Wine Country got three new nods as Michelin’s 2019 SF Bay Area Bib Gourmand winners were announced today, signaling the start of the awards season for restaurants.
Local newcomers this year are El Molino Central in Sonoma, along with Gran Electrica in Napa, and Ciccio in Yountville. In all, 68 restaurants were tapped by Michelin inspectors as high-quality food with good value. According to their rubric, the menu must allow for two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. Excuse us while we snicker, because that’s a tall order pretty much anywhere the Bay Area, and I’d say a few spots on the list were a stretch.
The list encompasses the North, South and East Bay as well as the Peninsula with 68 total restaurants announced as SF Bay Area Bib Gourmands this year (up from 67).
Other Sonoma County restaurants on the list which all received Bib Gourmands last year are: Forestville’s Backyard Restaurant; Bravas Bar de Tapas, SHED Cafe and Chalkboard bistro in Healdsburg, Diavola in Geyserville, Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen, Ramen Gaijin in Sebastopol, and Risibisi in Petaluma. In Napa, Cook St. Helena, Grace’s Table, Farmstead, Oenotri, Redd Wood and Two Birds/One Stone once again noted.
All but two of the Wine Country restaurants had previously been awarded Bib Gourmand nods in 2018.
A longtime Bib Gourmand, Monti’s in Santa Rosa fell off this year’s list along with Aina, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Kappou Gomi, Michel Bistro, Sir & Star and Tacos Sinaloa.
Here is the full list of Bib Gourmand 2019 Bay Area winners:
Anchor Oyster Bar
Cook St. Helena
El Molino Central
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai
Glen Ellen Star
Hong Kong Lounge II
Lai Hong Lounge
Luna Mexican Kitchen
Orchard City Kitchen
1601 Bar & Kitchen
Teni East Kitchen
Two Birds/One Stone
Z & Y