On Monday November 16, Eater will celebrate all the restaurants across 24 cities, that have made 2015 one of the best years ever for eating out. Winners will be selected in five categories by your votes.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Minneapolis and St. Paul for each of five major categories. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.
First category: Restaurant of the Year.
First a little recap on where we've been in the past twelve months. It's almost impossible to talk about Minneapolis restaurants without mentioned Gavin Kaysen's Spoon & Stable. The internationally lauded chef made history as a coach for the United States team to silver at the Bocuse d'Or, earned four stars from the Star Tribune and gave us the cotton-candy-as-big-as-your-head birthday surprises. Revival from chef Thomas Boemer, and restaurateurs Nick and Chenny Rancone was years in the making and was one of the few instances of skyrocketed expectations meeting the crispy fried reality. It's arguable that no other new restaurant brings together the citizens of the city, across economic, racial and geographical boundaries the way Revival does. When Surly opened, we expected plenty of great beer and some pub food from chef Jorge Guzman, but there was no way to guess a year ago that such a stunning tasting menu could come from a beer forward menu.Brewer's Table defies expectations will bold flavors and stunning plates. Saint Dinette was another restaurant a long time in the making, with several rumored addresses never coming to fruition, before the neighborhood hangout finally landed in Lowertown. An unreal burger, life-changing bologna sandwich, flawless cocktail list and unmatched service proved that Tim Niver and J.D. Fratzke know exactly how to serve St. Paul. However, it's chef Adam Eaton and general manager Laurel Elm that provide the heart and soul of this effortless cool eatery.