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 Detroit.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: The Stand Gastro Bistro, Ottava Via, Torino, The Jefferson House, Marais
Finalists: Ottava Via, Torino, Marais
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Brennan Calnin (Imperial, Public House), Craig Lieckfelt (Guns + Butter), Erika Boyd (Detroit Vegan Soul), Paul Grosz (The Stand Gastro Bistro, Cuisine), Garrett Lipar (Torino)
Finalists: Brennan Calnin, Craig Lieckfelt, Garrett Lipar
Winner: Craig Lieckfelt
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Rock City Eatery, Bistro Joe's, Public House, Revolver, La Feria
Finalists: Public House, Revolver, La Feria
Winner: Public House
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Joe Robinson (Bailout Productions), Shane (Bang) McGrath (The Oakland), Nick Brancaleone (Valentine Vodka), Ian Redmond (Torino), Dave Kwiatkowski (The Sugar House)
Finalists: Shane McGrath, Nick Brancaleone, Dave Kwiatkowski
Winner: Shane McGrath
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: The Stand Gastro Bistro, La Feria, Marais, El Barzon (new covered patio), The Jefferson House
Finalists: The Stand Gastro Bistro, El Barzon, The Jefferson House
Winner: The Jefferson House
Distillery/Brewery of the Year
Winner: Two James Spirits
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