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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ready, set, roll your eyes: It's Michelin Guide time

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I planned to spend the morning writing about apples and roadkill, but the Michelin Guide dropped its Chicago Bib Gourmand awards, and like every other food writer in town it behooves me to drop what I'm doing and complain about them. (The Bibs aren't the stars but the "restaurants serving two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less" that inspectors deemed worthy of recommending.)

If I'm honest with myself that's what really irritates about the tire company's simultaneously presumptuous, obvious, arbitrary, clueless, and frequently bizarre assessment of Chicago's restaurant scene. As I pointed out last year, the guide is not for Chicagoans but for tourists who will pay for the book. By crying about how dumb it is, we in the media are part of its marketing scheme—no publicity is bad publicity right? So instead of praising the worthy selections and kvetching about the inexcusable inclusion of places like Ann Sather, the denial of Avec's rightful star, and the inspectors' possibly willful ignorance of our great Thai, Indo-Pak, and Mexican restaurants, I'm just gonna do my duty, slap the list in after the jump and get back to more interesting work until the stars are announced next week. Oh, wait . . .

Ann Sather
Belly Shack
The Bristol
Ceres’ Table
De Cero
Frontera Grill
Gemini Bistro
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra
GT Fish & Oyster
Han 202
Jin Thai
Kabul House
La Creperie
La Petite Folie
Lao Sze Chuan
Los Nopales
Lula Cafe
M. Henry
Maude’s Liquor Bar
Mixteco Grill
Mundial Cocina Mestiza
Opart Thai House
Owen & Engine
Paramount Room
Perennial Virant
The Publican
The Purple Pig
Raj Darbar
Riccardo Trattoria
Smoque BBQ
Sol de Mexico
Spacca Napoli
Taste of Peru
Thai Village
Twin Anchors
Urban Belly
West Town Tavern

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