The 2011 RAMMY Noms Are Out

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Last night, in front of a ballroom full of nervous (and slightly tipsy) chefs and restaurateurs, the 2011 RAMMY nominations were announced. As Washington’s answer to the James Beard Awards, the RAMMYs carry some serious clout around these parts. There are a few restaurants that show up a number of times (Bourbon Steak, Citronelle, Equinox), but there are a few dark horses out there like Ted’s Bulletin, The Majestic and Liberty Tavern to round out the competition.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 26th after careful consideration by a panel of judges and as well as you, Joe T. Public. Us laymen will be able to vote in four categories this year: Voter’s Favorite Restaurant, Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene and Power Spot of the Year. Voters will be able to fill out a ballot that will run in the April 28th issue of The Washington City Paper or online. So vote early and often, I guess.

A full list of the RAMMY noms after the jump.

Neighborhood Gathering Place:

  • Bar Pilar
  • EatBar
  • Bastille
  • Perry’s
  • Ted’s Bulletin

Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene:

  • Bourbon Steak
  • Chef Geoff’s Tysons Corner
  • Estadio
  • Masa 14
  • PS7

Power Spot:

  • The Bombay Club
  • Carmine’s
  • Equinox
  • The Palm
  • The Source

Pastry Chef:

  • Fabrice Bendano, Adour
  • Rebekka Baltzell, Restaurant Eve
  • Chris Kujala, ris
  • Tiffany MacIsaac, Neighborhood Restaurant Group
  • Tom Wellings, Equinox

Wine Program:

  • 2941
  • Citronelle
  • Dino
  • Taberna del Alabardero
  • Cork


  • Bourbon Steak
  • Founding Farmers
  • Proof/Estadio
  • Tabard Inn
  • ChurchKey

Upscale Casual:

  • Bibiana
  • Birch & Barley
  • Liberty Tavern
  • Proof
  • Tabard Inn

Fine Dining:

  • Rasika
  • The Source
  • Bourbon Steak
  • Citronelle
  • Trummer’s on Main

New Restaurant:

  • Estadio
  • Kushi
  • Michel by Michel Richard
  • Pizzeria Orso
  • ris

Rising Culinary Star:

  • Will Artley, Evening Star Cafe
  • Kyle Bailey, Birch & Barley
  • Justin Bittner, Bar Pilar
  • Shannon Overmiller, The Majestic
  • Javier Romero, Taberna del Alabardero

Chef of the Year

  • Bertrand Chemel, 2941
  • Todd Gray, Equinox
  • Haidar Karoum, Proof
  • Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
  • Brian Voltaggio, Volt

Ashley Messick

Ashley is a born and bred Washingtonian who left for college but came running back to the District as fast as her little legs could carry her. By day she is a Capitol Hill brat, but by night she is a lean, mean, eating machine. It’s her goal in life to steal Anthony Bourdain’s job…by whatever means necessary. Contact her at Ashley (at) welovedc (dot) com or follow her on Twitter.

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