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2011 Chicago Bib Gourmand Selection

A certain famous, white, fluffy, Michelin Man, often associated with tires, was lingering in the streets of Chicago, spray painting his likeness on sidewalks outside of 46 lucky restaurants. You’ll find the list below, but here’s a little history that might explain why the tire guy you see on TV just so happens to be a food connoisseur.

The Michelin brothers originally gained fame and recognition for their tire company incorporated in 1888.  In the 1900’s, around the time of the Paris World’s Fair, they founded The Michelin Guide as a resource to the best restaurants and accommodations available along the travel route of motorists in Europe.  Through the course of time, the Michelin guide has become regarded as one of the preeminent food guides in the world.  The Bib Gourmand selections are the preview to the release of  next week’s highly anticipated first ever Michelin Guide Chicago.  The restaurants chosen for a Bib Gourmand award are the inspector’s favorites that are considered high quality establishments that offer a good value: a two course meal and a glass of wine or dessert for less than $40. While the selections are considered by many restaurants to be a tremendous honor, it does mean that famous restaurants like Frontera Grill, Publican, and the Girl and the Goat are now out of the running to receive even one Michelin star. Interesting…

Full list of 2011 Chicago Bib Gourmand selections(and where we’ve eaten thus far):

Ann Sather
Belly Shack
Bistro 110
Bristol (The)
Browntrout
Ceres’ Table
Cumin
deca
De Cero
DeCOLORES
Frances’ Deli
Frontera Grill
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra
Han 202
Hopleaf
Jaipur

Kith & Kin
La Creperie
La Petite Folie
Los Nopales
Lula Cafe
mado
Mexique
M. Henry
Mixteco Grill
Nana
Nightwood
Opart Thai House

Otom Paramount Room
Perennial
Publican
Purple Pig

Raj Darbar
Riccardo Trattoria
Smak-Tak
Smoque BBQ
Spacca Napoli
Taste of Peru
Thai Village
Twin Anchors
Urban Belly
Veerasway

West Town Tav

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