Monday, November 15, 2010

Chicago's Bib Gourmand Awards

This is how Bill Kim weighed in on his chances with the Michelin:
“It would certainly be an honor to have Urbanbelly or Belly Shack included. But, if the recent release of the latest Michelin Guide in NYC is any indication, there could be some surprises. For example, Brooklyn Fare Kitchen receiving two stars was impressive. That’s a unique experience where you have a chef cooking for a very limited amount of guests, it’s BYOB, and it’s just about the food.”

Congrats to Bill for receiving the Bib Gourmand for both restaurants. Others to receive the honor are Stephanie Izard’s Girl and The Goat, Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill, and Jason Hammel and Amalea Tshilds for Nightwood and Lula Café.

There are chefs who were less than thrilled with the honor and shall forever go nameless.

Michelin says that a “very good value” means an appetizer, entrée and a glass of wine will run you less than $40. In this economy, that is exactly the type of restaurant that most people are looking for. Any restaurant that can give you great food for a fair price has my repeat business.

I’ve had several invites to Gilt and have to get down there as they were a recipient as well.

Chicago actually had 46 restaurants receive the award. You can find a complete list of the Bib Gourmand winners at Guides.

Some of the best “fine dining for a fair price” are found right in your Chicago neighborhood.

Bon Appetit and Congrats To The Chefs!