The Michelin Guide released its Bib Gourmand selections for the tire company’s 2019 guide that will come out on Sept. 17. These “high value” restaurants, selected by anonymous inspectors, are moderately priced ($40 or less for two courses and a glass of wine or dessert before tax and tip). According to Michelin, they’re the type of restaurants Michelin inspectors frequent when they’re “dining off the clock.”
Thirty-nine D.C. restaurants made the cut this year, including 19 new additions. One notable surprise is Rose Previte’s mega-hit Maydan. With the live-fire restaurant’s near constant stream of national accolades, one could have predicted they’d be on the short list for a star instead of a Bib Gourmand nod. Bad Saint continues to be in the same situation.
Another possible eyebrow-raiser? The omission of CHIKO, the Chinese and Korean “fine-casual” restaurant from Danny Lee, Scott Drewno, and Drew Kim.
Boqueria and 2 Amy’s were on the list last year but not this year. The latter restaurant was likely excluded because it has been closed after suffering water damage, making it difficult for inspectors to dine there.
The new additions represent diverse cuisines from vegan fine dining and Caribbean barbecue to Georgian food and a neighborhood pasta joint. See the complete list below.
Joselito Casa de Comidas
Napoli Pasta Bar
Spark at Engine 12
Timber Pizza Co.
Ivy City Smokehouse
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
The Red hen
Is it really possible to dine at some of these restaurants for $40 or less? City Paper put the category to the test last year.