Borderstan Restaurants, Bars Sweep RAMMY Nominations

by March 21, 2013 at 8:00 am 0


The RAMMY nominations are in. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington‘s annual RAMMY awards will take place on June 23. And on Tuesday night, the nominees for this year’s dining scene categories were announced at the Hamilton.

Old and new Borderstan restaurants, bars, chefs and managers received a handful of nominations — Blue Duck Tavern, Bar Pilar, Birch & Barley/Churchkey and Estadio were among some of the most popular in a variety of categories.

Borderstan’s RAMMY Nominees

  • Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th Street NW): Borderstan’s Kim Vu visited Blue Duck Tavern and raved about the wood oven roasted bone marrow, seared foie gras and glazed sweetbreads. This border-line “West End” restaurant is clearly favored by a lot of District diners. It was nominated for Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year, Rising Culinary Star of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Manager of the Year.
  • Birch and Barley/Churchkey (1337 14th Street NW): Another favorite among the categories is Birch and Barley/Churchkey. This Logan Circle restaurant and beer haven picked-up nominations for Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year and Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year. In addition, its parent group, Neighborhood Restaurant Group, picked up a nomination for Restaurateur of the Year.
  • Bar Pilar (1833 14th Street NW): Perhaps it’s Bar Pilar’s dim and intimate setting. Or maybe it’s the craft beers, small plates and delicious cocktails. Whatever it is, Bar Pilar is a District staple. It’s nominated for Casual Restaurant of the Year and Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year.
  • Estadio (1520 14th Street NW): Estadio’s owner is brining a new restaurant to the neighborhood, but Estadio is still raking in the praise from DC’s diners. This 14th Street tapas favorite was nominated for Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year and Manager of the Year.
  • Cork Wine Bar (1720 14th Street NW): Nominated for Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year.
  • C. F. Folks (1225 19th Street NW): Nominated for Casual Restaurant of the Year.
  • Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U Street NW): Nominated for Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year.
  • Boqueria (1837 M Street NW): Nominated for New Restaurant of the Year.
  • DGS Delicatessen (1317 Connecticut Avenue NW): Nominated for New Restaurant of the Year.
  • Vidalia (1990 M Street NW): Nominated for Pastry Chef of the Year.
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St NW): Nominated for Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year.
  • Black Restaurant Group: Nominated for Manager of the Year.
  • Matchbox Food Group: Nominated for Restaurateur of the Year.

For a full list of the RAMMY nominees, visit the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s website.

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