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Michelin’s Chicago Return Features 10 New Bib Gourmands

International cuisine was the theme for the latest iteration of Michelin’s value-driven list

A round platter of Filipino foods.
Kasama is among 10 new additions to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

After halting ratings during a pandemic-riddled year, Michelin has released its latest Chicago Bib Gourmands, revealing a list of 58 restaurants, including 10 new ones. The criteria for the list is value driven — inspectors say customers could spend around $40 for two courses, plus a glass of wine or dessert. The tire company will release the more fine-dining focused Michelin star list on Thursday for Chicago.

The new Bib Gourmand class features a heaping helping of international cuisine: Carlos Gaytán’s Mexican masterpiece Tzuco in River North; Ukrainian Village Filipino-American bistro and French bakery Kasama; Perilla’s Korean-American fare in River West; West Town’s South Asian powerhouse Vajra; and Mama Delia, the Spanish makeover of Black Bull in Wicker Park. The team behind Logan Square’s Giant also earned recognition for their take on Chinese-American fare with Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar in Bucktown.

Also of note is the addition is the list’s only restaurant owned by a Black woman: Bridgette Flagg’s Soulé has made a name for itself since 2017 with modern soul food in West Town. Meanwhile, the owners of Au Cheval made the list after reinventing their floundering River North sushi spot with Italian-American restaurant Ciccio Mio. In Fulton Market, Joe’s Imports showed wine bars don’t have to be in be generic in Fulton Market. And finally, for Chicagoans who who want a break from tavern-style and deep-dish pizza, Michelin named Uptown’s Munno Pizzeria Bistro to the list. Of Munno, inspectors wrote: “The Neapolitan-inspired pizza may not be made in the traditional wood-burning oven, but those electric deck ovens still manage to turn out deliciously puffy and lightly charred crusts.”

Michelin’s last announced Chicago Bib Gourmands in September 2019 when its list included 54 restaurants. It was considered a shake up with 14 additions and 18 removals. Four restaurants from that list have closed (Fat Rice, Pacific Standard Time, Passerotto. Two). The owners from Pizzeria Bebu in Lincoln Park hasn’t made an announcement about its future, though the restaurant has remained closed since spring 2020. Michelin kept the pizzeria on the list, consistent with its pandemic-shaped philosophy where inspectors retain any restaurants closed temporarily that appeared on the 2020 list.

The only restaurant to fall off that wasn’t due to closure? That’s True Food Kitchen, the Chicago location of the national chain — which is popular with Oprah Winfrey and those with dietary restrictions. The River North outpost, which has continued operations during the pandemic, was a mysterious addition for the last three iterations of the Bib Gourmand list. While the disappearance of a restaurant on the Bib Gourmand rankings can sometimes foreshadow that inspectors have elevated the restaurant to a Michelin star, the chances of that happening in this case would be surprising.

The pandemic presented challenges for Michelin inspectors as COVID-19 restrictions forced closures and made it riskier to dine indoors. Some restaurants have also switched hands, which could cause some to question consistency. For example, County Barbecue in Little Italy was sold by DMK Restaurants to Chicago industry veteran Bonni Cameron. Even with new ownership, County remains.

The definition of value remains subjective when it comes to value: Boka Restaurant Group’s upscale GT Fish & Oyster, located in River North, shares the list with Birrieria Zaragoza, the comfy and family-owned Mexican restaurant near Midway International Airport. Both restaurants remain fixtures on the Bib Gourmand list even though the price points for both restaurants radically differ. The star list, which focuses more on fine dining, will be released on Thursday.

Check out the full Bib Gourmand listing below.

* denotes a new restaurant:

  1. Avec
  2. Avlí Taverna
  3. Birrieria Zaragoza
  4. Cabra
  5. Ceres Table
  6. * Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar
  7. Chilam Balam
  8. * Ciccio Mio
  9. Cira
  10. County Barbecue
  11. Daguan Noodle
  12. Daisies
  13. DeColores
  14. Dos Urban Cantina
  15. etta
  16. Flat & Point
  17. Frontera Grill
  18. Funkenhausen
  19. Ghin Khao
  20. Giant
  21. Gilt Bar
  22. Girl & The Goat
  23. GT Fish & Oyster
  24. HaiSous
  25. Herb
  26. Ina Mae
  27. Jam
  28. Joe’s Imports
  29. Kai Zan
  30. * Kasama
  31. Kie-Gol-Lanee
  32. La Josie
  33. Lonesome Rose
  34. Longman & Eagle
  35. Lula Cafe
  36. * Mama Delia
  37. Mango Pickle
  38. Marisol
  39. mfk.
  40. Mi Tocaya
  41. Mott St.
  42. * Munno Pizzeria & Bistro
  43. Nella Pizza e Pasta
  44. * Perilla
  45. Pizzeria Bebu
  46. Pleasant House Pub
  47. Proxi
  48. San Soo Gab San
  49. Smoque BBQ
  50. Sol de Mexico
  51. * Soulé
  52. Table, Donkey and Stick
  53. The Duck Inn
  54. The Purple Pig
  55. * Tzuco
  56. Untitled Supper Club
  57. * Vajra
  58. Virtue

Sol De Mexico

3018 N Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 773 282 4119 Visit Website

Passerotto

5420 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Virtue

1462 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL

KAI ZAN

2557 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 278-5776 Visit Website

Smoque BBQ

3800 North Pulaski Road, , IL 60641 (773) 545-7427 Visit Website

Herb

5424 North Broadway, , IL 60640 (773) 944-9050 Visit Website

GT Fish & Oyster

531 North Wells Street, , IL 60654 (312) 929-3501 Visit Website

Munno Pizzeria Bistro

4656 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 Visit Website

Ciccio Mio

226 West Kinzie Street, , IL 60654 (312) 796-3316 Visit Website

Soulé

1931 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 526-3825 Visit Website

Lonesome Rose

2101 North California Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 770-3414 Visit Website

Mama Delia

, , IL 60622 (312) 487-1236 Visit Website

Jam

2853 North Kedzie Avenue, , IL 60618 (773) 292-6011 Visit Website

Au Cheval

800 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 929-4580 Visit Website

Boka Restaurant Group

820 West Lake Street, , IL 60607 (312) 238-9896 Visit Website

Pleasant House Pub

2119 South Halsted Street, , IL 60608 (773) 523-7437 Visit Website

Nella Pizza e Pasta

1125 East 55th Street, , IL 60615 (773) 643-0603 Visit Website

Tzuco

720 North State Street, , IL 60654 (312) 374-8995 Visit Website

Dos Urban Cantina

2829 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-6452 Visit Website

True Food Kitchen

1 West Erie Street, , IL 60654 (312) 204-6981 Visit Website

Two

1132 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 624-8363 Visit Website

The Purple Pig

444 Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 464-1744 Visit Website

San Soo Gab San

5247 North Western Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 334-1589 Visit Website

Cira

200 North Green Street, , IL 60607 (312) 761-1777 Visit Website

Marisol

205 East Pearson Street, , IL 60611 (312) 799-3599 Visit Website

Fat Rice

2957 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-9170 Visit Website

Pacific Standard Time

141 West Erie Street, , IL 60654 (312) 736-1778 Visit Website

Daisies

2523 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-1671 Visit Website

Proxi

565 West Randolph Street, , IL 60661 (312) 466-1950 Visit Website

Vajra

1329 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 929-4990 Visit Website

Untitled Supper Club

111 West Kinzie Street, , IL 60654 (312) 880-1511 Visit Website

Girl & The Goat

809 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 492-6262 Visit Website

Funkenhausen

1709 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 929-4727 Visit Website

Longman & Eagle

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 773 276 7110 Visit Website

HaiSous

1800 S. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL Visit Website

Table, Donkey and Stick

2728 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 486-8525 Visit Website

Mott St

1401 North Ashland Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 687-9977 Visit Website

Lula Cafe

2537 North Kedzie Boulevard, , IL 60647 (773) 489-9554 Visit Website

Gilt Bar

230 West Kinzie Street, , IL 60654 (312) 464-9544 Visit Website

Kasama

1001 North Winchester Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 697-3790 Visit Website

Frontera Grill

445 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 661-1434 Visit Website

Mango Pickle

5842 North Broadway, , IL 60660 (773) 944-5555 Visit Website

Kie-Gol-Lanee

5004 North Sheridan Road, , IL 60640 (872) 241-9088 Visit Website

DeColores

1626 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 226-9886 Visit Website

Avec

615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 (312) 377-2002 Visit Website

Pizzeria Bebu

1521 N Fremont St, Chicago, IL 60642

Black Bull

1721 West Division Street, , IL 60622 (773) 227-8600 Visit Website

Chilam Balam

3023 North Broadway, , IL 60657 (773) 296-6901 Visit Website

Giant

3209 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 252-0997 Visit Website

WOOD

3335 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657 (323) 667-9940 Visit Website

etta

1840 West North Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 757-4444 Visit Website

Daguan Noodle

2230 South Wentworth Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 929-2758 Visit Website

Flat & Point

3524 West Fullerton Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 904-7152 Visit Website

Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar

2165 North Western Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 666-5143 Visit Website

La Josie

740 West Randolph Street, , IL 60661 (312) 929-2900 Visit Website

Cabra

200 North Green Street, , IL 60607 (312) 761-1717 Visit Website

Birrieria Zaragoza

4852 South Pulaski Road, , IL 60632 (773) 523-3700 Visit Website

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