It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, etc.—to announce the winners of the 2012 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 19 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the country. 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 19 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, 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 Miami.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2012
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: The Dutch, db Bistro Moderne, Pubbelly, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Harry's Pizzeria
Finalists: Pubbelly, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, db Bistro Moderne
Winner: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Kevin Cory (NAOE), Michelle Bernstein (Michy's, Crumb), Jeff McInnis (Yardbird), Cesar Zapata (The Federal), Cindy Hutson (Ortanique)
Finalists: Cesar Zapata, Cindy Hutson, Jeff McInnis
Winner: Cindy Hutson
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Whisk Gourmet Food and Catering, Estiatorio Milos, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Cooper Avenue, Macchialina Taverna Rustica
Finalists: Macchialina Taverna Rustica, Whisk Gourmet Food and Catering, The Bazaar by José Andrés
Winner: The Bazaar by José Andrés
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Isaac Grillo (HaVen), Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi (The Broken Shaker), Ben Potts (Blackbird Ordinary, Purdy Lounge), Hillary Choo (Bar Centro at the SLS), Sean Singer (Yardbird)
Finalists: Sean Singer, Hillary Choo, Ben Potts
Winner: Hillary Choo
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Juvia, J&G Grill, The Dome Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Zuma, Cecconi's
Finalists: J&G Grill, The Dome, Juvia
Winner: The Dome Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
Best Food Truck
Nominees: Mr. Good Stuff, Ms. Cheezious, gastroPod, Jefe's Original, Dim Ssam a Go Go
Finalists: gastroPod, Mr. Good Stuff, Dim Ssam a Go Go