Next Monday, Eater will present the 2013 Eater Awards, our fourth annual celebration of all that's made America's restaurant world run—and run wild—in the past twelve months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, the voting for which begins right now.
Here's how the voting works across the board: Eater editors have named nominees for each of five major categories from restaurants that either opened or moved since November 2012. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.
First up: the voting for Restaurant of the Year. Our five nominees: The Cavalier, Anna Weinberg and Jennifer Puccio's triumphant British power haunt; Coqueta, Michael Chiarello's mega-popular Embarcadero Spanish spot; Ramen Shop, the innovative Rockridge Japanese restaurant that remains white-hot almost a year into its run; Saison, which reaped tons of great national press and two Michelin stars in its first year in SOMA; and Tosca Cafe, the remaking of a North Beach legend that's the first SF venture from the team behind NYC's Spotted Pig. Which restaurant defined dining in 2013? Time to vote:
The polls close at 1 pm PST on Tuesday, November 12. Stay tuned for our votes for Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now, and Stone Cold Stunner as the week rolls on.