On Wednesday, November 16 at 8 p.m., Eater will present the 2016 Eater Awards, our seventh 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, and the voting begins right now. First up: Restaurant of the Year. Cast your vote for this year’s top restaurant below.
Here’s a look into the nominees, seen above in alphabetical order: Barley Swine grew up with a bigger space, which allowed it to experiment beyond the tasting menu offerings; Boiler Nine Bar + Grill ambitiously aimed to fulfill all of Austin’s needs by offering multiple experiences from a drinking den to airy rooftop patio; Emmer & Rye obsessed over very local sourcing and all things grains; L’Oca d’Oro kicked Austin’s Italian game up to a new level; and Wu Chow brought thoughtful modern Chinese right to downtown Austin.
This is how voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Austin for each of five major categories. This year, we’ve changed things up. Editors will pick winners from the nominees, and readers will vote to award one nominee in each category with a readers’ choice award. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.