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Monday, October 12, 2009

Michelin Unveils Its Latest Budget Dining List, Forgets to Put 'Budget' in Quotes

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 1:24 PM

click to enlarge Flour + Water: Cheap eats? - *CHRISTOPHER*/FLICKR
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  • Flour + Water: Cheap eats?
When researching its 2010 restaurant guide for San Francisco (it goes on sale Oct. 20), Michelin found that San Franciscans are eating out as frequently as ever, despite the economy -- but "are more conscious of value when choosing a dining destination."

To suit that discerning, value-hungry audience, Michelin put together a list of its famously anonymous inspectors' favorites for good value under the rubric of Bib Gourmand. This year's guide added 18 eateries to the current list, to make a total of 62. Michelin unveiled the list today online at famouslynonymous.com. Newcomers include Flour + Water and Dosa and the East Bay's Camino and Picán. Funny, we think of those last two as kinda pricey. Hmmm -- could it be that Michelin inspectors are different than ordinary diners?

Into every list a little sadness must fall. Missing from this year's lineup are 11 favorites from last year, including Espetus, Namu, Poleng Lounge, and South Park Café.

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