Last night I got to attend the nominations gala as they announced the finalists for the 2010 RAMMY awards. Swanky! It’s funny, I don’t get starstruck talking to senators and cabinet members, but put me 5 feet away from a Top Chef finalist and suddenly I’m speechless.
Most of the categories will have their winner decided by secret panel, but a few categories are up for public voting. To me, the most interesting of the public categories is Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year. And the nominees are…
Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year
This nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of quality and congeniality rooted in its neighborhood.
Kemble Park Tavern
That’s some serious competition. I’m a big fan of both Bar Pilar and Cork, but I think Bar Pilar wins it by a nose for me. I love all their little plates, and the cocktails are amazing. The other two vote-able categories are Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene (nominees: Birch & Barley and ChurchKey, Bourbon Steak, Masa 14, Posto, POV) and Restaurant Power Spot (nominees: Art & Soul, BLT Steak, Bombay Club, The Source, Teatro Goldoni). I haven’t quite made up my mind which places I’ll pick for these categories, since a few of them are places I haven’t been to yet. But there’s plenty of time to make that happen; the ballot won’t go up on the Washington City Paper until April 29.
Anyone got a favorite horse in these races? If I could only make it to one of either BLT Steak, The Source, and Teatro Goldoni, where should I go? Does Bourbon Steak actually have a hot bar scene? Hmmm.