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 Austin.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Qui, Lenoir, Swift's Attic, Jeffrey's/Josephine House, Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Finalists: Qui, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Swift's Attic
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Bryce Gilmore, Paul Qui, Mat Clouser, Todd Duplechan, Tatsu Aikawa & "Tako" Matsumoto
Finalists: Bryce Gilmore, Paul Qui, Mat Clouser
Winner: Bryce Gilmore
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Arro, Eden East, Barlata, Hi Hat Public House, Bufalina
Finalists: Bufalina, Arro, Eden East
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Jason Stevens, Justin Elliott/Rachel DelRocca/Brian Floyd, Pam Pritchard, Steven Robbins, Josh Loving
Finalists: Jason Stevens, Qui Team, Pam Pritchard
Winner: Jason Stevens
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Qui, Mettle, Arro, NO VA, Sway
Finalists: NO VA, Arro, Qui
Winner: NO VA
Winner: SPIN Modern Thai
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