By Tom Marker

This is my kind of eating. We will soon be getting more details on the Michelin Star rated restaurants in Chicago, but recently the Bib Gourmand awards were announced. According to the press release from Michelin these restaurants are both considered a good value (two course and a glass of wine for under $40) and are the sort of places the Michelin critics themselves would choose to eat. I don’t dress up very easily, I don’t like tiny little bits of a lot of different foods, and I don’t like to spend a lot of money unless on a very special occasion, so these are my kind of places. You might be like me and have enjoyed a meal at a few of these spots but are excited to know of so many more that you have not yet been to. I’ve had excellent burritos at De Colores and some of the best BBQ at Smoque, but if I had a larger budget and wanted an even larger belly, I’d get to “work” and try to check off as many of the joints on this list as I could, beginning with Antique Taco, Belly Shack, Publican and Twin Anchors (Why have I never been here?). What are your favorites?

On a side note, I wish this list included more specific info on where the suburban spots are located.

From last week’s press release:

Area District Restaurant
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Ada St.
Chicago Lakeview & Wrigleyville Ann Sather
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Antique Taco
Chicago West Loop Au Cheval
Chicago West Loop Avec
Chicago Lincoln Park & Old Town Balena
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Belly Shack
Chicago Gold Coast Bistronomic
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Bristol (The)
Chicago Lakeview & Wrigleyville Browntrout
Chicago Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown Ceres’ Table
Chicago Lakeview & Wrigleyville Chilam Balam
Chicago Chinatown & South Loop City Tavern
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Cumin
Chicago West Loop De Cero
Chicago Gold Coast deca
Chicago Pilsen, Little ItaIy & University Village DeCOLORES
Chicago River North Frontera Grill
Chicago Lincoln Park & Old Town Gemini Bistro
Chicago River North Gilt Bar
Chicago West Loop Girl & The Goat
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Green Zebra
Chicago River North GT Fish & Oyster
South, Southwest & Western Suburbs Han 202
Chicago West Loop Jaipur
Chicago Humboldt Park & Logan Square Jam
Chicago Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown Jin Thai
North & Northwestern Suburbs Kabul House
South, Southwest & Western Suburbs Kai Zan
South, Southwest & Western Suburbs La Petite Folie
Chicago Chinatown & South Loop Lao Hunan
Chicago Chinatown & South Loop Lao Sze Chuan
Chicago Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown Los Nopales
Chicago Loop Maison
South, Southwest & Western Suburbs Marion Street Cheese Market
Chicago West Loop Maude’s Liquor Bar
Chicago Lakeview & Wrigleyville Mixteco Grill
South, Southwest & Western Suburbs Nana
Chicago Pilsen, Little ItaIy & University Village Nightwood
Chicago Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown Opart Thai House
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Owen & Engine
Chicago West Loop Paramount Room
Chicago West Loop Publican (The)
Chicago Gold Coast Pump Room
Chicago Streeterville Purple Pig (The)
South, Southwest & Western Suburbs Q BBQ
Chicago Lincoln Park & Old Town Raj Darbar
Chicago Lincoln Park & Old Town Riccardo Trattoria
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Savoy (The)
South, Southwest & Western Suburbs Sen
Chicago River North Slurping Turtle
North & Northwestern Suburbs Smak-Tak
Chicago Humboldt Park & Logan Square Smoque BBQ
North & Northwestern Suburbs Sol de Mexico
Chicago Andersonville, Edgewater & Uptown Spacca Napoli
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park Storefront Company (The)
Chicago Lincoln Park & Old Town Twin Anchors
Chicago River North Untitled
Chicago Humboldt Park & Logan Square Urban Belly
Chicago Pilsen, Little ItaIy & University Village Urban Union
Chicago Bucktown & Wicker Park West Town Tavern
Chicago Lakeview & Wrigleyville Wood
South, Southwest & Western Suburbs Xni-Pec de Yucatan
North & Northwestern Suburbs Yolo

SOURCE Michelin


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