We’ve already released a few sneak peeks at the 2022 MICHELIN California Guide, and now the full guide is rolling out, starting with 15 new Bib Gourmands. From a Los Angeles kitchen run by refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants to a Malaysian cafe in Alhambra, these are California’s newest Bib Gourmands. The complete selection of the MICHELIN Guide California 2022 will be available on December 5 at 11:30 pm PST.
baby all day
Anyone can make a breakfast sandwich, but few compare to the one served here. A tower of gently scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and American cheese arrives under a layer of strawberry jam stacked between a fluffy cat biscuit.
All Day Baby © Ken Hung/All Day Baby
This airy industrial-chic space welcomes guests with a full menu of deeply flavorful and thought-provoking modern Brazilian dishes.
Caboco © Karina Nunes/Caboco
Tacos are served all day at this place where Oaxacan-style Mexican food with a California influence reigns supreme.
Chulita © Wonho Frank Lee/Chulita
flavors from afar
A kitchen on a mission, Flavors from Afar works with refugees and asylum seekers to highlight recipes from their home countries over the course of a month. Eritrean, Lebanese, Navajo, Guatemalan, Haitian—the turnover is constant, and the culinary scope of the effort is enormous.
Flavors From Afar © Jesse Hsu/Flavors From Afar
Chef-owner Tenagne Belachew and her daughters offer a dazzling selection of vibrant and colorful Ethiopian classics with vegetables and meat alike that arrive on oversized silver platters lined with thin, fluffy injera.
Lalibela © Dago R/Lalibela
Moo’s Artisan BBQ
Smoked brisket with a salt and pepper crust and spicy sausages packed with cheddar cheese and jalapeños pay homage to the barbecue traditions of Austin, Texas.
Moo’s Handcrafted BBQ © John Troxell/Moo’s Handcrafted BBQ
“Indian Sports Bar” isn’t a phrase you hear often, if at all, so it’s no surprise that this quirky hotspot defies labels. The onion rings are battered in dosa dough. The wings are marinated in coriander and mint chutney. Rigatoni is mixed with a creamy tomato masala that evokes a vodka tomato sauce.
Pijja Palace © pijjapalace/Instagram
Those who think Los Angeles can’t compete with New York when it comes to pizza obviously haven’t been to Pizzeria Bianco. There’s a reason long lines wind through ROW DTLA and line up at the takeout window with diners craving pizza from chef Chris Bianco.
Bianco’s Pizzeria © Ashley Randall/Bianco’s Pizzeria
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
From the hitmakers behind Bavel and Bestia comes this breezy-filled space in marmalade hues of orange and starburst pink. Lamb and pork kebabs cooked on long metal skewers are the main event, but appetizers easily hold their own.
Saffy’s © Joseph Weaver/Saffy’s
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Good Good Culture Club
Cuisine: Southeast Asia
The vibrantly flavorful cuisine here highlights Southeast Asian flavors and unique Californian expressions in dishes like an adobo-glazed fried chicken wing stuffed with garlic rice.
Good Good Culture Club © Patricia Chang/Good Good Culture Club
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You won’t find basic benedicts here, but rather a variety of original dishes based on ingredients that change with the seasons, and even sweet desserts like pancakes and French toast are whimsically reimagined.
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Hilda and Jesse © Timofei Osipenko/Hilda and Jesse
Jo’s Modern Thai
The menu here showcases the bold and balanced flavors typical of Thai cuisine, but doesn’t worry too much about following tradition. That approach is exemplified in dishes like a drunken noodle version, which features smoky barbecue brisket, or a pork burger seasoned to resemble the complex herbaceous flavors of laab.
Modern Thai by Jo © Grace Sager/Modern Thai by Jo
It might seem impossible to get even more enchanting than the Solvang setting, but the FEAST peasants double down and deliver. This daytime solo cafe by Sarah and Michael Cherney highlights the seasons in its sandwich-based menu.
FESTIVAL OF THE PEASANTS © Bri Burkett/FIESTA DE LOS PAMPESINOS
Chef Kenji Tang fills a void with a fairly succinct menu of well-known Malaysian favorites that stand out in a region better known for its Chinese restaurants. Everyone orders the tender Hainanese chicken, served with a trio of dipping sauces and a dome of seasoned rice.
Ipoh Kopitiam © Ipoh Kopitiam
TAO of ramen and tsukemen
This unassuming spot in an easy-to-miss location in an outdoor mall belies the wonderful steaming bowls inside.
Ramen and Tsukemen TAO © Ramen and Tsukemen TAO
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