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By Elena Kadvany

Local restaurants snag Michelin Bib Gourmand status

Uploaded: Oct 18, 2016

Two Palo Alto restaurants and one in Redwood City again made the Michelin guide's Bib Gourmand list, which honors eateries that serve high-quality food at an affordable price.

Palo Alto French restaurant Zola, Palo Alto Greek mainstay Evvia and Redwood City pizza and small-plates restaurant Vesta made the guide's 2017 list, which was released Tuesday. The designation is granted to restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).

All three local restaurants were awarded Bib Gourmand status last year, Zola for the first time.

They are among few South Bay restaurants on the 2017 Bib Gourmand list, which highlights 75 restaurants total throughout the Bay Area, including 12 newcomers.

The only other South Bay restaurants on the list this year are the Bywater in Los Gatos and Orchard City Kitchen in Campbell. View the full list here.

Bib Gourmand restaurants are selected by Michelin's anonymous, trained food inspectors.

"Most telling about these selections is the fact that they are very often the same restaurants that the Michelin food inspectors frequent themselves when off the clock," a press release announcing the 2017 list states.

Michelin's sought-after stars will be announced next week, on Oct. 25, with the release of the organization’s 2017 guide. Bib Gourmand restaurants are not eligible to receive stars.

Last year, local restaurants Baumè in Palo Alto, The Village Pub in Woodside and Chez TJ in Mountain View all held onto their stars.