It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, etc.—to announce the winners of the 2012 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 19 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the country. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them.
To recap, Eater's local editors in 19 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team chose the winner. Our Eater National brain trust then got together to decide the national winners for those categories. In addition to these main stage winners, said Eater editorial team has named worthy winners in more specialized categories, for myriad notable achievements.
Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for packages containing cans of Italian peeled tomatoes.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National. And now, without further ado, the winners in Charleston.
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: FIG, Husk, The Grocery, The Macintosh, Two Boroughs Larder
Finalists: The Grocery, The Macintosh, Two Boroughs Larder
Winner: The Macintosh
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Jeremiah Bacon, Sean Brock, Robert Carter, Craig Deihl, Joshua Keeler
Finalists: Jeremiah Bacon, Sean Brock, Joshua Keeler
Winner: Joshua Keeler
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Bon Banh Mi, Butcher & Bee, Carter's Kitchen, Stars Rooftop and Grill Room, Xiao Bao Biscuit
Finalists: Butcher & Bee, Carter's Kitchen, Stars Rooftop and Grill Room
Winner: Stars Rooftop and Grill Room
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: John Aquino, Jackson Holland, Brooks Reitz, Joey Ryan, Roderick Hale Weaver
Finalists: Jackson Holland, Brooks Reitz, Roderick Hale Weaver
Winner: Brooks Reitz
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: FIG, McCrady's, The Macintosh, Stars Rooftop and Grill Rooftop, Two Boroughs Larder
Finalists: McCrady's, The Macintosh, Two Boroughs Larder