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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:

Hopscotch

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

Slapfish

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:

Hopscotch

Provisions Market

Slater’s 50/50

Our pick: Provisions

 

Best Mediterranean:

Kentro Greek Kitchen

LUCCA Cafe

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

Seabirds

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:

Javier’s

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:

Bistango

The Ranch Restaurant

Savannah Chop House

Our pick: Tie between Savannah and The Ranch

 

Superior Service:

Anaheim White House

Mesa

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!

 

For more information on the Golden Foodie Awards, visit http://goldenfoodieawards.com or http://facebook.com/goldenfoodieawards.

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