It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs—to announce the winners of the 2013 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 27 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them. So, without further ado—actually, a few quick pre-ambling thoughts....
To recap, Eater's local editors in 27 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team chose the winner. Our Eater National brain trust then got together to decide the national winners for those categories. In addition to these main stage winners, said Eater editorial team has named worthy winners in more specialized categories, for myriad notable achievements.
Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for packages containing cans of Italian peeled tomatoes. And now, without further ado, the winners in the Twin Cities.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Borough, Butcher & the Boar, Travail, World Street Kitchen, Burch
Finalists: Borough, Butcher & the Boar, Travail
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Jamie Malone (Sea Change), Isaac Becker (112 Eatery, Bar La Grassa, Burch) Doug Flicker (Piccolo, Sandcastle) Erick Harcey (Victory 44, Parka), Sameh Wadi (Saffron, World Street Kitchen)
Finalists: Sameh Wadi, Doug Flicker, Erick Harcey
Winner: Doug Flicker
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Spyhouse Northeast, The Rabbit Hole, The Buttered Tin, The Torpedo Room at Eat Street Social, Umami Dim Sum
Finalists: Spyhouse Northeast, The Rabbit Hole, The Buttered Tin
Winner: The Rabbit Hole
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Jesse Held (Parlour), Nick Kosevich & Ira Koplowitz (Eat Street Social/The Torpedo Room), Pip Hanson (Marvel Bar), Johnny Michaels (La Belle Vie, Icehouse, Union), Dan Oskey (Strip Club).
Finalists: Jesse Held, Nick Kosevich & Ira Koplowitz, Dan Oskey
Winner: Dan Oskey
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Borough, Burch, The Rabbit Hole, Terzo, Union
Finalists: Borough, Burch, The Rabbit Hole
Innovator of the Year
Taproom of the Year
Winner: Indeed Brewing
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