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19 D.C. restaurants added to Michelin's 2019 Bib Gourmand list

Can you smell the anxiety in D.C. kitchens right now? It's Michelin time once again, and September 6 marked the release of the 2019 Bib Gourmand list, with 19 newcomers added and two restaurants removed. Given that last year's list only included three additions and no subtractions, it looks like Michelin season is already off to a more exciting start! Could this mean a three-star ranking is eminent?

The new Bib Gourmand additions include Ambar, Chloe, Fancy Radish, Joselito’s Casa de Comidas, Kaliwa, Maydan, Millie's, Mola, Napoli Pasta Bar, Sababa, Spark, Spoken English, Succotash, Supra, Tiger Fork, Timber Pizza Co., Toki Underground, Unconventional Diner and Whaley's. Boqueria and 2Amy's were removed from the list. Thirty nine D.C. restaurants are now on the Bib Gourmand list.

Once again, no Virginia or Maryland restaurants have made the cut; The Inn at Little Washington is thus far the only non-D.C.-proper restaurant to be included in any of Michelin's D.C. coverage.

“In the inaugural edition of the Guide, our team found 19 restaurants that really impressed,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. “After two years, these restaurants were consistently impressive, and we uncovered nearly twice as many to join their ranks. Our inspectors recognize these as their favorite restaurants.”

The Bib Gourmand list is meant to highlight more affordable restaurant options than the establishments Michelin typically recognizes with stars. The qualifications? You must be able to dine at the restaurant for $40 or less for two courses and a glass of wine or dessert (excluding tax and tip). Restaurants on the Bib Gourmand list cannot be considered for Michelin stars within the same year, meaning that the 20 restaurants who remained on the Bib Gourmand list from last year, and the 19 newcomers will not be eligible for Michelin stars.

2019 Bib Gourmand list (new additions marked with *)

  • Ambar*
  • Bad Saint
  • Bidwell
  • Chercher
  • China Chilcano
  • Chloe*
  • Das
  • Doi Moi
  • Fancy Radish*
  • Hazel
  • Ivy City Smokehouse
  • Jaleo
  • Joselito’s Casa de Comidas*
  • Kaliwa*
  • Kyirisan
  • Lapis
  • Maketto
  • Maydan*
  • Millie’s*
  • Mola*
  • Napoli Pasta Bar*
  • Ottoman Taverna
  • Oyamel
  • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
  • Red Hen (The)
  • Royal
  • Sababa*
  • Sfoglina
  • Spark*
  • Spoken English*
  • Succotash*
  • Supra*
  • Thip Khao
  • Tiger Fork*
  • Timber Pizza Co.*
  • Toki Underground*
  • Unconventional Diner*
  • Whaley’s*
  • Zaytinya

Current local Michelin-starred restaurants

  • Inn at Little Washington: 2 stars
  • Minibar: 2 stars
  • Pineapple & Pearls: 2 stars
  • Blue Duck Tavern: 1 star
  • Fiola: 1 star
  • Kinship: 1 star
  • Komi: 1 star
  • Masseria:1 star
  • Metier: 1 star
  • Plume: 1 star
  • Rose's Luxury: 1 star
  • Sushi Taro: 1 star
  • Tail Up Goat: 1 star
  • The Dabney: 1 star

Stay tuned to see if we will have any changes in the official star status, with 2019 Michelin star announcements expected next Thursday, September 13.