Michelin names 2012 Chicago Bib Gourmands

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Michelin's now-annual You're Not Getting A Star Awards—i.e., the Bib Gourmands—were doled out this morning. In usual fashion, the dubious distinction was granted seemingly at random; the 56 restaurants selected include probably the most loved restaurant in Chicago (Avec) as well as one restaurant that seems to sink lower and lower to the bottom of barrel on each visit (Ann Sather).


Per Michelin, the determining factor for qualifying for a Bib is that two courses and a glass of wine or dessert can be had for $40 or less, a bizarre rubric that seems to flout the fact that the check average at many of its selections (e.g., Girl & the Goat, GT Fish) is probably much closer to $50 or $60. Also apparently, Bib Gourmands are awarded for life (?) because with very few exceptions, this list is identical to last year's. The only still-open restaurant that appears to have had its Bib taken away is Frances' Deli; closed restaurants Bistro 110, Mado, Otom and Veerasway were removed from the list. 


We'd say congrats to the new additions—Arami, Bistronomic, Fogon, Gemini Bistro, GT Fish & Oyster, Jin Thai, Kabul House, Lao Sze Chuan, Maude's Liquor Bar, Mundial, Owen & Engine, Perennial Virant, Sen (this place?), Sol de Mexico, Xni-Pec and Yolo (this place?)—but since all these people probably realize Longman & Eagle is about to have its star renewed (the actual guide drops on the 16th), should we actually be extending our sympathies? Full list after the jump:



2012 Chicago Bib Gourmands


Ann Sather


Arami


Avec


Belly Shack


Bistronomic


The Bristol


Browntrout


Ceres' Table


Cumin


De Cero


Deca


DeColores


Fogon


Frontera Grill


Gemini Bistro


Gilt Bar


Girl & the Goat


Green Zebra


GT Fish & Oyster


Han 202


Hopleaf


Jaipur


Jin Thai


Kabul House


La Creperie


La Petit Folie


Lao Sze Chuan


Los Nopales


Lula Café


M. Henry


Maude's Liquor Bar


Mexique


Mixteco Grill


Mundial Cocina Mestiza


Nana


Nightwood


Opart Thai House


Owen & Engine


Paramount Room


Perennial Virant


The Publican


The Purple Pig


Raj Darbar


Riccardo Trattoria


Sen


Smak-Tak


Smoque BBQ


Sol de Mexixo


Spacca Napoli


Taste of Peru


Thai Village


Twin Anchors


Urban Belly


West Town Tavern


Xni-Pec


Yolo



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