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. The polls are closed for restaurant of the year, chef of the year, and bartender of the year. Today we focus on restaurants that are burning up (not literally, of course, this city has seen quite enough of that). Which Montreal restaurant is So Hot Right Now?
Here's a primer on the nominees. Provisions replaced a restaurant near and dear to a lot of people's hearts, Le Van Horne, and has garnered strong buzz for its freewheeling, ingredient-driven cuisine. Downtown stunner Soubois has smashed through the supper club glass ceiling, thanks in no small part to chef Guillaume Daly's focus on wild edibles. After fire damage forced Pintxo to close last April, Miguel Aguilar revived his Spanish-Basque restaurant on the Plateau's bustling Mont-Royal strip. Everything about Le Fantôme is fascinating: the unlikely Quartier du Canal digs, the Griffintown ghost story that inspired its name, and, most of all perhaps, chef Jason Morris's approach to market cuisine. Finally, if Antonin Mousseau-Rivard plates like an artist, that's no surprise. Before the chef opened Le Mousso, he ran the restaurant inside the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal—and just happens to be the son of actress Katerine Mousseau, singer Michel Rivard, and the grandson of painter Jean-Paul Mousseau, and actress Dyne Mousso. Enjoy a photo gallery of the nominees, and cast your vote below.
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.