This time last year, D.C. was seeing stars -- Michelin stars that is, as the restaurant community eagerly awaited the release of D.C.'s first ever Michelin guide. One year later, the buzz isn't quite as insane, but three more establishments joined the coveted Michelin club -- Hazel, Ivy City Smokehouse and Sfoglina -- as the 2018 Bib Gourmand list was released today with 22 total D.C. restaurants making the cut.
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). This is where you would find Michelin inspectors eating when off the clock. Restaurants on the Bib Gourmand list cannot be considered for Michelin stars within the same year, meaning that the 19 restaurants who remained on the Bib Gourmand list from year, along with the three new additions, will not be eligible for Michelin stars.
“Our inspectors had another exciting year working on the Bib Gourmand selection in D.C., and we are thrilled to find more, showing just how rich and varied the cooking scene has become in Washington.” said Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide.
33 styles of cuisine are represented on this year's Bib Gourmand list, ranging from Afghan to Italian, Ethiopian and South American.
D.C.'s Bib Gourmand restaurants
- Bad Saint
- China Chilcano
- Doi Moi
- Hazel *NEW*
- Ivy City Smokehouse *NEW*
- Ottoman Taverna
- Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
- Red Hen
- Sfoglina *NEW*
- Thip Khao
Stay tuned to see if we will have any changes in the official star status, with 2018 Michelin star announcements expected next Tuesday, October 17.