It’s no secret the Borderstan area is home to some of the most popular restaurants in the city.
During last night’s RAMMY Awards, put on annually by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, six Borderstan-area restaurants took home awards:
- George Pagonis, Kapnos, Rising Culinary Star of the Year
- Bar Pilar, Favorite Gathering Place
- Le Diplomate, Upscale Casual Brunch
- Mintwood Place, Upscale Casual Restaurant
- DGS Delicatessen, Everyday Casual Restaurant
- Iron Gate, Wine Program of the Year
Four of the night’s awards — Favorite Gathering Place, Upscale Casual Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites — were decided by the voting public.
For Bar Pilar co-owner Jonathan Fain, winning an award voted on by the public made the evening feel a little sweeter.
“It’s a big honor,” he says. “It’s nice to feel loved by the entire neighborhood.”
“This one is especially important because two years ago, we went through some really hard times and bounced back from it,” adds Fain. “We’re really excited to still be open.”
The night’s other big winners included Del Campo‘s chef Victor Albisu, who won Chef of the Year, and José Andrés and Rob Wilder, who shared a Restaurateur of the Year award for their collaboration on ThinkFoodGroup.