On Monday, November 16, Eater will present the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the Charleston restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past 12 months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, and the voting begins right now. First up: Restaurant of the Year. Cast your vote for this year’s top restaurant below.
Minero was an instant favorite when it opened last October. Chef Sean Brock's Lowcountry-meets-Mexican concept was so popular, a second location has already opened in Atlanta. Small plate emporium Spero was the sleeper hit of the year. Co-owners Rob Laudicina and RJ Moody created a casual dining room to serve high-end menu items that has won over all the critics and food-obsessed crowds. East Bay Street space 167 Raw brought a much needed taste of Nantucket to Charleston. Chef Sean Rieflin's lobster roll is the sandwich that launched a thousand Instagrams. Artisan Meat Share made everyone rethink the humble meat on bread. R. Kitchen offered affordable, multi-course meals to the Lowcountry. This tiny restaurant consistently packed the house nightly.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Charleston for each of five major categories. 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.