Michelin announced Thursday that 58 restaurants in Chicago earned its respected Bib Gourmand distinction for 2016.
The Chicago selection features 48 repeat winners and 10 newly named restuarants, which offer a wide array of cuisines and are located in more than 20 neighborhoods around the city.
The Bib Gourmand categorization indicates restaurants with good value and good food (two courses and a glass of wine for $40 or less, tax and tip not included). Restaurants receiving this distinction from Michelin aren’t eligible for the Michelin star designations that will be announced for Chicago on Oct. 27.
This year's list is smaller than previous years, dropping from 59 last year and 69 the year before. In September, Michelin announced the 133 New York City restaurants and on Oct. 20 it released the 74 restaurants in the greater San Francisco area that earned its Bib Gourmand honor.
In what appears to be an omission of note, no restaurants from Chicago's suburbs made the list. This trend may not be new, since suburban restaurants seem to have been snubbed by Michelin starting last year, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
However, Michelin addresses the idea that the suburbs are being excluded in a statement on its website.
"Michelin’s anonymous inspectors regularly dine across the city of Chicago, as well as in the surrounding suburbs to make their choices for the Bib Gourmands and the other restaurant selections in the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2016," the statement reads.
The Bib Gourmand selection announcement for Chicago comes five days in advance of Michelin’s most highly acclaimed and prestigious Michelin star designations for the city. For restaurants in both the city and the suburbs that didn’t make the 2016 Bib Gourmand list, it remains to be seen if any of them can still walk away with a Michelin star (or two, or three).
Chicago’s 2016 Bib Gourmand list includes 10 newcomer restaurants:
The Duck Inn
Luella’s Southern Kitchen
The 2016 Bib Gourmand Chicago restaurant list also includes 48 repeat winners:
Girl & the Goat
GT Fish & Oyster
Lao Sze Chuan
Mana Food Bar
Maude's Liquor Bar
The Purple Pig
Sol de Mexico
Table, Donkey and Stick
Untitled Supper Club