New French Michelin guide gets makeover

In an effort to distance itself from accusations of being elitist, this year’s Michelin Guide France 2011 has revamped itself to cater to the mainstream diner.

This year’s edition, to be released March 3, has expanded its “Bib Gourmand” section with a listing of 601 restaurants offering a complete prix fixe (fixed price) menu for less than 35 euros in France – the largest selection in its history.

Bib listings are considered restaurants that offer “good food at moderate prices.”

In another first, the guide has partnered with a thousand restaurants throughout France for their ‘Printemps du guide Michelin,’ a three-month culinary program which gives Michelin readers special deals and discounts at participating establishments. The program kicks off March 3 and runs through to June 21.

Foodies can also obtain a free, one-month discovery pass to tour some of the restaurants listed at



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