This afternoon, James Beard Award-nominated food blog Eater revealed the winners of its ninth annual Eater Awards, which celebrates exceptional establishments and stand-out achievements in the food and drink world of 24 major cities, among them, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Philly, New Orleans, NYC, Portland, and Seattle.
According to the site, "The Eater Awards are meant to honor the people who shaped the way we thought about, talked about, and ultimately experienced dining this year." For the 2018 awards, Eater recognized "the restaurants that have become community hubs, the bars that revitalized neighborhoods, the pop-ups that made waves," as well as spotlighting "people who cut through the noise of our social-media feeds, made the case for finding joy at the table, and asked us to ask for more from what we consume."
That's a tall order, but one I can appreciate, especially since their picks for winners of the Seattle Eater Awards are actually pretty good.
Restaurant of the Year: Little Neon Taco, First Hill
The Stranger loves Monica Dimas and we love Neon Taco; we also love Little Neon Taco, the sit-down version of the place that started as a walk-up counter inside of Capitol Hill's Nacho Borracho (and it remains there, too), and opened earlier this year.
Readers' Choice Winner: Homer, Beacon Hill's new, much-buzzed-about Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. Check out the review here.
Chef of the Year: Eric Rivera, Addo in Ballard
Addo is currently serving a How the Grinch Stole Christmas-themed five-course tasting brunch every Sunday at noon through December 30. Yum.
Readers’ Choice Winner: Aarthi Sampath, Kukree
Sampath is the first female Indian chef to win Chopped! and recently bested the Food Network's Bobby Flay on his show Beat Bobby Flay last March. Her food truck with co-founder Shilpi Gupta focuses on healthy preparations of dishes mixing Southeast Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, and American flavors.
Design of the Year: Deep Dive, Denny Triangle
It's inside the Amazon Spheres, which means there's probably a lot of people who don't even know it exists (although the Reader's Choice award, also for Deep Dive, seems to indicate otherwise). Guess it's time we paid it a visit.
Bar of the Year: Dynasty Room, Chinatown-International District
Couldn't agree more on this one—the pop-up craft cocktail bar that appeared in the old Four Seas Restaurant and will remain until it's torn down to make way for a seven-story building—showed up right across the street from my apartment a few months before I moved away from the I.D. I LOVE IT. Here's the piece I wrote about it in June. Charles Mudede also recommended Dynasty Room among his stops for the best places to drink near light rail, and it made our Food & Drink Guide as one of the Best Happy Hours in Seattle with International Flavor.
Readers’ Choice Winner: Supreme Bar.
West Seattle's new(ish) pizza bar touts its New York Style pies. Given the stamp of approval by Stranger freelance food writer Jen Swanson. Read her full review of Supreme here.
Bakery of the Year: Deep Sea Sugar and Salt, Georgetown
Charlie Dunmire's Georgetown cake shop—first run out of an Airstream in Georgetown's Trailer Park mall, currently located in the late Carleton Avenue Grocery space—offers a rotating selection of slices and cupcakes throughout the week. A few sample flavors: The London Fog (Earl Grey cake made with honey and Earl Grey syrup, Bergamot mascarpone cream, cream cheese frosting); S'Mores (graham cracker cake, honey syrup, semi-sweet chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow), and Peach Bourbon (ricotta olive oil cake, bourbon-soaked dark salted caramel and peach, cream cheese frosting).
Readers’ Choice Winner: Lowrider Baking Company
Another Georgetown joint, this one currently located in that Georgetown Trailer Park Mall—its permanent location. Emily Allport's bake shop specializes in cookies instead of cake, with signature flavors that include Brown Butter Triple Chocolate Chunk, Cookies 'N Cream, and Salted Toffee Pecan, along with ever-changing seasonal and rotating flavors.
Check out the full list of all 24 featured cities and their winners on Eater’s website here.