On Monday, November 16, Eater will celebrate all that's made restaurant scenes buzz across 24 Eater sites in 2015. It's a little something we like to call—drumroll, trumpets, gongs—the sixth annual Eater Awards. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, and the voting begins now. First up: Restaurant of the Year.
Here's a primer on the nominees. Syrian restaurant Damas was the comeback kid of 2015, and garnered raves from every major critic in the city. Refined snack bar Landry & Filles was arguably the surprise hit of 2015, and proved, once more, that food trucks can make the brick-and-mortar jump with aplomb. In a city choked with tartare, pizza, and ramen, Lavanderia, Antonio Park's meaty ode to the parrillas of his South American childhood, was a breath of fresh, binchotan charcoal redolent, air. Charming, offal-loving Lili Co. took a risk when it moved from the Plateau to Mile End, but got even better in the process. Finally, Montréal Plaza, one of the most anticipated restaurants of 2015, sprouted, in part, from the singular mind of Charles-Antoine Crête, Toqué!'s brilliant, former chef de cuisine. With that, Montreal, enjoy a photo gallery of the nominees, and cast your vote for the best new restaurant of the year.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in 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.