Welcome to the 9th annual Eater Awards, honoring the most talented restaurant and bar industry gurus in cities across the world. Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will grant prizes in multiple categories, including but not limited to Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year. The Awards focus solely on restaurants that opened over the past year, including the tail end of 2017 after the previous Eater Awards nominations closed.
In each category there will be an editor’s choice winner (chosen by the editorial staff of each Eater site) and a reader’s choice winner (chosen by poll) — all to be announced on December 5, 2018. The reader’s choice winner gets unlimited bragging rights as an Eater fan favorite. The editor’s choice winner will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here.
And that’s not all: Over the course of the coming year, stay tuned for features highlighting what makes each of the editor’s choice winners so great.
Now, without further ado, it’s time to vote for the reader’s choice winner in the Bakery of the Year category. Come back each day this week to vote in two more categories. Polls will be open for 24 hours and will be strictly policed for funny business. Here are the nominees in no particular order, with links to more information:
- Deep Sea Sugar and Salt, an artful cake bakery that recently upgraded from Airstream trailer to permanent shop in Georgetown.
- Nutty Squirrel, who, with fellow gelato company Fainting Goat, has a new line of decadent European pastries.
- Lowrider Baking Company, a creative cookie shop that has stepped up from pop-ups and farmers markets to a retail space in the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.
- Grand Central Bakery, the 29-year-old classic with a fresh cafe in Wedgwood and further growth on the horizon.
- Raised Doughnuts, a fanciful doughnut pop-up that graduated to a permanent home in the Central District.
Cast your vote for Bakery of the Year now; the poll closes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 1: