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Five new Chicago restaurants were selected as 2023 Michelin Bib Gourmands. Reps from the tire guide announced the news Wednesday morning. A full guide won’t be available until after a November 7 party in New York attended by chefs where reps will reveal which restaurants earned Michelin Stars.

The Bib Gourmands denote a balance of quality and value. Due to supply chain issues and rising labor costs, the prices at restaurants impact how consumers define value. This year, the Bib Gourmands are based on the ability to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for about $50 without tax and gratuity, according to a Michelin spokesperson. Last year, the criteria was $40.

Michelin teased that 47 Chicago restaurants are listed as Bib Gourmands. Last year, 55 Chicago restaurants made the list. Of those, six restaurants have since closed (Soule, Pizzeria Bebu, Joe’s Imports, GT Fish & Oyster, Funkenhausen, Flat & Point, and Dos Urban Cantina).

Normally, Michelin releases this news in the spring, but reps are trying something new woth the party and a fall reveal. The full guide and the fine-dining-focused Michelin stars will be made available via the Michelin app after the aforementioned party where chefs from New York and Washington, D.C. will be present to hear about their fates.

Read about the five additions below.

Boonie’s Filipino Restaurant

A long, painted black hallway lined with two-top tables.
Boonie’s Filipino Restaurant has earned a Bib Gourmand nod.
Jack X. Li/Eater Chicago

Chef and owner Joe Fontelera, a Filipino American, has raised his culinary voice. The veteran chef dreamed of opening a restaurant that spotlights his heritage. With Boonie, he achieves it with a boisterous casual restaurant with a fine dining edge. Michelin inspectors say: “The intoxicating, unmistakable aroma of garlic fills the narrow room every time someone opens the rice cooker.”

Cellar Door Provisions

A glass door that leads into a brick building reads “Cellar Door Provisions.”
Cellar Door is one of Chicago’s most beloved spots.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Cellar Door transformed during the pandemic with a wine-focused menu and a remodeled dining room. This tiny Logan Square restaurant always houses some of Chicago’s best cooking, and now it’s positioned better to showcase that. Michelin inspectors say: “This is an honest restaurant with unfussy, no-nonsense cooking where the plates are warm, the seasoning is spot-on and the flavors are clear.”

Pompette

A shelf on a wall near a window.
Pompette is an all-day cafe in Bucktown.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

A team of veteran chefs came together for this all-day cafe in Bucktown. The seasonal menu rotates, but as a gateway, the burger has been getting great feedback. Michelin Inspectors say: ”It’s the kind of place you could come all day, every day, and never tire of the selection.”

Union

A wooden bar with beer menus in Chicago.
Union is a beer-focused restaurant with a fun menu.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The company behind Lardon, the all-day palace of charcuterie, opened a pub next door with a focus on beer, sourcing brews from some of Chicago’s best. But unlike most beer bars, the food is no mere afterthought. Michelin inspectors say: “The menu balances comfort with creativity. The spicy baby gem is peak salad satisfaction. Fried cheese curds and lamb meatballs are easy crowd-pleasers, and every table has at least one cheeseburger.”

Yao Yao

A plate of pickled fish.
Yu Yu is a new Chinatown restaurant specializing in pickled fish.
Michelin/Yuchen Li

A newcomer in Chinatown, pickled fish stars at this under-the-radar opening. The signature fish comes topped with chiles in broth with fish heads. Michelin inspectors say: “Fiery and potent, this plate delivers a one-two punch with a funky seafood quality and the sharp tang of sour greens.”

GT Fish & Oyster

531 North Wells Street, , IL 60654 (312) 929-3501 Visit Website

Flat & Point

3524 West Fullerton Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 904-7152 Visit Website

Funkenhausen

1709 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 929-4727 Visit Website

Pizzeria Bebu

1521 N Fremont St, Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 280-6000

Lardon

2200 North California Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 697-4444 Visit Website

Dos Urban Cantina

2829 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-6452 Visit Website

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