Parsing the Chicago Michelin Bib Gourmands

Is there a better indicator of how out of touch Michelin is than the fact that the company released its Bib Gourmand announcement hours after the election?...
Michelin Bib Gourmand
By Julia Kramer |
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Is there a better indicator of how out of touch Michelin is than the fact that the company released its Bib Gourmand announcement hours after the election? In any case, let me pretend I care long enough to give my two cents on Michelin's picks.

The Do Michelin Inspetors Not Have Taste Buds? Category
Ann Sather

The Sorry, You're Not Getting A Star Category
Avec (seriously, Michelin? This is just becoming a joke.)
The Bristol
Frontera Grill
Girl & the Goat
Maude's Liquor Bar

The Michelin Equivalent of an LTHForum Great Neighborhood Restaurant Award Category
Antique Taco
Belly Shack
Browntrout
Ceres' Table
Chilam Balam
Cumin
Decolores
Gemini Bistro
Green Zebra
Han 202
Jin Thai
Kabul House
Lao Hunan
Lao Sze Chuan
La Petite Folie
Los Nopales
Marion Street Cheese Market
Mixteco Grill
Opart Thai House
Riccardo Trattoria
Smak-Tak
Smoque BBQ
Sol de Mexico
Spacca Napoli
Urban Belly
West Town Tavern
Wood
Xni-Pec

The We Acknowledge These Restaurants Are Hip But They Do Not Fit Our Rigid Rubric by Which We Define Greatness Category
Ada Street
Balena
Gilt Bar
GT Fish & Oyster
Jam
Kai Zan
Owen & Engine
Publican
Purple Pig
The Savoy
The Slurping Turtle

The Don't Blame Us, We're Just Trying To Fill Out This List Category
Bistronomic
City Tavern
Deca
Jaipur
Maison
Paramount Room
Pump Room
Q BBQ
Raj Darbar (seriously, Michelin picks the most random Indian restaurants)
Sen (never even heard of this place)
Storefront Company
Twin Anchors
Untitled
Yolo (there is a restaurant named Yolo?!?)

Conveniently left off the Bib Gourmand list were Arami and Lula Cafe—two restaurants that seriously deserve a star. As we said on last week's cover of TOC, here's hoping!

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