Next Monday, we'll present the Eater Awards 2011, a yearly celebration of all that's made America's 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, the voting for which begins now.
Here's how it works. Eater editors have named nominees for each category. Special thanks to Miami food blog mafia, The Chowfather, Frodnesor and Ryan Roman for their insight. Here's how it works. Eater editors 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 Restaurant of the Year, defined as the restaurant that most dominated the conversation in 2011, and will close in 24 hours when a new poll will begin. Voting irregularities will be strictly policed.