Michelin today announced the inaugural selection of Bib Gourmand establishments in the 2019 Michelin Guide California. From tacos to sushi, and from bistros to oyster bars, the highly anticipated list features 151 restaurants that represent 36 different cuisine types.
Originally introduced in 1997, the Bib Gourmand category highlights restaurants that serve high-quality meals which include two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. In addition to the exceptional restaurants distinguished by star awards, Michelin inspectors take great pride in finding hidden gems to complete the selection that are more widely accessible for diners, whatever their budget or craving.
As the trusted source for gastronomy lovers worldwide for more than 120 years, Michelin publishes 32 Guides annually in more than two dozen countries, including four Guides in the United States. The 2019 Michelin Guide California is the most recent global expansion, and this represents the first statewide or regional Guide in the United States.
"Our inspectors were very impressed by the diversity of cuisine and culinary trends that they have seen across the Bib Gourmand selection in California, and it's great to see that many of these restaurants take advantage of the fantastic local produce available throughout the state," says Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides.
Building on and including the selection launched in San Francisco last year, California now includes 88 new Bib Gourmands that are available on www.michelinmedia.com. In addition, inspectors' notes on each restaurant can also be found on the website.
The complete selection in the 2019 Michelin Guide California, including the Michelin stars, will be unveiled at a live Star Revelation event taking place in Huntington Beach on Monday June 3, 2019, and the Guide will be available for purchase from major booksellers in the U.S. starting June 6, 2019, for $19.95.
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