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DC Dining Fanatics – Feast on the RAMMY Award Finalists for 2017

by Prince Of Petworth April 4, 2017 at 9:30 am 33 Comments

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What’s up Brookland’s Finest and Petworth Citizen?!?!?!?!!

From a press release:

“The finalists for the 2017 RAMMY Awards (Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington) are:

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: This nominee is a restaurant rooted in its neighborhood where guests come to eat, drink, and get together with friends repeatedly. The great atmosphere and good vibes are as important as the food and drink. The nominee must have been open for at least 2 years prior to December 31, 2016.

Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen

The Front Porch at Evening Star Cafe

Lauriol Plaza

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Petworth Citizen & Reading Room

Cocktail Program of the Year: The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its craft cocktail program, evaluated separately from its beer, wine or other beverages. Nominees may be bars, restaurants, or any foodservice establishment with an exemplary cocktail program. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2016.

barmini by José Andrés

Indique

Iron Gate

Kapnos by Mike Isabella

Royal

 

Beer Program of the Year: The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its beer program. Brewery restaurants and brew pubs are eligible for this category and will be judged based on the diversity and quality of their craft beer. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2016.

B Side

District Commons

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Republic

Roofers Union

Many more categories after the jump.

Upscale Brunch of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of dining excellence and service for its brunch in an upscale environment. Brunch may be offered as full-service, buffet, or prix fixe. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 31, 2016.

Convivial

Del Campo

Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

 

Casual Brunch of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a dedication to dining excellence, service and value in a casual environment for brunch. Brunch may be offered as full-service, buffet, or prix fixe. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2016.

Cava Mezze – Capitol Hill

DGS Delicatessen

Maketto

Republic

Sixth Engine

 

Favorite Fast Bites of the Year: This nominee is a delicatessen, quick-serve restaurant, mobile food vendor, or coffee shop (with food menu) that demonstrates a dedication to good food and good service in a fast-casual environment. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2016.

Beefsteak

Cava Grill

Chase the Submarine

G by Mike Isabella

Taco Bamba Taqueria

 

Wine Program of the Year: The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its wine program. The nominee’s wine program best suits the cuisine and style of the restaurant while enhancing the dining experience. Wine bars are eligible for this category and will be judged based on the diversity and quality of their offerings. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2016.

BOURBON STEAK

Charlie Palmer Steak

Doi Moi

Fiola

minibar by José Andrés

 

Employee of the Year: The nominee is a non-managerial front or back of the house employee who serves as a model employee by displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.

Noe Alfaro, Republic

Heather Berry, Bar Pilar

Joseph Cassis, PassionFish Bethesda

David Perry, RIS

David Trezevant, Carmine’s Family Style Italian Restaurant

Manager of the Year: The nominee is a non-owner manager or general manager in the food service industry who displays the highest level of professionalism and leadership. This person must be an inspiration and mentor to all his/her co-workers displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.

Julio Amador, Cork Wine Bar

Christine Gibson, Iron Gate

John Grace, The Hamilton

Matthew McQuilkin, Pizzeria Paradiso

Margaret Perry, Kyirisan

 

Service Program of the Year: This nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of excellence in service across the restaurant – from the reservation process, to the host station, to every element of the dining experience. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2016.

The Bombay Club

minibar by José Andrés

Ripple

RIS

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

 

Pastry Chef of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant pastry chef who prepares desserts and baked goods and demonstrates a high standard of excellence and culinary artistry. The nominee serves as an inspiration to other food professionals. The nominee must have been a pastry chef for the past five years with a minimum of two years based in the Metropolitan Washington area.

Mollie Bird, Kyirisan

Jemil Gadea, Masseria

Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop

Brandon Malzahn, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants

Erin Reed, Blue Duck Tavern

 

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: The nominee is an “up and coming” chef who demonstrates exemplary talent, shows leadership and promise for the future. The nominee must have been based in the Metropolitan Washington area for a minimum of two years.

Sasha Felikson, Doi Moi

Ryan Ratino, Ripple

Miranda Rosenfelt, Sally’s Middle Name

Rob Rubba, Hazel

Piter & Handry Tjan, Kōbō and Sushiko

 

Casual Restaurant of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a dedication to dining excellence, service and value in a casual environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2016.

Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen

Daikaya

The Daily Dish

Duke’s Grocery

Mandu, 18th Street

 

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of dining excellence and service in an upscale casual environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2016.

Central Michel Richard

Indique

Iron Gate

Proof

The Red Hen

 

New Restaurant of the Year: A restaurant that must have opened between December 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016 and already distinguishes itself as a pacesetter in food, beverage and service.

All Purpose

Hazel

Kōbō

Requin

Whaley’s

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of excellence in food, service and atmosphere and shows dedication to sophisticated culinary techniques in a fine dining environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2016.

Fiola Mare

minibar by José Andrés

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Sushi Taro

Trummer’s On Main

 

Chef of the Year: The nominee is an executive chef or chef de cuisine who demonstrates consistent standards of culinary excellence. The nominee displays a dedication to the artistry of food and may be from any type of establishment. The nominee must have been a chef for the past five years with a minimum of two years based in the Metropolitan Washington area.

Amy Brandwein, Centrolina

Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto, Paper Horse

Austin Fausett, Proof

Katsuya Fukushima, Bantam King, Daikaya and Haikan

Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: This nominee is a food or beverage artisan who creates a product that is then utilized by chefs and restaurants. Nominees in this category may be cheese makers, coffee roasters, vintners, brewers, distillers, bread bakers, chocolatiers, honey producers, farmers, an ice cream/gelato company and many more. When the artisan is a restaurant or restaurant group, the products created must be utilized by chefs and/or restaurants outside of the maker’s restaurant group. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 31, 2016.

Atlas Brew Works

DC Brau Brewing Company

Logan Sausage

New Columbia Distillers/Green Hat

Right Proper Brewing Company

 

Restaurateur of the Year: The nominee must be a working restaurateur or restaurant group who sets high standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for a minimum of 5 years in the Metropolitan Washington area.

Ari Gejdenson, Mindful Restaurants

Ike Grigoropoulos, Dimitri Moshovitis, Ted Xenochristos and Brett Schulman, Cava Group, Inc.

The Kuller Family, Fat Baby Inc.

Jamie Leeds, JL Restaurant Group

Daisuke Utagawa, Katsuya Fukushima and Yama Jewayni, Daikaya Group

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: The award is presented to an associate member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of RAMW. This award recipient is determined by RAMW’s Executive Committee.

Acme Paper & Supply Co.

Coastal Sunbelt Produce

DC Brau Brewing Company

USI Insurance Services

The Veritas Law Firm

 

The winners will be announced at the 35th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The RAMMYS

Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine since 2009, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: Its restaurants.”

  • Kingman Park

    Do I sense more hate for Lauriol Plaza coming?
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    Lauriol has my vote!

  • dcgator

    If anyone can explain Lauriol Plaza (take that however you’d like) to me, I’d love to hear it.

    • samanda_bynes

      for a gathering place? decent food, generally good service and plenty of seating. seems to make sense to me!

    • maxwell smart

      I mean, I guess it’s a good gathering place for people from MD and VA?

    • dcd

      They have to spread the love around. The category in which it’s nominated is “Favorite Gathering Place of the Year” and part of the criteria is that “the great atmosphere and good vibes are as important as the food and drink.” Aside from the quibble that clearly the atmosphere and vibes are MORE important than the food, there’s no denying that it’s a favorite – it’s always (albeit inexplicably) packed.
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      That’s all I got.

    • MadMax

      These awards basically go to the highest bidders each year. There’s not generally a whole lot of merit to them, but it sure does get the industry folks excited for a bit.

      • Michael Pierce

        +1. The Rammys have always been more about industry people feeling better about themselves than helping customers find the best places to eat/drink.

    • PettyShabazz

      They have great prices for large quantities of margaritas, they have a lot of space and are centrally located and the food is decent enough for the pricepoint. As a DC resident I went there often to :gather” with my friends and that’s what this place is known for and has been nominated as such. Totally don’t get the lauriol hate

  • First Time Caller

    I picked up food a few weeks ago at Brookland’s Finest and it dawned on me how much that place epitomizes the neighborhood family bar/restaurant, given the diverse clientele, the families, the people on dates, the folks just watching the game at the bar, etc. I’m happy to see that at least someone else had the same thought, even if the place is imperfect.

    • kwame

      I honestly want to love this place and am happy for their nomination as you are correct in them epitomizing a neighborhood spot but I have been on at least 6 occasions now and have yet to be impressed by anything I’ve ordered.

      • Something Like Anonanon

        Really? I have yet to be disappointed!

        • Kingman Park

          I have to agree with Kwame. I have been at least half a dozen times because I want to like it. But the bloody Mary’s are wayyy too spicy and the food is overpriced. Also, this place is the only restaurant in the entire city that only serves one egg with their benedict, but charges the same as any other place that serves the usual two.

  • Brookland mom

    I am so happy for brooklands finest!!!! We go there at least every two weeks (probably more) with our daughter. It’s the perfect neighborhood spot. She runs to the spot with the crayons and coloring books every time! they are so welcoming, and the food is great.

    • Brookland Dad

      Ditto. Love Brookland’s Finest! Perfect neighborhood gathering place.

  • lmfb

    Surprised that Boundary Stone isn’t on the list

    • PettyShabazz

      Food’s terrible

  • k8

    I totally do not understand the love for Petworth Citizen. The servers are unfriendly, the food is so-so and the decor can’t decide if it wants to be fancy or divey. I live in the neighborhood and would be there all the time if it had a more welcoming vibe.

    • MadMax

      I go for Chantal’s reading room features in the back which are always really nice, the main bar itself I didn’t care for.

      • k8

        Good tip! Thanks.

    • saf

      You forgot a few of my problems with the place –

      Many screaming children running around.
      Bartenders hostile.
      Food very slow.
      Very noisy.

  • timmyp

    I’m still surprised Brookland’s Finest gets this much love. The food is not good. It’s sub par every time I’ve been there. It does have a good atmosphere and I usually have good service so I understand locals wanting to go there but the food in my opinion is usually bland or not cooked well.

    That being said I’d take it all day of Petworth Citizen. It’s pretty much the 6th or 7th best restaurant on Upshur at this point ahead of only Slim’s.

    I agree with Samanda Bynes assessment of Lauriol. Yeah it’s your basic greasy Mexican fare but it is exactly what you think it is. It tastes fine, not expensive and is a pretty good place to meet with a big group of people. Most of my friends are born and raised in DC so it’s not just MD and VA people in for the weekend that would agree that Lauriol and Cactus are great go-to places especially with the amount of kids we generally have in tow.

    Pearl Dive is a pretty good pick too but not as accessible on nice days.

    • Two Brookland’s

      Sure you’re not confusing Brookland’s Finest with Brookland Pint? Your description more aptly fits the latter rather than the former which my family and love, and go to once a week.

      • Brookland Dad

        I’m too am not sure I understand the criticism of Brookland’s Finest. It’s not Red Hen, nor do I think it wants to be Red Hen — if folks are drive across town looking for a destination restaurant, Brookland’s Finest may not entirely meet the bill. Instead, it’s an awesome neighborhood restaurant with really good food and great variety for a neighborhood spot. Someone above complained about prices — it seems everyone wants big chain prices at locally owned places, but with better quality than those chains. I’m just not sure folks’ desired prices are practical as food costs have increased, and I think Brookland’s Finest is overall reasonable compared to alternatives.

        Looking at Brookland’s Finest as a neighborhood spot, I’m curious what places folks would rank higher for similar quality and value (although we do seem to have additional good options in Brookland). I, for one, love that blocks from my house I can have a really good burger one night and a really, really good octopus risotto for under $20 two nights later. I also love that I am equally comfortable going with my family or sitting at the bar and eating alone — and having a drink or two whether alone or with the family. That to me is what makes Brookland’s Finest special and very deserving of the nomination.

        • timmyp

          I am referring to Brookland’s Finest not Brookland Pint, which in my opinion is much better. As I’d said it’s a nice neighborhood atmosphere but the food is not good. I’m not looking for it to be Red Hen but I am expecting it to taste decent. Sorry, just my opinion. Steel Plate’s food is much better and I’d say similarly priced.

          • Brookland Dad

            Got it and all fair. Brookland’s Finest is closest to me, so that certainly factors into my preference. I like Brookland Pint too — I find Brookland Pint is very consistent and generally hits the spot. If I were just going for a burger or sandwich or snacks like nachos, I may actually pick Brookland Pint over Brookland’s Finest, but I think Brookland’s Finest’s specials and high-end stuff (like the octopus risotto) beats the options at Brookland Pint. I like Steel Plate too — I find the menu be hit or miss though. My favorite things there are among my favorites in the neighborhood (not counting Nido in Woodridge which actually has my favorite food in the greater neighborhood), but I’ve also had other things that were very disappointing. I like that the menu is the most adventurous, but that typically means some hits and misses — I’m happy to take the misses with the hits because I agree some of the hits are really, really good.

            Overall, I’m very happy we can have this debate about the top choices in our neighborhood because there are so many very good choices. (Perhaps unsurprisingly given my love for the neighborhood food scene, I’m also a big fan of Menomale and Salumeria, and excited to try the savory options at the Bakers’ Lounge. Primrose and Indigo, when they open, will only add to our riches. )

  • Thirsty_at_Work

    Beer Me Too!

  • Elvis’s Mom

    Woo-hoo Buttercream’s Tiffany!!!

  • N

    Taco Bamba should win but this town is down right obsessed with Cava Grill

    • MadMax

      Yeah but many people in “this town” have never been or never will go to Taco Bamba because of the location. Including Virginia establishments is basically throwing a bone to milk more advertising money out of them.

  • JKL

    If you’re perplexed as to why your favorite restaurant or bar isn’t nominated – but is popular, gets a lot of acclaim and is overall really great – it is likely because they are not a member of RAMW, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. Restaurants choose to be (or not be) members of the association and if they aren’t, they aren’t in the running for awards. I don’t know what percentage of area restaurants are members. I think it’s a pretty good chunk but certainly not everyone.

    • Anon

      Yea, I think it’s more of a RAMW circle jerk than anything else (NTTAWWT). Though I’m always down for a good party!

  • Anon

    Does anyone outside of industry actually pay attention to these? From what I gather, it’s more of an insiders party/convention more so than anything else.

  • Kingman Park

    Can Argonaut be awarded posthumously?

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