On Wednesday, November 16 at 8 p.m., Eater will present the 2016 Eater Awards, our seventh annual celebration of all that's made the restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past 12 months in Montreal and beyond. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, and the voting begins right now. The polls are now closed for restaurant of the year, chef of the year, the best designed restaurant, and the best cheap and casual restaurant in Montreal. Decide in the poll below.
Eligible restaurants must have either opened or significantly overhauled their bar program in the last 12 months. The nominees are Candide, where young-but-worldly sommelier Emily Campeau put together an adventurous wine list with service that makes out-there wine accessible to the uninitiated. At Laurier’s M.Mme, chef Stelio Perombelon’s menu is completed with an immense cellar and a veritable herd of sommeliers — and quantity doesn’t sacrifice quality, instead allowing for new tours of discovery on return visits. Chez Lavigne in St-Henri has a small but solid list of biodynamic “living wines” selected by Steve Beauséjour, exploring intriguing new terroirs — including Quebec. Given that Moleskine came from the people behind wine bar Pullman, and top sommelier Véronique Dalle is on the floor, its tight list, skewing towards old world but natural wines, is unsurprisingly a success. Finally, in a year of strong restaurant wine games, true to its Haitian theme, Jen Agg and Roland Jean’s Agrikol went for rum (specifically, Barbancourt rum), pouring out classics (Ti Ponch) and on-point new creations (the Mant is a standout).
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Montreal for each of five major categories. Editors will pick winners from the nominees, and readers will vote to award one nominee in each category with a readers’ choice award. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.