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Michelin awarded 19 D.C. restaurants with a Bib Gourmand as a part of the city’s first-ever Michelin guide that published this week. Bib Gourmands go to restaurants deemed to be both excellent and affordable by anonymous Michelin inspectors. By definition, a diner should be able to pay $40 or less for two courses and a glass of wine or dessert before tax and tip. For most, a visit to any of the following restaurants is a nice night out, not a cheap eats session, so we checked the inspectors’ math. They’re right—it’s possible, so long as you’re not a two cocktail kind of gal.