The 2016 Bib Gourmands are out, and some 74 Bay Area restaurants made the list, a smidge fewer than last year. The full Michelin Guide, with its one-, two-, and three-starred reviews, comes out next week. Most notable absences can be chalked up to the fact that inclusion on the Bib Gourmand list renders a restaurant ineligible for a Michelin star, but you’ll have to make your own best estimate, as Michelin keeps mum on the reasoning behind its decision.
[jump] By their own description, the Bib Gourmands are a nod to places where you could get a meal of “two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (taxes and gratuity not included).” Trestle, Dosa, Yank Sing, and others match that ideal, but for some on the list, that’s really pushing it.
Anchor Oyster Bar
Z & Y
Dosa (also in the Fillmore, but it's listed being in the Marina)
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai
1601 Bar & Kitchen
Contigo (listed as the Castro)
Hong Kong Lounge II
M. Y. China
Oddly, only two Oakland restaurants made the cut: Millennium, and Michel Bistro. While that should be remedied for 2017, at least the pressure over it is much lower than it is for Michelin stars. Bernard Loiseau, the chef of La Cote d’Or in Saulieu, France, shot himself in 2003 after rumors that his adherence to classical French gastronomy over nouvelle cuisine might cost him a star. (He suffered from clinical depression as well.)
And if you’re wondering about the name, Bib comes from the Michelin Man’s full name, Bibendum (which in turn derives from the Latin phrase “Nunc est bibendum,” or “Now is the time to drink”). Indeed! Congrats to all the winners.