A section of the Michelin guide since 1955, the Bib Gourmand rating is given to exceptional value restaurants. That means that the food is of a high quality without the expense of that in a star-rated establishment. “Bib” is a nickname for Bibendum, the Michelin man.
In the first guide for Washington, D.C., this year, four of Jose Andres’s restaurants received the Bib Gourmand (and one, Minibar, earned two stars): Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, and China Chilcano (see my posts “Minibar,” “Jaleo,” and “Zaytinya”).
Here are some examples of exemplary plates from Jaleo, a Spanish tapas restaurant, including liquid olives (of elBulli origin), oysters “Gin and Tonic” (Andres’s favorite cocktail), gambas, and flan: