Though chefs pretend not to care, the arrival of Michelin’s little red book each year is a Big Deal. It’s closely guarded critics rank Bay Area restaurants each year, doling out stars to the cream of the crop. And though there’s always plenty of Monday-morning quarterbacking among fooderati, a Michelin nod can mean serious cred for a kitchen. Losing a star can empty a restaurant faster than a mouse turd in the vichyssoise, and chefs have even been known to take it a little too seriously.
While toques sweat it out for the official announcements (scheduled for Oct. 26, 2010), the guide has pre-released it’s Bib Gourmand winners — tasty hidden gems where the price is right. (Officially, “the restaurant is an inspector’s favorite for good value. For $40 or less, you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert (not including tax and gratuity)”.)
Winners were feted by Michelin staff tagging their sidewalks with a happy Michelin man (in chalk) — see photos.
Congrats to the following Sonoma and Napa winners:
- Bistro 29 (NEW), Santa Rosa
- Cucina Paradiso, Petaluma
- K&L Bistro, Sebastopol
- Monti’s Rotisserie, Santa Rosa
- Risibisi, Petaluma
- Santi, Santa Rosa
- girl and the fig
- Willi’s Wine Bar
- Bistro Jeanty
- C Casa
- Cook St. Helena
Gone from last year’s Bib Gourmand lineup: Angele, Cena Luna (closed), Mirepoix (which has significantly changed their menu to reflect a more upscale experience since the opening of Bistro M), and Zazu.
4 thoughts on “Michelin 2011: Bay Area Bib Gourmand’s Released”
Pretty sure Mirepoix only lost their Bib because they gained a star (http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/paololucchesi/2010/10/26/michelin-guide-bay-area-2011-meadowood-elevated-to-three-stars-chez-panisse-loses-its-star/)
LOve K&L and Willi’s.
Congratulations to all, will try the others soon hopefully.
Went to Santi once about two months after their move, didn’t care for it but that’s just me 🙂 I do love their sausages!
try it again…restaurants are living breathing animals…this one is stretching, testings its wings and bringing the heat,…I heard they’re serving wood-fired pizzas at lunch now – probably with sausage