Around Town: Vote for Your Favorite Restaurant @ The Rammys, Thru 4/30/19

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Ambar accepts the Rammy Award for Casual Brunch of the Year on June 10, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington will announce The Rammy Awards on June 30! Meanwhile, the voting public will decide the winners in four categories. Cast your votes online for those categories through Tuesday, April 30 at 5pm.

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Around Town: RAMMY Awards @ Washington Convention Center — 6/10/18

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who opposes DC Initiative 77, presents at the RAMMY Awards on June 10, 2018.

Some of the best and the brightest received recognition lately from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) at the annual RAMMY Awards, held as a black tie gala at the Washington Convention Center.

While the lavish awards program was the focus of the day, many awardees and the association itself spoke in opposition to DC Initiative 77, which would eliminate tipped wages at restaurants in favor of a universal wage by 2026 if enacted in a vote on Tuesday, June 19.

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Around Town: No Mike Isabella @ RAMMY Awards, 6/10/18

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The reception at RAMMY Awards in 2017 (Photo courtesy RAMW)

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced yesterday the revocation of two nominations for restaurants owned by Chef Mike Isabella for the RAMMY Awards on June 10 at the Washington Convention Center in the wake of recent sexual harassment charges against him and other members of his leadership team.

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Don’t Miss: RAMMY Awards @ Washington Convention Center — 6/10/18

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Rose Previte, owner of Compass Rose, accepts the award for Best Casual Restaurant of the Year with her team at the 2017 RAMMY Awards on July 30, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Restaurant industry professionals gathered Monday at The Hamilton Live to hear the list of finalists for the 2018 RAMMY Awards, announced by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). The winners will ultimately receive recognition at the black-tie RAMMY Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center on Sunday, June 10.

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Around Town: RAMMY Awards @ Washington Convention Center — 7/30/17

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Rose Previte, owner of Compass Rose, accepts the award for Best Casual Restaurant of the Year with her team at the 2017 RAMMY Awards on July 30, 2017.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington CEO Kathy Hollinger launched the 35th annual RAMMY Awards with an eloquent description of how DC has become a true dining destination in the past decade, a description that was more than ably demonstrated by 20 award recipients recognized by the association Sunday night at the Washington Convention Center.

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Don’t Miss: 2017 RAMMY Awards Gala @ Washington Convention Center, 7/30/17

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Erik Bruner-Yang, above, competes in the DC Central Kitchen Capital Food Fight in 2013. Erik is a finalist in Chef of the Year for the 2017 RAMMY Awards. (Photo by DC Central Kitchen)

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington presents the 2017 RAMMY Awards at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sunday, July 30! You can buy a ticket to this black-tie gala and enjoy the finest food and drink in DC during 20 awards presentations, including Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year. Buy your tickets online!

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Food Park: Voting for RAMMY Awards Thru 4/28/15

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The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington has been holding an open ballot for the public to vote on four categories for restaurants receiving RAMMY Awards, and voting closes at midnight tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28.

Anyone can visit the Washington City Paper at http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/food/rammys/ to vote in the four categories of Favorite Gathering Place, Upscale Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites.

Here are the categories and nominees for each as well as our pick to win (feel free to make our pick your own!):

The finalists for Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
• Bar Pilar (1833 14th St. NW, DC)
• Cashion’s Eat Place (1819 Columbia Rd. NW, DC)
• ChurchKey (1337 14th St. NW #2, DC)
• Et Voila! (5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW, DC)
• Evening Star Café (2000 Mt Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.)

Our pick: Bar Pilar. We are kinda partial to places that honor Ernest Hemmingway in addition to being centrally located and all around cozy.

The finalists for Favorite Fast Bites:
• Cava Grill – Bethesda Row (4832 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md.)
• DCity Smokehouse (8 Florida Ave. NW, DC)
• G by Mike Isabella (2201 14th St. NW, DC)
• Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza – Friendship Heights (4940 Wisconsin Ave. NW, DC)
• Red Apron Butcher – Union Market (1309 5th St. NE, DC)

Our pick: DCity Smokehouse. How can you say no to the absolute best BBQ in the city?

The finalists for Upscale Casual Brunch of the Year:
• Birch & Barley (1337 14th St. NW, DC)
• Kapnos – DC (2201 14th St. NW, DC)
• Le Diplomate (1601 14th St. NW, DC)
• The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm (42461 Lovettsville Rd., Lovettsville, Va.)
• Seasons at The Four Seasons (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC)

Our pick: Le Diplomate. Le Diplomate is le delicious. (We know that’s not proper French, but we do love the place.)

The finalists for Everyday Casual Brunch of the Year:
• Beuchert’s Saloon (623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, DC)
• The Daily Dish (8301A Grubb Rd., Silver Spring, Md.)
• DGS Delicatessen (1317 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC)
• Duke’s Grocery (1513 17th St. NW, DC)
• The Liberty Tavern (3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.)

Our pick: Duke’s Grocery. Not only do they have one of the most impressive burgers in the city, but the proper English breakfast is absolutely, devastatingly yummy.

The Restaurant Association will announce winners at the 33rd Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, June 7, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.