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Michelin, the French restaurant guide company that also makes tires admired by certain Nosh readers, put its dining listings on hold last year, as the pandemic disrupted restaurants around the world. Its first new guide to California since 2019 dropped today, and while it gave generous attention to East Bay venues, only one restaurant in the region was recognized with its highest honor, the Michelin star rating.
As in the 2019 guide, Oakland’s Commis is the only restaurant in the entire East Bay to have a star ranking — it has two stars (out of a possible three) for chef/owner James Syhabout’s $189 per person, eight course tasting menu of (per Michelin) “measured and well-conceived dishes.” (Before you ask, Chez Panisse hasn’t had a Michelin star since 2010.)
However, the East Bay cleaned up in the guide’s Bib Gourmand honors, which the company characterizes as “a just-as-esteemed rating that recognizes friendly establishments that serve exceptionally good food at moderate prices.”Moderate, in this case, is defined as “a three-course meal with starter, main course and dessert” for under $40 per person. Last week, Michelin announced that it had added nine East Bay restaurants to this year’s Bib Gourmand list.
When added to the guide’s list of restaurants that retained their Bib from last year, that brings the East Bay’s Bib list to a pleasantly round 20, an increase of six from its last outing. You can find the list of all of this year’s Bib Gourmand picks in the East Bay below. On the Michelin website, you can find the statewide list of 2021 Bibs and the company’s full 2021 guide to California restaurants.
Mama, 388 Grand Ave. (near Staten Avenue), Oakland
Millennium, 5912 College Ave. (near Chabot), Oakland
Nyum Bai, 3340 E. 12th St., Ste. 11 (between 33rd and 34th), Oakland
Soba Ichi 2311A Magnolia St. (at 24th St.), Oakland
Tacos Oscar 420 40th St. (at Webster), Oakland
Taqueria El Paisa@.com 4610 International Blvd. (near Bancroft Way), Oakland
Teni East Kitchen 4015 Broadway (at 40th), Oakland
Wood Tavern 6317 College Ave. (between Alcatraz and 63rd), Oakland
FOB Kitchen 5179 Telegraph Ave. (at 51st), Oakland
Horn Barbecue 2534 Mandela Pkwy. (at 26th Street), Oakland
China Village, 1335 Solano Ave. (at Ramona), Albany
Los Carnalitos 30200 Industrial Pkwy. SW, Hayward
New Dumpling 10064 San Pablo Ave. (near Central Avenue), El Cerrito
Range Life 2160 Railroad Ave. (near N. Livermore Avenue), Livermore
Spinning Bones 1205 Park St. (near San Jose Avenue), Alameda
Thai House 254 Rose St. (between Front and Diablo), Danville
Top Hatters Kitchen 855 Macarthur Blvd. (between Fortuna and Diehl), San Leandro