2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants

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The Brussels sprouts from Arami are just one of the reasons it was named a 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant.

In anticipation of this year’s Michelin Guide Chicago stars, the 2014 Chicago Bib Gourmand honorees have been named. Michelin’s Bib Gourmands honor restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most important, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves. While the famous Michelin stars, which will be announced next week, remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs and one that is recognized by the many people who covet quality food at a reasonable price.

In the 2014 edition, 69 Chicago area restaurants, 21 of which are new to the list this year, have been designated as Bib Gourmands, including:

Arami
Autre Monde
Balena
BellyQ
Browntrout
Ceres’ Table
deca Restaurant + Bar
Gemini Bistro
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra
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2014 SF Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants

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Rich Table, a Bib Gourmand honoree, is pleasing Bay Area foodies with dishes such as this tagliatelle with beef, black shallots + kale.

In anticipation of this year’s Michelin Guide San Francisco stars, the 2014 San Francisco Bib Gourmand honorees have been named. Michelin’s Bib Gourmands honor restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most important, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves. While the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs and one that is recognized by the many people who covet quality food at a reasonable price.

In the 2014 edition, 83 Bay Area restaurants, which include a diverse range of 22 cuisine types across the region, including San Francisco, East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula, have been designated as Bib Gourmands, including:

A16
Artisan Bistro
Bar Tartine
Bellanico
Bistro 29
Bistro Aix
Bistro Jeanty
Brick & Bottle
Chalkboard
Chapeau
Chevalier
Contigo
Cotogna
Crouching Tiger
Donato Enoteca
DOSA
Evvia
FIVE
flour + water
Fringale
Gajalee Indian
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2014 NYC Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants

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Family Recipe, a 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, serves dishes, such as fried rice, that wowed Michelin inspectors.

Ahead of the release of this year’s Michelin Guide New York stars, the 2014 New York City Bib Gourmand honorees have been named. Michelin’s Bib Gourmands honor restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most important, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves. While the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs and one that is recognized by the many people who covet quality food at a reasonable price.

In the 2014 edition, 138 New York City restaurants, which include a diverse range of 31 cuisine types across the five boroughs, have been designated as Bib Gourmands, including:

ABC Cocina
Al Bustan
Alobar
Apizz
Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar
Bread & Tulips
Char No. 4
Ciccio
Crispo
DBGB Kitchen & Bar
Dirt Candy
El Parador
El Paso Taqueria
Family Recipe
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It’s Not Too Late to Have a Happy Valentine’s Day With OpenTable

Last-Minute Valentine's Day DiningValentine’s Day is tomorrow. That’s right, procrastinators — it’s just a day away! There’s no need to panic, though. OpenTable can help you be a hero and save the day, even at the very last minute. To wit, there is availability on OpenTable.com for two people at 7PM on Valentine’s Day at more than 50% of restaurants in most major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Tables, however, are getting snapped up at a rate of two reservations per second, so book soon!

When booking last minute or day of for Valentine’s Day, use these tips to find a table that’s right for you.

* Be adventurous. Try a new restaurant or a new cuisine. Dine out in a different neighborhood. This is a great time to stretch your culinary wings and bond with your date over daring dishes.

* Use OpenTable’s rating and reviews to help you feel a bit more brave. You may not be familiar with every restaurant that has availability, so utilize OpenTable’s restaurant ratings and reviews to make an informed decision. Unlike other review sites, OpenTable only allows diners to review a restaurant after we’ve confirmed that they’ve actually dined there.

* Dine out at a different time. Snag a 5:30PM reservation and then go see a romantic movie. Or, meet friends first for drinks and have a late supper at a hot spot.

* Book a Valentine’s Day brunch. So many restaurants are offering amazing brunch menus at very affordable prices. Also, brunch is a fantastic excuse to start the day with a Champagne toast.

* Mingle over mixology. If you’re feeling anti-Valentine’s Day, look for a restaurant that is serving their regular menu. Odds are that you won’t be confronted with pink hearts and red roses. Better yet, hit up a restaurant that has a vibrant bar scene. You could end up meeting a Valentine. If drinks turn into dinner, whip out your smartphone and use one of our mobile apps to find a table on the fly.