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58 Chicago restaurants earn Michelin Bib Gourmands for 2021

Eat your way through the latest crop of Michelin-approved restaurants.

By
Zach Long
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Just like the restaurants that its recognizes, the Michelin Guide and its annual awarding of stars and Bib Gourmands was derailed by the pandemic as kitchens closed to the public and shifted to offering takeout. But the dining guide compiled by the French tire company and its team of inspectors is issuing updated Chicago ratings for the first time since September 2019, beginning with a the latest crop of Bib Gourmands.

This year, 58 Chicago restaurants have earned a Bib, which is awarded 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." Simply put, these spots offer some delicious food at a price that won't break the bank.

Chicago's latest Bib Gourmands, in alphabetical order, are Chef's Special Cocktail Bar, Ciccio Mio, Joe's Imports, Kasama, Mama Deli, Munno Pizzeria & Bistro, Perilla, Soulé, Tzuco and Vajra. They join dozens of other Chicago restaurants that have held the honor, including Giant, Virtue and HaiSous.

It's worth noting that the list of Michelin Bib Gourmands in Chicago has expanded since 2019, up from 54 restaurants that year. Since the last set of Bibs were announced, former recipients like TWO, Fat Rice, Passerotto and Pacific Standard Time have closed. 2019 Bib recipients True Food Kitchen and Arami have either lost their Bib or have graduated to stars.

On Thursday, April 29, we'll find out which local spots have been deemed Michelin-starred restaurants when Michelin announces its latest selection of one-, two- and three-starred restaurants in Chicago.

Until then, take a look at the full list of Chicago's Bib Gourmands for 2021 below:

Avec

Avlí Taverna

Birrieria Zaragoza

Cabra

Ceres' Table

Chef's Special Cocktail Bar

Chilam Balam

Cicco Mio

Cira

County Barbecue

Daguan Noodle

Daisies

DeCOLORES

Dos Urban Cantina

The Duck Inn

etta

Flat & Point

Frontera Grill

Funkenhausen

Ghin Khao

Giant

Gilt Bar

Girl & The Goat

GT Fish & Oyster

HaiSous

Herb

Ina Mae Tavern

Jam

Joe's Imports

Kai Zan

Kasama

Kie-Gol-Lanee

La Josie

Lonesome Rose

Longman & Eagle

Lula Café

Mama Deli

Mango Pickle

Marisol

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Mi Tocaya

Mott St.

Munno Pizzeria & Bistro

Nella Pizza e Pasta

Perilla

Pizzeria Bebu

Pleasant House Pub

Proxi

The Purple Pig

San Soo Gab San

Smoque BBQ

Sol de Mexico

Soulé

Table, Donkey and Stick

Tzuco

Untitled Supper Club

Varja

Virtue

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