Michelin Stars Shine on Chicago for 2012 Courtright's, Moto Join Star List

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelin today unveiled its second edition MICHELIN Guide Chicago, showcasing the finest restaurants and hotels in the city. The MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2012 offers a selection of 432 restaurants – 21 earning stars – and represents 45 types of cuisine. The guide goes on sale Wednesday, Nov. 16 for $18.99 in area bookstores and online outlets.

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On Nov. 9, Michelin announced the list of 56 Bib Gourmand restaurants in the Chicago selection. Bib Gourmands are restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (excluding tax and gratuity). Fifty-six Chicago restaurants earned the Bib Gourmand designation. Bib Gourmand restaurants are identified in the guide by a red symbol depicting the head of Bibendum, the Michelin Man. The full list of stars and Bib Gourmands follows.

In this edition, Alinea maintained its three star rating, a global recognition of exceptional dining; only 101 restaurants worldwide currently hold three Michelin stars. Two restaurants earned two stars: Charlie Trotter's and Ria. Eighteen restaurants earned a single star. The full list of star recipients follows.

The star ratings are as follows:

  • One star indicates "a very good restaurant in its category," a place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.
  • Two stars denote "excellent cooking, worth a detour," skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality.
  • Three stars reward "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey." One always eats extremely well here, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.

Starred restaurants and Bib Gourmands are only two of the multiple categories within the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2012. Others include the popular "Under $25" category, restaurants that serve brunch and those that stay open for late dining. In addition, restaurants with notable wine, sake and cocktail lists feature symbols for easy reference.

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Thanks to the rigorous MICHELIN Guide selection process that is applied independently and consistently worldwide, the MICHELIN Guide has become an international benchmark in gourmet dining. Twenty-seven MICHELIN Guides cover 23 countries and three continents, and feature more than 45,000 addresses. The selection is made by anonymous, professional inspectors who are Michelin employees. Inspectors pay all their bills in full. To find out more about the MICHELIN Guide inspectors and the history of the MICHELIN Guide, visit www.michelinguide.com.

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See following for 2012 MICHELIN Guide listing of starred establishments and Bib Gourmand restaurants.

Chicago MICHELIN guide 2012
Starred establishments

Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey

AREA

DISTRICT

ESTABLISHMENT

CHEF

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

Alinea

Grant Achatz



Excellent cuisine, worth a detour

AREA

DISTRICT

ESTABLISHMENT

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

Charlie Trotter's

Chicago

Gold Coast

Ria



A very good restaurant in its category

AREA

DISTRICT

ESTABLISHMENT

Chicago

West Loop

Blackbird

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

Boka

Chicago

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

Bonsoiree

South, Southwest & Western Suburbs


Courtright's

Chicago

Loop

Everest

Chicago

River North

graham elliot

Chicago

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

Longman & Eagle

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

L2O

Chicago

West Loop

Moto

Chicago

River North

NAHA

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Schwa

Chicago

Gold Coast

Seasons

Chicago

West Loop

Sepia

Chicago

Gold Coast

Spiaggia

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Takashi

Chicago

River North

Topolobampo

Chicago

Streeterville

Tru

South, Southwest & Western Suburbs


Vie



Chicago MICHELIN guide 2012

Bib Gourmands =


Area

District

Establishment

Chicago

Lakeview & Wrigleyville

Ann Sather

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Arami

Chicago

West Loop

Avec

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Belly Shack

Chicago

Gold Coast

Bistronomic

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Bristol (The)

Chicago

Lakeview & Wrigleyville

Browntrout

Chicago

Andersonville, EdgeWater & Uptown

Ceres' Table

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Cumin

Chicago

West Loop

De Cero

Chicago

Gold Coast

deca

Chicago

Pilsen, Little Italy & University Village

DeCOLORES

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Fogon

Chicago

River North

Frontera Grill

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

Gemini Bistro

Chicago

River North

Gilt Bar

Chicago

West Loop

Girl & The Goat

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Green Zebra

Chicago

River North

GT Fish & Oyster

South, Southwest & Western Suburbs


Han 202

Chicago

Andersonville, EdgeWater & Uptown

Hopleaf

Chicago

West Loop

Jaipur

Chicago

Andersonville, EdgeWater & Uptown

Jin Thai

North & Northwestern Suburbs


Kabul House

Chicago

Lakeview & Wrigleyville

La Creperie

South, Southwest & Western Suburbs


La Petite Folie

Chicago

Chinatown & South Loop

Lao Sze Chuan

Chicago

Andersonville, EdgeWater & Uptown

Los Nopales

Chicago

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

Lula Cafe

Chicago

Andersonville, EdgeWater & Uptown

M. Henry

Chicago

West Loop

Maude's Liquor Bar

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Mexique

Chicago

Lakeview & Wrigleyville

Mixteco Grill

Chicago

Pilsen, Little Italy & University Village

Mundial Cocina Mestiza

South, Southwest & Western Suburbs


Nana

Chicago

Pilsen, Little Italy & University Village

Nightwood

Chicago

Andersonville, EdgeWater & Uptown

Opart Thai House

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Owen & Engine

Chicago

West Loop

Paramount Room

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

Perennial Virant

Chicago

West Loop

Publican (The)

Chicago

Streeterville

Purple Pig (The)

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

Raj Darbar

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

Riccardo Trattoria

South, Southwest & Western Suburbs


Sen

North & Northwestern Suburbs


Smak-Tak

Chicago

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

Smoque BBQ

North & Northwestern Suburbs


Sol de Mexico

Chicago

Andersonville, EdgeWater & Uptown

Spacca Napoli

North & Northwestern Suburbs


Taste of Peru

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

Thai Village

Chicago

Lincoln Park & Old Town

Twin Anchors

Chicago

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

Urban Belly

Chicago

Bucktown & Wicker Park

West Town Tavern

South, Southwest & Western Suburbs


Xni-Pec de Yucatan

North & Northwestern Suburbs


Yolo




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