It’s Michelin Guide season in Washington, DC. The prestigious guide, which only launched in the city last year, recently announced its star ratings and revealed the 2018 Bib Gourmand restaurants. The latter recognizes those locales providing outstanding food at affordable prices. To be considered for inclusion, diners at candidate restaurants must be able to order two courses and wine or dessert for $40 or less.
As for the Michelin Guide, only one Spanish restaurant made the grade: Minibar, by José Andrés. This restaurant was included in last year’s list, and remains in the 2-star category, which translates to “excellent cooking, worth a detour.”
As for the Bib Gourmand list, there are two Spanish locales. The first is Boqueria, a tapas bar in Dupont Circle run by Marc Vidal. Menu highlights include pork jowl with squid, artichokes, navy beans, salsa verde, pipirrana, and cayenne pepper; and the Catalan Mezze Platter, which features Ibérico charcuterie, Serrano ham, Idiazabal cheese, boquerones, olives and pan con tomate, among other treats. The other restaurant is Jaleo, by José Andrés, which serves a wide selection of Ibérico charcuterie and Spanish cheeses and traditional creations such as Algeciras-style gazpacho, Catalan escalivada (roasted vegetables), and Galicia-style octopus. The list also includes Zaytinya and Oyamel, two more restaurants from José Andrés, though they serve a mix of Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisine, and Mexican/Tex-Mex food, respectively.
While the Michelin Guide shines a light on high-end restaurants, the Bib Gourmand list highlights more affordable restaurants