[Courtesy of Michelin]

Well, that's what the cartoon would like you to believe. (Moving on.) Ever since the Michelin first started publishing a little red book about the best Chicago restaurants back in 2010, each new release has also included a Bib Gourmand list. Instead of the usual star ratings Michelin is known for, this list is meant to celebrate restaurants that are considered a "good value." In technical terms, that means a person can enjoy "two courses and a glass of wine or dessert" for $40 or less. Considering those are the kinds of restaurants we tend to write about here on Serious Eats Chicago, we like to pay attention to what happens with this one, even if the picks seem slightly random.

A number of new places made the cut, including favorites of ours like Antique Taco, Au Cheval, Balena, Lao Hunan, and Slurping Turtle. It's hard to argue with those picks, even if we agree with Grub Street Chicago that Publican Quality Meats and Pleasant House should been shoo-ins.

But the list also shed a few places, and some of the decisions initially seem very puzzling. In particular, Lula Cafe and Perennial Virant, two places that we think have actually improved since last year, were taken off. There could be a very practical reason for this. Instead of a demotion, this could actually signal that both will get star ratings this year.

We'll have to wait until November 14th, when Michelin releases the full guide, to know for sure. In the meantime, check out all the 2013 Bib Gourmand winners below.

2013 Bib Gourmands List
Ada Street
Ann Sather
Antique Taco
Au Cheval
Belly Shack
The Bristol
Ceres' Table
Chilam Balam
City Tavern
De Cero
De Colores
Frontera Grill
Gemini Bistro
Gilt Bar
Girl & the Goat
Green Zebra
GT Fish & Oyster
Han 202
Jin Thai
Kabul House
Kai Zan
Lao Hunan
Lao Sze Chuan
La Petite Folie
Los Nopales
Marion Street Cheese Market
Maude's Liquor Bar
Mixteco Grill
Opart Thai
Owen & Engine
Paramount Room
The Publican
The Pump Room
Purple Pig
Raj Darbar
Riccardo Trattoria
The Savoy
Slurping Turtle
Smoque BBQ
Sol de Mexico
Spacca Napoli
The Storefront Company
Twin Anchors
Urban Belly
Urban Union
West Town Tavern
Xni-Pec de Yucatan


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