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Michelin Guide releases 2012 Bay Area Bib Gourmand picks

10/18/2011
by Paolo Lucchesi

Osteria Coppa dining room at night

This year’s Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants — “where you may eat well for $40 or less” — has been released. The Michelin people originally said the release was due tomorrow, but Bloomberg has published the list of 77 restaurants today, so here you go.

The starred restaurants will be announced next week, October 25.

New to the list this year are Artisan Bistro, Bar Bambino, Bar Tartine, Boon Eat + Drink, Contigo, Cotogna, Fish Story, Fringale, Hot Box Grill, Ippuku, Kappou Gomi, LaSalette, Le Garage, Namu, Osteria Coppa, Plum, Sazon, Scopa and Zero Zero.

So who’s not on the list?

Restaurants that were not on this year’s that were on last year’s list: Bistro 29, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Cafe Des Amis, Cafe Gibraltar, Camino, Coa, Henry’s Hunan, Hong Kong Flower Lounge, La Costanera, Market, Nopa, Sakae, Santi, Sauce, Sons & Daughters, Tavern at Lark Creek, and Vanessa’s Bistro.

Some new openings that have been widely celebrated that are noticeably absent include Bar Agricole and Mission Chinese.

So either those left off the list raised prices too much, dropped in quality — or the best case scenario: they might be getting stars next week. Place those bets.

The full list, according to Bloomberg’s Richard Vines:


Michelin’s Picks (new entries with *):

A 16
Artisan Bistro *
Bar Bambino *
Bar Tartine *
BarBersQ
Bay Wolf
Bellanico
Betelnut
Bistro 29
Bistro Aix
Bistro Jeanty
Boon Eat + Drink *
Bottega
Burma Superstar
C Casa
Chapeau!
Chevalier
Chu
Colibri
Contigo *
Cook St. Helena
Corso
Cotogna *
Crouching Tiger
Cucina Paradiso
Delarosa
Delfina
Domo
Dosa
eVe
Fish Story *
FIVE
flour + water
Fringale *
Gather
Hachi Ju Hachi
Hibiscus
Hot Box Grill *
Incanto
Insalata’s
Ippuku *
K & L Bistro
Kabab & Curry’s
Kappou Gomi *
Kitchen (The)
Kokkari Estiatorio
LaSalette *
Laurus
Le Charm
Le Garage *
Mamacita
Marinitas
Monti’s Rotisserie
Namu *
Oenotri
Osteria Coppa *
Perbacco
Pican
Plum *
Risibisi
Rivoli
Sazon *
Scopa *
Slanted Door (The)
Slow Club
Sociale
SPQR
Starbelly
Sumika
Sushi Ran
Thai House
the girl & the fig
Troya
Willi’s Wine Bar
Wood Tavern
Yank Sing
Zero Zero *