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Here Are the Finalists for the 2019 RAMMY Awards - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Mar 13,2019
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,

The standing-only counters in the kitchen at Spoken English. Photograph by Scott Suchman

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WASHINGTON, DC. - It's that time again. Last night, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washingtonian announced the finalists for its annual RAMMY Awards, recognizing the food and drink scene’s top names (with a few big asterisks). Among the contenders with at least three nominations: Daikaya Group, chef Victor Albisu‘s restaurants (Taco Bamba and Poca Madre), chef Erik Bruner-Yang‘s restaurants (Maketto, Spoken English), Trummer’s on Main, and The Source by Wolfgang Puck.

If many of the nominees don’t seem particularly current, that’s because of the many award rules. For starters, finalists must be paying members of the restaurant association. And even if they are, winners are not eligible to be finalists in the same category for five years. Plus, many of the categories stipulate that restaurants must have been open for at least a year or two to qualify.

In particular, the list of fine-dining nominees (Blue Duck Tavern, Bourbon Steak, The Source, Rasika, Trummer’s on Main) could have been the same any year within the past decade. Notably missing because because RAMMY rules disqualify them: Minibar (last year’s winner), Pineapple and Pearls (not a RAMW member), and Del Mar (too new).

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