The RAMW’s annual RAMMY Awards are fast-approaching! Between now and April 30, area residents can vote for their favorite restaurants.

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) has revealed the finalists for the annual RAMMY Awards (the top honor in the local area restaurant scene), which will take place in June. Each year, food critics and the "who’s who" of the food industry determine which area restaurants are the best in town -- and never fear: the public also has a say in four of the categories! The awards ceremony for the highly sought-after RAMMY award has become a red carpet event. This year’s RAMMY Awards Ceremony will go down on June 10 and will include a reception, dinner, and dancing. In total, the RAMMY Awards recognizes excellence in 21 different categories as well as in two special achievement groupings. This year, the public can vote for restaurants nominated in four categories: Upscale Brunch, Casual Brunch, Fast Bites, and Favorite Gathering Place. Here are some of the finalists: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
  • Bar Charley
  • Cheesetique -- Shirlington
  • Fare Well
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • The Daily Dish
Upscale Brunch of the Year:
  • Osteria Morini
  • Seasons
  • Sfoglina
  • The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Casual Restaurant of the Year:
  • Daikaya
  • Duke’s Grocery
  • Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern
  • Royal
  • Timber Pizza Company
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:
  • Centrolina
  • Clarity
  • Iron Gate
  • Maketto
  • Sushi Taro
Casual Brunch of the Year:
  • Ambar Capitol Hill
  • Ari’s Diner
  • Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern
  • Maketto
  • Vinoteca
Favorite Fast Bites of the Year:
  • G by Mike Isabella
  • Moby Dick House of Kabob
  • Shouk
  • Stomping Ground
  • Taco Bamba Taqueria
Cocktail Program of the Year:
  • Bar Charley
  • barmini by José Andrés
  • Espita Mezcaleria
  • Petworth Citizen and Reading Room
  • Royal
Beer Program of the Year:
  • Brasserie Beck
  • Owen’s Ordinary
  • Republic
  • Roofers Union
  • The Sovereign
Wine Program of the Year:
  • Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen
  • Le Diplomate
  • Trummer’s on Main
View the full list of nominations and vote for your favorite in each category here, through April 30. While a RAMMY Award is widely recognized, only members of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington are eligible for nomination. In addition, restaurants cannot be nominated in the same category for five years. The June 10 awards ceremony will be a classy event. The 2018 RAMMYs will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center downtown, beginning at 5 p.m. with an opening reception, followed by the 6 p.m. awards ceremony, gourmet dinner by top chefs, and ballroom dancing until 11 p.m. Tickets are $325 per person and available online. What’s your favorite restaurant? Which restaurants would you like to see win a RAMMY? Which restaurants do you think should have been finalists? Tell us in the comments!

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