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Golden Foodie Awards Announces 2013 Nominees

IMG_1189The nominees are in for the Golden Foodie Awards!

Presented by the OC Restaurant Association, this annual event celebrating and recognizing outstanding OC chefs and restaurants will be held September 29 at The Fairmont Newport Beach.

The event starts with a red carpet entrance followed by food stations and libations, and the awards ceremony, when the winners of some two dozen categories from best bartender to best burger will be announced.

Invited guests include Heather Dubrow and Vicki Gunvalson from The Real Housewives of Orange County, Wing Lam of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, COO of the Anaheim Ducks Tim Ryan, and many more.

The Off the Menu OC team will be there again this year to cover the event.

More than 100,000 votes were tabulated to narrow the list of Golden Foodie nominees down to three finalists in each category.

Here is the list of nominees, with our picks (or guesses) on the winners:


Best Mixologist:

Dave Castillo, 320 Main

Koire Rogers, Arc Food & Libations

Forrest Taylor, Scott’s Restaurant & Bar

Our pick: Koire Rogers


Best Happy Hour:

Mozambique Restaurant

Wildfish Seafood Grille

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Our pick: The Winery


Best Cocktails:


320 Main

Uva Bar

Our pick: 320 Main


Indian Cuisine:

Clay Oven

Royal Khyber

Tamarind of London

Our pick: Tamarind


Best Seafood:

House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer


Wildfish Seafood Grille

Our pick: Wildfish


Best Asian Cuisine:

AnQi by Crustacean

Bamboo Bistro

Bluefin Sushi

Our pick: AnQi


Best Sushi:

Bluefin Sushi

Riptide Rockin’ Sushi

Sushi Noguchi

Our pick: Bluefin


Best Burger:

Deemer’s Grill

Mick’s Karma Bar

Slater’s 50/50

Our pick: Tie between Deemer’s and Slaters


Best Beer:


Provisions Market

Slater’s 50/50

Our pick: Provisions


Best Mediterranean:

Kentro Greek Kitchen


Zov’s Bistro

Our pick: LUCCA


Best Pizza:

Fuoco PIzzeria

Il Dolce Pizzeria

Pizzeria Ortica

Our pick: Ortica


Best Italian Cuisine:

Anaheim White House

Antonello’s Ristorante

Bruno’s Trattoria

Our pick: Anaheim White House


Best Food Writer:

Anita Lau

Cathy Thomas

Minerva Thai

Our pick: Three way tie!


Best Vegetarian Cuisine:

118 Degrees


True Food Kitchen

Our pick: 118 Degrees


Best Steak:

Maro Wood Grill

The Ranch Restaurant

Steakhouse 55

Our pick: The Ranch


Best Mexican Cuisine:

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

The Matador

Sol Cocina

Best Mexican: Tie between Cha Cha’s and SOL


Best Tacos:


Mi Casa

Sol Cocina

Our pick: SOL


Best French Cuisine:

Brasserie Pascal

Marche Moderne

Pinot Provence

Our pick: Brasserie Pascal by a nose over Marche Moderne


Best Wine List:

The Ranch Restaurant

SeaLegs Wine Bar

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Our pick: The Winery


Best Californian Cuisine:

SeaLegs Wine Bar

Tabu Grill

Two 40 South

Our pick: Tabu


Best American Cuisine:


The Ranch Restaurant

Savannah Chop House

Our pick: Tie between Savannah and The Ranch


Superior Service:

Anaheim White House


Villa Roma

Our pick: Anaheim White House


Most Delicious Dessert:

Maro Wood Grill – Banana Bread Pudding

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – Beignets

LUCCA –  S’mores in a Jar

Our pick: LUCCA


Best New Restaurant:

Arc Food & Libations

Bruno’s Trattoria

SeaLegs Wine Bar

Our pick: ARC


Golden Pastry Chef:

Chef Amelia Marneau, Marche Moderne

Chef David Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant

Chef Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery

Our pick: Chef Rachel Klemek


Golden Chef Award:

Chef Alan Greeley, Golden Truffle

Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant

Chef Yvon Goetz, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Our pick: Three way tie!


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