Now that’s a city skyline.
You’re probably familiar with Michelin for their tires and for their restaurant guide (an obvious extension of their business model). The guide awards the prestigious Michelin star(s) to restaurants they deem as “very good”, “excellent”, or “exceptional” (a big frigging deal in the restaurant world). Well, according to Wiki, “since 1955, the guide has also highlighted restaurants offering “good food at moderate prices”, a feature now called “Bib Gourmand”. They must offer menu items priced below a maximum determined by local economic standards.” In Chicago, this means restaurants serving two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.
(FYI, Bib (Bibendum) is the company’s nickname for the Michelin Man, its corporate logo)
The complete list of 56 Chicago Bib Gourmand winners are below. I’ve linked the ones I’ve gone to and can vouch for, but there are certainly many others I’ve heard great things about and have been wanting to check out.
I die for this bone marrow at Gilt Bar.
Avec – Been a long while, so I don’t remember it well, but I enjoyed it.
Gilt Bar – Food and cocktails are delicious. Plus, the sommelier is super cute. ;)
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra – Delicious vegetarian food. Yes, R, there is such a thing.
GT Fish & Oyster
La Petite Folie
Lao Sze Chuan – My favorite Chinatown spot for spicy szechuan cuisine. Awesome hot pot.
Lula Café – Excellent brunch.
Maude’s Liquor Bar – Same folks as Gilt Bar. Had some great food and wine there.
Mundial Cocina Mestiza
Opart Thai House
Owen & Engine
The Purple Pig – The girls took me there for my bday dinner one year. Love their pork belly.
Smoque BBQ – Casual BBQ spot and super delicious. Been a while, but I think I got the brisket.
Sol de Mexico
Taste of Peru
Twin Anchors – Had a bday dinner here as well. Awesome ribs.
West Town Tavern
Xni-Pec de Yucatan
Looks like I’ll be going down this list during my visits back home.
Until then, I just found a list of 99 essential L.A. restaurants created by Jonathan Gold of the LA Weekly. That should keep me busy for a while. Off Gold’s list, I’ve been to Bottega Louie (yum), Din Tai Fung (ages ago, but yum), and Father’s Office (good, but not amazing, burger). Here’s my short list of places I’d like to check out next: Animal, Cut, Good Girl Dinette, Lazy Ox Canteen, Mo-Chica, and Park’s BBQ.
What LA restaurants do you think are must-trys? Which Chicago Bib Gourmands do I absolutely have to go to on my next visit?
(I do miss Chicago, but R just reminded me that the high is 32 over there today while over here it’s 75. Maybe I’m not in that much of a rush to get back.)