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Chicago's Michelin Madness Begins with Bib Gourmand Winners

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[Courtesy of Michelin Travel]

Are you all ready for another round of Michelin madness? It will be next week before the coveted stars are officially released, but until then you can make due with the list of Bib Gourmand winners. This list highlights restaurants that are considered a "good value," which roughly translates to "two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less."

The biggest news this year is that 21 restaurants made the list for the first time. A good deal of these are new openings, like Fat Rice, Juno, and Mott St—all great picks, in my opinion. But a fair number of these "newcomers" have actually been open for awhile, including Lula Cafe, Arami, and Hopleaf. Interestingly, all three were included two years ago, didn't make the cut last year, and are now back.

16 restaurants also got the boot, including The Bristol, which seems a bit odd to me. Perhaps its making the leap to star status? Of course, my two guesses last year for imminent star status (Lula Cafe and Perennial Virant) didn't pan out, so perhaps I'm not the right person to talk about this.

Regardless, check out the full list below:

Ada St.
Antique Taco
Arami
ATK
Au Cheval
Autre Monde
Avec
Balena
Belly Shack
BellyQ
Browntrout
Ceres' Table
Chilam Balam
County
Cumin
Deca
DeCOLORES
Fat Rice
Found
Frontera Grill
Gather
Gemini Bistro
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra
GT Fish & Oyster
Han 202
Homestyle Taste
Hopleaf
Jaipur
Jam
Jin Thai
Juno
Kabul House
Kai Zan
Kama Indian Bistro
Kurah
Lao Hunan
Lao Sze Chuan
Libertad
Lula Café
Mana Food Bar
Marion Street Cheese Market
Maude's Liquor Bar
Mercat a la Planxa
Mixteco
Mott St.
Nabuki
Nana
Nightwood
Opart Thai House
Owen & Engine
Paramount Room
The Publican
Pump Room
The Purple Pig
Q BBQ
Riccardo Trattoria
Sen
Slurping Turtle
Smak-Tak
Smoque BBQ
Sol de Mexico
Spacca Napoli
Sushi Dokku
TAC Quick
Urban Belly
Wood
Yolo

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