ORANGE COUNTY, CA – This week, the 2021 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand list for California was announced with 45 restaurants added. Six of these Bib Gourmand California restaurants can be found in Orange County. If you are unfamiliar with this list, it is here to bring you exceptional dining options without breaking your budget.
Bib Gourmand “Restaurants offer a full starter, main, and dessert menu, so you can order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $ 40 or less (taxes and tips not included).”
The list includes casual taquerias, grills, neighborhood restaurants in malls, and upscale eateries. In Orange County, the following six received the highest praise:
- CHAAK kitchen (Tustin)
- Fable & Spirit (Newport Beach)
- Heritage Barbecue (San Juan Capistrano)
- Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen (Fullerton)
- Oliver’s Osteria Mare e Monti (Laguna Beach)
- Pho 79 (garden grove)
The reviewers note high praise for the selection.
CHAAK Kitchen of Tustin offers wide outdoor seating and a delicious array of flavors. “The team behind these ovens brings the vibrant, smoke and spice-focused cuisine of the Yucatán Peninsula to life.”
Newport Beach’s Fable & Spirit received rave reviews in the Notes.
“The space is packed with a distinctive buzz of happy guests immersed in delicious pub food,” they wrote. “You will want to order the Guinness black bread, which is an absolute delight, especially paired with plump PEI clams that are bathed in thyme butter.”
At the San Juan Capistrano Heritage Barbecue, punctuality is essential.
“Everyone is here early and eager to enjoy the food of Chef and Owner Daniel Castillo,” they write. “His creations are inspired by central Texas. So when the sweet smell of California white oak takes off, let yourself be carried away on a wild journey, starting with glistening slices of brisket.”
In Fullerton, the Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton is known for its red meat.
The restaurant is run by the Pakistani chef Imran Ali Mookhi. According to reviewers, the restaurant shows “a certain skill with spices, flavors, and handling red meat in this South Asian gem”.
In Laguna Beach you will find Oliver’s Osteria Mare e Monti just minutes from the Pacific Coast Highway.
“This Italian gem is a delight to see. Chef Erik De Marchi’s menu has something for everyone,” say reviewers. “He takes various well-known dishes and refines them with an authentic flair.”
Garden Groves Pho 79 enthused the reviewers for “slurping”.
“If you’re no stranger to sipping, Pho 79 is likely already on your circuit,” wrote reviewers. “After all, this place is an institution. It opened in the early 1980s and is widely recognized as one of the finest and most laudable Pho in Southern California.”
The list only includes restaurants that will appear for the first time in 2021. To see the full list of more than 100 Bib Gourmand restaurants in California, download the Michelin app. You will see the updates on Tuesday when Michelin announces its stars for 2021.
Read all Michelin reviewers notes