Foodie News- 2011 RAMMY Awards and New DC Area Restaurants


The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced the “RAMMY” 2011 nominations yesterday. Many outside of the restaurant industry are unfamiliar with these awards, but they considered a great honor for those within the industry.  Among this year’s nominees:

  • Upscale Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year finalists: Bibiana, DC; Birch & Barley, DC; The Liberty Tavern, Arlington, VA; Proof, DC; Tabard Inn, DC
  • Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year finalists: Bourbon Steak, DC; Michel Richard Citronelle, DC; Rasika, DC; The Source by Wolfgang Puck, DC; Trummer’s on Main, Clifton, VA.
  • Chef of the Year nominees: Bertrand Chemel – 2941, Falls Church, VA; Todd Gray – Equinox, DC; Haidar Karoum – Proof, DC, Vikram Sunderam – Rasika, DC; Bryan Voltaggio – VOLT, Frederick, MD

About The RAMMYS: Known as the “Oscars of DC area restaurants”, the RAMMY Awards recognize and award excellence and achievement in the DC Metropolitan restaurant industry.  The first Restaurant Awards Gala was held in 1982 and was attended by several dozen industry players. Twenty nine years later, The RAMMY Awards have grown to over 1600 attendees and have served as a benchmark of success and prestige for nominees and RAMMY award winners.

Winners will be announced at the awards gala hosted at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on June 26. Congrats to all the nominees on their well-deserved recognition!

Restaurant Openings:

  • Cava set to open in Clarendon in May (Greek)
  • Pi Pizzeria- District of Pi delays opening until June
  • Graffiato– Mike Isabella’s new restaurant coming this spring
  • Bobby’s Burger Palace still slated to open this spring as well

New Dining Apps:

From PR Newsire: “The Washington, D.C. debut of EveryScape Eats!, a visual dining guide with a free iPhone application and companion website. Capitol area foodies can now peruse the most complete visual restaurant guide by viewing 3D interiors of hundreds of area restaurants with the free Eats! iPhone and iPad application or by visiting”