These 18 Bay Area restaurants are on Michelin Guide's list for an affordable night out

Eighteen Bay Area restaurants are on the Michelin Guide's latest list of most affordable finds in California.
Eighteen Bay Area restaurants are on the Michelin Guide's latest list of most affordable finds in California. Photo credit Getty Images

Eighteen Bay Area restaurants are on the Michelin Guide's latest list of most affordable finds in California.

Everything from barbecue to Thai and Cantonese to tacos were included when the Michelin Guide on Wednesday announced its Bib Gourmand awards for California. Oakland's Horn Barbecue, Sonoma's Folktable and San Leandro's Top Hatters Kitchen and Bar were among the local winners.

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“We’re really excited about the award, especially in this time,” Michael Oliverio of Palo Alto-based iTalico told KCBS Radio in a Wednesday phone interview.

Whereas the Michelin stars celebrate fine dining, the Bib Gourmands celebrate the best restaurants offering two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or fewer, before tax and gratuity. Michelin Guide created the category in 1997, and the awards recognize accessibility and affordability.

Like most owners and employees of restaurants still in business during the COVID-19 pandemic, Oliverio said he's grateful. After all, things were a lot worse last year.

"Unfortunately, in 2020, we lost 70% of our business," he said, adding the restaurant is "very lucky to still be here and to still be able to do what we love."

You can find the full list of California’s 45 Bib Gourmand winners here. Below is a list of the Bay Area's winners, organized by city.

Alameda

Spinning Bones

El Cerrito

New Dumpling

Hayward

Los Carnalitos (also a food truck in Redwood City)

Livermore

Range Life

Los Gatos

ASA South

Marshall

Tony's Seafood

Oakland

FOB Kitchen, Horn Barbecue, Taquería El Paisa, Tacos Oscar

Palo Alto

iTalico

San Francisco

Dumpling Home, Routier, Um.ma

San Leandro

Top Hatters Kitchen and Bar

Sebastopol

Khom Loi

Sonoma

Folktable, Valley