The 2014 Eater Awards for Detroit

November 17, 2014 | Eater Detroit

It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs—to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 24 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them. To recap, Eater's local editors in 24 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team chose one to move forward and the brain trust got together to decide the national winners. Without further ado, here's who came out on top in Detroit. Eater Awards 2014 Restaurant of the Year Nominees: Rock City Eatery, Craft Work, The Root Restaurant and Bar, Revolver, Wright & Company Finalists: The Root Restaurant and Bar, Wright & Company, Rock City Eatery Winner: The Root Restaurant and Bar Chef of the Year Nominees: Nikita Sanches, Andy Hollyday, James Rigato, Kate Williams, Matt Dalton Finalists: James Rigato, Nikita Sanches, Kate Williams Winner: James Rigato So Hot Right Now Nominees: Johnny Noodle King, Rose's Fine Food, Atwater in the Park, Dime Store, La Feria Finalists: Dime Store, La Feria, Johnny Noodle King Winner: Dime Store Bartender of the Year Nominees: Ricky Ruggero, Kaytee Querro, Zan D., Chuck Gellasch, Lola Gegovic Finalists: Zan D., Kaytee Querro, Ricky Rugerro, TK, TK Winner: Zan D. Stone Cold Stunner Nominees: Johnny Noodle King, Top of the Pontch, Rubbed, The Zenith, Bistro 82 Finalists: Bistro 82, Top of the Pontch, The Zenith, Johnny Noodle King Winner: Bistro 82 Bonus Category: Best New Brewery/Distillery Winner: Detroit City Distillery

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