Next Monday, we'll present the 2011 Eater Awards, our second annual celebration of all that's made America's restaurant world run—and run wild—in the past twelve months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, the voting for which begins now.
Here's how it works. Eater editors and readers have named nominees for each category: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, So Hot Right Now, Bartender of the Year, and, because why not, Best Bathroom. 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? Polls are open now for Bartender of the Year and will close in 24 hours (11am on Friday). Voting irregularities will be strictly policed.
Let's get to it!