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Posted on September 19, 2019

CHICAGO’S 2020 MICHELIN GUIDE FEATURES 54 BIB GOURMANDS ACROSS 25 CUISINE TYPES

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Michelin inspectors unveil the 10th edition of affordable favorites in Chicago

 

CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2019Michelin today released its 2020 list of restaurants in Chicago that earned the Bib Gourmand distinction in its 10th and newest edition of the MICHELIN Guide Chicago. Michelin recognized 54 Bib Gourmand restaurants, featuring 14 new additions.

Introduced in 1997, Bib Gourmand restaurants are awarded by Michelin inspectors to establishments that serve good quality food at a good value, making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Bib Gourmand selections are often personal favorites of Michelin’s anonymous inspectors when dining on their own time.

 

More than 25 cuisine types will appear in the 2020 MICHELIN Guide Chicago. Notable cuisines amongst this year’s Bib Gourmands include Peruvian (Cabra), Barbecue (Flat & Point), Pizza (Nella Pizza e Pasta) and American Southern (Virtue).

 

Michelin inspectors have been meticulously dining their way through Chicago since 2009 and, while the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs.

 

The announcement of Chicago’s Bib Gourmand restaurants comes one week before the announcement of the 2020 selection, including Michelin-starred restaurants. The 2020 Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago will be released on Thursday, Sept. 26. The Guide will go on sale Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at major book sellers for a suggested retail price of $18.99 (ISBN 9782067238916).

 

Here's the list of new Bib Gourmands, as well as a short description of each restaurant:

Avlí Taverna
In Lincoln Park, the Greek cuisine at Avlí Taverna is bold and spirited thanks to chef and owner Louie Alexakis. 

Birrieria Zaragoza
With a hyper-focused menu of roasted goat, specifically “birria tatemada,” a regional variation of the braised stew originally from Jalisco, Mexico, Birrieria Zaragoza is owned by Juan Zaragoza and takes meticulous care in the preparation of the slow-roasted dish, paired with homemade tortillas.

Cabra

Chef Stephanie Izard creates magic at Cabra, her latest stunning restaurant located on the rooftop of the Hoxton Hotel in the West Loop, where the food leans Peruvian enriched by chef Izard’s delicious liberties.

Cira
Cira
, also located in the buzzing Hoxton Hotel, is led by the talented chef Chris Pandel. The kitchen spins bright, fresh ingredients into delicious dishes with Mediterranean flavors and delightful surprises.

County Barbecue
After more than two years of construction following a devastating fire, County Barbecue has returned with its savory smoked meats and boldly flavored sides.

etta
Chef Danny Grant, who also oversees the blockbuster Maple & Ash, steers the kitchen at etta, bringing his distinctive flair and flavors to this live-fire hot spot.

Flat & Point
A fantastic addition to the Chicago dining scene, this restaurant’s level of finesse and meticulous local sourcing by chef Brian Bruns makes it a true stand-out, particularly in the field of barbecue.

Funkenhausen
A modern beer hall with vintage touches, Funkenhausen offers a creative American menu that blends both German and Southern specialties. Chef Mark Steuer offers an original experience featuring items like garlic pretzel knots with mustard accompanied by pimento cheese.

Ghin Khao
This low-key setting in Pilsen serves northern Thai cuisine that is fresh and vibrant.

Ina Mae Tavern
This handsome New Orleans-style tavern in Wicker Park is named after chef Brian Jupiter’s great-grandmother and treats diners to classics like po’ boys, gumbo and buttermilk fried chicken.

Kie-Gol-Lanee
This quiet Oaxacan restaurant in Uptown delivers standout regional specialties like wide, crackly tlayudas and soulful, complex moles.

La Josie
Chef and owner Jose Luis Barajas is particularly skillful at preparing delightful tacos, served in a bright, comfortable space.

Nella Pizza e Pasta
The name of this delicious Hyde Park pizza restaurant belongs to chef and owner Nella Grassano, a classically trained pizzaiola. The menu is promising and the wood-burning oven central to its enticing fare.

Virtue
An ode to American Southern Cuisine, Virtue features an elegant space with open kitchen where Erick Williams leads his team to prepare updated Southern classics like chicken gizzards over dirty rice with creamy, lip-smacking chicken gravy.

ESTABLISHMENT

AREA

NEW

Arami

Bucktown & Wicker Park

 

Avec

West Loop

 

Avlí Taverna

Lincoln Park & Old Town

NEW

Birrieria Zaragoza

Pilsen & University Village

NEW

Cabra

West Loop

NEW

Ceres' Table

Lakeview & Wrigleyville

 

Chilam Balam

Lakeview & Wrigleyville

 

Cira

West Loop

NEW

County Barbecue

Pilsen & University Village

NEW

Daguan Noodle

Chinatown & South

 

Daisies

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

DeCOLORES

Pilsen, University Village & Bridgeport

 

Dos Urban Cantina

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Duck Inn (The)

Pilsen, University Village & Bridgeport

 

etta

Bucktown & Wicker Park

NEW

Fat Rice

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Flat & Point

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

NEW

Frontera Grill

River North

 

Funkenhausen

Bucktown & Wicker Park

NEW

Ghin Khao

Pilsen & University Village

NEW

Giant

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Gilt Bar

River North

 

Girl & The Goat

West Loop

 

GT Fish & Oyster

River North

 

HaiSous

Pilsen, University Village & Bridgeport

 

Herb

Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown

 

Ina Mae Tavern

Bucktown & Wicker Park

NEW

Jam

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Kai Zan

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Kie-Gol-Lanee

Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown

NEW

La Josie

West Loop

NEW

Lonesome Rose

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Longman & Eagle

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Lula Café

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Mango Pickle

Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown

 

Marisol

Gold Coast

 

mfk.

Lincoln Park & Old Town

 

Mi Tocaya

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Mott St.

Bucktown & Wicker Park

 

Nella Pizza e Pasta

Chinatown & South

NEW

Pacific Standard Time

River North

 

Passerotto

Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown

 

Pizzeria Bebu

Gold Coast

 

Pleasant House Pub

Pilsen, University Village & Bridgeport

 

Proxi

West Loop

 

Purple Pig (The)

Loop & Streeterville

 

San Soo Gab San

Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown

 

Smoque BBQ

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Sol de Mexico

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

Table, Donkey and Stick

Humboldt Park & Logan Square

 

True Food Kitchen

River North

 

TWO

Bucktown & Wicker Park

 

Untitled Supper Club

River North

 

Virtue

Chinatown & South

NEW

 

 

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.

 

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