Michelin Reveals Chicago's 'Bib Gourmand' Restaurants for 2012

56 Chicago-Area Restaurants Listed as 'Inspectors' Favorites for Good Value'

Nov 09, 2011, 10:12 ET from Michelin

CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Michelin is offering a sneak peek at what's in store from MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2012 the Bib Gourmand selections, which are restaurants serving two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Michelin will announce all selections for its second edition MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2012 on Nov. 15, with copies going on sale Wednesday, Nov. 16, at $18.99.  

Fifty-six Chicago-area restaurants have earned Bib Gourmand status in the latest edition of the MICHELIN Guide. 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.

The Bib Gourmand selection represents 21 types of cuisine, including Afghan, barbecue, Mexican and vegetarian. Introduced in the 1997 editions of the MICHELIN Guides in Europe, Bib Gourmand restaurants are identified in the guide by a red symbol depicting the head of Bibendum, the Michelin Man.

Michelin's anonymous, professional inspectors are unidentified U.S. Michelin employees who eat lunch and dinner in restaurants daily. Michelin inspectors apply the same working methods in all countries, which ensures a uniform, international standard. Inspectors pay all their bills in full, which guarantees an objective experience and report.

The following 56 restaurants are the 2012 Bib Gourmand selections for Chicago:

Ann Sather

Girl & The Goat

Mixteco Grill


Green Zebra

Mundial Cocina Mestiza


GT Fish & Oyster


Belly Shack

Han 202




Opart Thai House

Bristol (The)


Owen & Engine


Jin Thai

Paramount Room

Ceres' Table

Kabul House

Perennial Virant


La Creperie

Publican (The)

De Cero

La Petite Folie

Purple Pig (The)


Lao Sze Chuan

Raj Darbar


Los Nopales

Riccardo Trattoria


Lula Cafe


Frontera Grill

M. Henry


Gemini Bistro

Maude's Liquor Bar

Smoque BBQ

Gilt Bar


Sol de Mexico

Spacca Napoli

Twin Anchors

Xni-Pec de Yucatan

Taste of Peru

Urban Belly


Thai Village

West Town Tavern

Readers can start enjoying the MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmands in advance of the Nov. 16 on-sale date. The Chicago Bib Gourmand selections can be found online at www.michelinguide. Michelin inspectors also share insider secrets via Twitter at @MichelinGuideCH.

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