First Wine Country Michelin Awards for 2017 Announced

Bib Gourmands mark the start of Michelin season, announced a week before the big stars. See who's on the list.

The white knuckling has begun for Bay Area restaurants as the venerable Michelin Guide taps the region’s best restaurants over the next week.

On Tuesday, the annual restaurant rating organization announced their “Bib Gourmand” winners, categorized as restaurants “serving high-quality food on their menus and make it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less”. Though that price point can be challenging around these parts, 75 restaurants made the cut, with four newcomers in the North Bay.

Bravas, SHED, Two Birds/One Stone and Village Sake were welcomed to the list this year, bringing the North Bay’s Bib Gourmand haul to 24, nearly a third of the total list.

michelin_smIn Wine Country, Bravas is the second “Bib Gourmand” restaurant on the list for the Stark Reality Group headed by Mark and Terri Stark (Monti’s is the other). Two Birds/One Stone, opened this summer by former Cyrus chef Douglas Keane and LA’s Sang Yoon was quick to make the list. After taking over the kitchens of SHED just about a year ago, Chef Perry Hoffman was a natural for the list.

Off the list this year: La Perla (closed) and Sazon (both Peruvian spots), Farmer and The Fox (closed). Bib Gourmands are not eligible for stars. Stay tuned next week for the star winners. Here is the full list of winners.

Congrats to these Marin and Wine Country Michelin Bib Gourmand Award winners for 2017

Backyard, Forestville
Bistro 29, Santa Rosa
Bravas, Healdsburg
Chalkboard, Healdsburg
Diavola, Geyserville
Glen Ellen Star, Glen Ellen
Monti’s Rotisserie, Santa Rosa
Ramen Gaijin, Sebastopol
Risibisi, Petaluma
Scopa, Healdsburg
SHED Cafe, Healdsburg
Bistro Jeanty, Yountville
Cook, St. Helena
Farmstead, St. Helena
Grace’s Table, Napa
Oenotri, Napa
Redd Wood, Yountville
Two Birds/One Stone, St. Helena

Insalata’s, San Anselmo
Le Garage, Sausalito
Poggio, Sausalito
Sir and Star, Marin
Sushi Ran, Marin
Village Sake, Fairfax