On Monday, November 16, Eater will present the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the Austin restaurant world run—and run wild—in the past 12 months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, and the voting begins right now. First up: Restaurant of the Year.
Here’s a look into this year’s nominees for Austin. High concept Counter 3.Five.VII embraced tasting menus fully with no servers, tipping, or tables. Franklin Barbecue is Austin barbecue, and the smoked meats spot had a stellar year which included a James Beard medal. The wonder team of Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki debuted the stylish Launderette, the neighborhood cafe serving up delicious and easy-going Mediterranean-influenced menu. Buzzy modern Southern restaurant Olamaie has become one of the city’s biggest hits, garnering praise from across the nation. Constantly reinventing itself, Qui got rid of regular menus and created three different dining experiences, from the ticketed dining room to the casual pulutan patio, where every dish is a deep exploration of food. Cast your vote for this year’s top restaurant below.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Austin 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.