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Updated: November 14, 2011 2:58PM



Fifty-six Chicago and suburban restaurants made the 2012 “Bib Gourmand” list, issued Wednesday by the Michelin Guide, denoting “good cuisine at a reasonable value.”

That’s up from 46 last year.

Restaurants with the “Bib Gourmand” distinction — which Michelin says must offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less — include the popular Avec and Belly Shack; Smak-Tak, a Northwest Side Polish restaurant; and the Andersonville gastropub Hopleaf.

Michelin said it “found an excellent and diverse selection of restaurants meeting the criteria for the Bib Gourmand across the city and in a few of the closer suburbs.”

On Nov. 15, Michelin —the French tire company also known for its travel and dining guides — will release its list of the crème de la crème of Chicago’s dining scene, restaurants that have earned coveted Michelin stars.

The 56 restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs that snagged the Bib Gourmand honor for 2012 are:

Ann Sather — 5207 N. Clark St., 909 W. Belmont Ave.

Arami — 1829 W. Chicago Ave.

Avec — 615 W. Randolph St..

Belly Shack — 1912 N. Western Ave.

Bistronomic — 840 N. Wabash Ave.

The Bristol — 2152 N. Damen Ave.

Browntrout — 4111 N. Lincoln Ave

Ceres’ Table — 4882 N. Clark St.

Cumin — 1414 N. Milwaukee Ave.

De Cero — 814 W. Randolph St.

deca — 160 E. Pearson St.

DeCOLORES — 1626 S. Halsted St.

†Fogón — 1235 W. Grand Ave.

Frontera Grill — 445 N. Clark St.

Gemini Bistro — 2075 N. Lincoln Ave.

Gilt Bar — 230 W. Kinzie St.

Girl & The Goat — 809 W. Randolph St.

Green Zebra — 1460 W. Chicago Ave.

GT Fish & Oyster — 531 N. Wells St..

Han 202 — 605 W. 31st St.

Hopleaf — 5148 N. Clark St.

Jaipur — 847 W. Randolph St.

†J in Thai — 5458 N. Broadway.

Kabul House — 4949 Oakton, Skokie.

La Creperie — 2845 N. Clark St.

La Petite Folie — 1504 E. 55th St.

Lao Sze Chuan — 2172 S. Archer Ave.

Los Nopales — 4544 N. Western Ave.

Lula Café — 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.

M. Henry — 5707 N. Clark St.

Maude’s Liquor Bar — 840 W. Randolph St.

Mexique — 1529 W. Chicago Ave.

Mixteco Grill — 1601 W. Montrose Ave.

Mundial Cocina Mestiza — 1640 W. 18th St.

Nana — 3267 S. Halsted St.

Nightwood — 2119 S. Halsted St.

Opart Thai House — 4658 N. Western Ave.

Owen & Engine — 2700 N. Western Ave.

Paramount Room — 415 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Perennial Virant — 1800 N. Lincoln Ave.

The Publican — 837 W. Fulton Market.

The Purple Pig — 500 N. Michigan Ave.

Raj Darbar — 2660 N. Halsted St.

Riccardo Trattoria — 2119 N. Clark St.

Sen — 814 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Smak-Tak — 5961 N. Elston Ave.

Smoque BBQ — 3800 N. Pulaski Rd.

Sol de Mexico — 3018 N. Cicero.

Spacca Napoli — 1769 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Taste of Peru — 6545 N. Clark St.

Thai Village — 2053 W. Division St.

Twin Anchors — 1655 N. Sedgwick St.

Urban Belly — 3053 N. California Ave.

West Town Tavern — 1329 W. Chicago Ave.

Xni-Pec de Yucatan — 3755 Grand Blvd., Brookfield.

Yolo — 5111 Brown St., Skokie.



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