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. 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 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 Miami.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Swine Southern Table & Bar, Tongue & Cheek, The Cypress Room, PB Steak, Eating House
Finalists: Tongue & Cheek, Eating House, Swine Southern Table & Bar
Winner: Tongue & Cheek
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Jamie DeRosa, Dena Marino, Roel Alcudia, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Jose Mendin
Finalists: Jamie DeRosa, Dena Marino, Giorgio Rapicavoli
Winner: Dena Marino
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Lippi, The District Miami, Huahua's Taqueria, Area 31, Semilla Eatery & Bar
Finalists: Lippi, The District Miami, Huahua's Taqueria
Winner: The District Miami
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Julio Cabrera, Gabriel Orta, Liko Miles, Michael Parish, Elad Zvi
Finalists: Liko Miles, Julio Cabrera, Elad Zvi
Winner: Julio Cabrera
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Lippi, Bar Crudo, Swine Southern Table & Bar, Restaurant Michael Schwartz, Cipriani Downtown
Finalists: Restaurant Michael Schwartz, Bar Crudo, Lippi
Winner: Restaurant Michael Schwartz
Saddest Closure of the Year
Winner: Acme Bakery & Coffee
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