Welcome to the fifth and final day of voting in Detroit’s 2018 Eater Awards, honoring the most talented restaurant and bar industry gurus in cities across the world. Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will award prizes in multiple categories, including but not limited to Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year.
In each category, editors will choose an Editor’s Choice winner and readers will vote for a Reader’s Choice winner — all to be announced on December 5, 2018. The Reader’s Choice winner gets unlimited bragging rights as an Eater fan favorite. The Editor’s Choice winner will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here.
This year, editors and Eater Detroit contributors decided to do something a little different by recognizing some of the businesses in the area that not only made a mark in 2018 with outstanding food and drinks but also took a stand or made a difference in their communities. The nominees for the Doing It Right award are: community-driven cafe and laundromat the Commons; week-long equitable food industry series Dream Cafe; Folk, an all-day brunch cafe taking a stand on fair wages; and Rocky’s Road Brew, whose proprietor aims to make access to healthier food more accessible in communities of color by serving affordable vegan tacos.
Polls will be open for 24 hours from 10 a.m. on November 30 to 10 a.m. on November 31 and will be strictly policed for funny business. (Please note: If the poll doesn’t appear, try visiting the page directly through the Eater Detroit website.) Which spot had the best drinks and ambiance? Take your pick below.
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