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The rollout of Michelin’s D.C. guide starts now, as the French tire company announced which local restaurants received a Bib Gourmand. 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.”
Restaurants that receive Bib Gourmands are not eligible for stars in the same year. But according to Michelin, they’re often floated to the top for consideration the following year.
This year’s selections demonstrate the breadth of D.C.’s ethnic dining scene, as they represent 15 different cuisines. The only head-scratcher is how inspectors managed to dine at a few of these restaurants for $40 or less, such as Kyirisan, China Chilcano, or The Red Hen. Challenge accepted Michelin, challenge accepted.
Bib Gourmand Recipients:
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
The Red Hen
In case you’re wondering why suburb greats were not included, the first edition of the Michelin guide is limited to D.C. proper. Stay tuned for full Michelin results when the guide drops Oct. 13.