More than two dozen North Bay restaurants made the "Bib Gourmand" list in the forthcoming new Bay Area edition of the Michelin Guide, which also issues "star" ratings to top restaurants.
For the 2014 edition of the guide (michelintravel.com), set to be released next week but announced Wednesday, 26 North Bay establishments were among 83 from the Bay Area on the Bib Gourmand list:Backyard, Forestville Bistro Jeanty, YountvilleBistro 29, Santa RosaBoon Eat + Drink, GuernevilleBrick & Bottle, Corte MaderaC Casa, NapaChalkboard, HealdsburgCook St. Helena, St. HelenaCucina Paradiso, PetalumaGlen Ellen Star, Glen EllenHot Box Grill, SonomaInsalata's, San AnselmoLaSalette, SonomaLe Garage, SausalitoMarinitas, San AnselmoMonti's Rotisserie, Santa RosaOenotri, NapaRedd Wood, YountvilleRisibisi, PetalumaSana Marin, San RafaelSazon, Santa RosaScopa, HealdsburgSir and Star, OlemaSushi Ran, SausalitoThe Girl & the Fig, SonomaWilli's Wine Bar, Santa Rosa
A number have been on the list in previous years.
Winners are selected by Michelin's anonymous food inspectors from restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, excluding tax and tip. Most importantly, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves.
In the 2014 edition, 22 different types of cuisine are represented among the Bib Gourmands and include restaurants across the region, including San Francisco, the East Bay, South Bay and the Peninsula.