Taco: Bucktown & Wicker Park
Arami: Bucktown & Wicker Park
ATK: Lakeview & Wrigleyville
Au Cheval: West Loop
Autre Monde: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Avec: West Loop
Balena: Lincoln Park & Old Town
Belly Shack: Bucktown & Wicker Park
BellyQ: West Loop
Browntrout: Lakeview & Wrigleyville
Ceres’ Table: Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown
Chilam Balam: Lakeview & Wrigleyville
County: Pilsen, Little ItaIy & University Village
Cumin: Bucktown & Wicker Park
Deca: Gold Coast
DeCOLORES: Pilsen, Little ItaIy & University Village
Fat Rice: Humboldt Park & Logan Square
Found: North & Northwestern Suburbs
Frontera Grill: River North
Gather: Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown
Gemini Bistro: Lincoln Park & Old Town
Gilt Bar: River North
Girl & The Goat: West Loop
Green Zebra: Bucktown & Wicker Park
GT Fish & Oyster: River North
Han 202: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Homestyle Taste: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Hopleaf: Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown
Jaipur: West Loop
Jam: Humboldt Park & Logan Square
Jin Thai: Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown
Juno: Lincoln Park & Old Town
Kabul House: North & Northwestern Suburbs
Kai Zan: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Kama Indian Bistro: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Kurah: Chinatown & South Loop
Lao Hunan: Chinatown & South Loop
Lao Sze Chuan: Chinatown & South Loop
Libertad: North & Northwestern Suburbs
Lula Cafe: Humboldt Park & Logan Square
Mana Food Bar: Bucktown & Wicker Park
Marion Street Cheese Market: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Maude’s Liquor Bar: West Loop
Mercat a la Planxa: Chinatown & South Loop
Mixteco Grill: Lakeview & Wrigleyville
Mott St.: Bucktown & Wicker Park
Nabuki: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Nana: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Nightwood: Pilsen, Little ItaIy & University Village
Opart Thai House: Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown
Owen & Engine: Bucktown & Wicker Park
Paramount Room: West Loop
The Publican: West Loop
Pump Room: Gold Coast
The Purple Pig: Streeterville
Q BBQ: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Riccardo Trattoria: Lincoln Park & Old Town
Sen: South, Southwest & Western Suburbs
Slurping Turtle: River North
Smak-Tak: North & Northwestern Suburbs
Smoque BBQ: Humboldt Park & Logan Square
Sol de Mexico: North & Northwestern Suburbs
Spacca Napoli: Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown
Sushi Dokku: West Loop
TAC Quick: Lakeview & Wrigleyville
Urban Belly: Humboldt Park & Logan Square
Wood: Lakeview & Wrigleyville
Yolo: North & Northwestern Suburbs

(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.)

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