It is time now—horns, trumpets, fanfare, fireworks, dancing acrobats—to announce the winners of the Eater Awards for the year 2010, presented by GREY GOOSE. In 50 categories spanning seven cities, the winners comprise a diverse bunch of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the country. 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 NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, Portland, Austin, and Miami nominated candidates for four major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, Chef of the Year, and Shaker of the Year. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team picked a winner. In very rare cases, we exercised Rule 17, Sub. 19, which allows for veto of the popular vote. (This rule was used just once in 2010.) 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 Downtown Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for packages containing cans of Italian peeled tomatoes—and some other goodies. And now, for real, without further ado, the winners in Austin. And because we know that just because you live in Austin doesn't mean you don't care about the rest of the country, head on over to Eater National for awards at both the city and national level.
EATER AWARDS 2010
=== AUSTIN ===
Restaurant of the Year, Austin
Nominees: Jeffrey's, La Condesa, Lamberts, Olivia, Parkside, Perla's, Uchi
Finalists: Olivia, Jeffrey's, Uchi
So Hot Right Now, Austin
Nominees: East Side King, El Arbol, Franklin Barbecue, Foreign & Domestic, Justine's, Uchiko
Finalists: El Arbol, Uchiko, Foreign & Domestic
Winner: El Arbol
Chef of the Year, Austin
Nominees: Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside), Tyson Cole (Uchi), James Holmes (Olivia), Zack Northcutt (Mulberry), Deegan McClung (Jeffrey's), Rene Ortiz (La Condesa), Paul Qui (Uchiko), Josh Watkins (The Carillon)
Finalists: Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside), Deegan McClung (Jeffrey's), James Holmes (Olivia)
Winner: Deegan McClung (Jeffrey's)
Shaker of the Year, Austin
Nominees: David Alan (Tipsy Texan), Jeff Boley (Paggi House), Chauncey James (East Side Showroom), Josh Loving (Fino), Ace Manning (Peche), Pam Pritchard (The Tigress Pub)
Finalists: Josh Loving (Fino), Jeff Boley (Paggi House), Chauncey James (East Side Showroom)
Winner: Josh Loving (Fino)
The Eater Awards 2010 would not be possible not only without presenting sponsor GREY GOOSE Vodka but also the event's product sponsors—Starbucks Flavored VIA, Whole Foods Market, USA Pears, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Astor Wines & Spirits, and Forever Cheese—and participating restaurants—Momofuku Milk Bar, The John Dory, Convivio, Pok Pok, Public, and Prime Meats. We salute them all.