The Michelin Guide has officially arrived in D.C. and the first big reveal is its 2016 list of "Bib Gourmands." These restaurants tend to lean more affordable than those which receive Michelin stars (most likely fine-dining destinations). Those names will be revealed next week; Bib Gourmand restaurants are not eligible for stars.
A total of 19 restaurants received the Bib Gourmand designation (or as Michelin puts it, restaurants "that offer excellent food at a reasonable price"). Michelin defines the category as places which offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less; the restaurants are chosen by the company’s anonymous inspectors.
The list for D.C. this year spans a variety of cuisines, from Lao to Mediterranean to Ethiopian. Many names are among D.C.’s most highly-regarded and buzziest restaurants, including multiple award-winner this year Bad Saint, Erik Bruner-Yang’s ambitious Maketto, and a whopping four restaurants from chef José Andrés (China Chilcano, Zaytinya, Jaleo, and Oyamel). But there were a few more under-the-radar surprises, from Union Market’s Bidwell to New York Spanish import Boqueria. Here’s the full list below: