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. Please send them your congratulations.
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 San Diego, plus a bonus category selected by our editorial team. Congratulations to all the nominees and finalists, San Diego should be proud to claim all of you as some of our brightest stars. Thanks for participating in this year’s Eater Awards.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Sea & Smoke, Buona Forchetta, MARKET Del Mar, Carnitas’ Snack Shack, CUCINA urbana
Finalists: Buona Forchetta, Carnitas’ Snack Shack, CUCINA urbana
Winner: Carnitas’ Snack Shack
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Jeff Jackson, Trey Foshee, Javier Plascencia, Matt Gordon, Hanis Cavin
Finalists: Trey Foshee, Javier Plascencia, Matt Gordon
Winner: Javier Plascencia
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Coin-Op Game Room; Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen, Waypoint Public, Fathom Bistro, Polite Provisions
Finalists: Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen, Waypoint Public, Polite Provisions
Winner: Waypoint Public
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Erick Castro, Ryan Andrews, Jen Queen, Eric Johnson, Ian Ward
Finalists: Ryan Andrews, Jen Queen, Eric Johnson
Winner: Eric Johnson
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Polite Provisions, Sea & Smoke, Queenstown Public House, Bang Bang, CUCINA enoteca
Finalists: CUCINA enoteca, Sea & Smoke, Queentown Public House and Polite Provisions (tie)
Winner: CUCINA enoteca
Empire Builder of the Year (Bonus Category)
Winner: Tracy Borkumr