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By Elena Kadvany

Local restaurants snag Michelin Bib Gourmand status

Uploaded: Oct 16, 2013

Michelin Guide announced its annual list of San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country Bib Gourmand restaurants, a designation that denotes high-quality food at a reasonable price. Bib Gourmand restaurants must offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).

Crouching Tiger, Vesta and Donato Enoteca in Redwood City; Fey in Menlo Park and Evvia in Palo Alto were all bibbed this year. Evvia, Fey and Vesta are new to the list. I've been dying to try Vesta and have only heard good things (sausage + honey pizza, anyone?).

This year's Bib Gourmand list represents 20 different cuisines from 83 Bay Area restaurants, up from 70 last year. It spans the Peninsula, up through San Francisco to wine country and across the Bay to Oakland and Berkeley.

Getting onto the Bib Gourmand list does also mean these restaurants will not earn the sought-after Michelin star(s). Those rankings are set to drop next Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Michelin has also been furiously tweeting their favorite eats from various Bib Gourmand restaurants.

In response to a Vesta fan tweet: "@jmissig agreed! both the red pies (herb-tomato sauce, burrata, basil) and white pies (mozzarella, bacon, potato, rosemary) shine at Vesta."

Michelin promised Eater SF, a San Francisco food blog, that they'll be posting highlights from each spot over the next few days (though "we're better at eating than tweeting," they tweeted this morning).