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Eater Awards 2016: Announcing The San Diego Winners

Herb & Wood
| Lyudmila Zotova

Today we announce the seventh annual Eater Awards, celebrating the chefs and restaurants that truly made an impact in 2016. We recognize San Diego’s best new restaurants, chefs, designers and hospitality groups that have taken the food world by storm. Read on to learn more about this year's best of the best.

Restaurant of the Year

Herb & Wood

Herb & Wood
Lyudmila Zotova

Little Italy’s latest bonafide blockbuster marks a return to the kitchen for chef-about-town Brian Malarkey. Together with business partner Chris Puffer, Malarkey has crafted a stylish yet serious culinary showpiece — wholly separate from his multiplying "Fabric of Social Dining" concepts — that many in the industry are calling his best restaurant offering to-date. In combination with Herb & Eatery, its casual counterpart, Herb & Wood has established an impressive footprint in a neighborhood brimming with restaurant standouts.

Readers Choice

KINDRED


Chef of the Year

Brian Malarkey

malarkey new 1 Malarkey & co-chef Shane McIntyre

The frequently-brash Malarkey has experienced more than his fair share of restaurant-related wins and losses in the near-decade since he was first in the ‘Top Chef’ spotlight. This year, the chef finds himself, and his food, more relevant and respected than ever thanks to Herb & Wood and a menu developed with co-chef Shane McIntyre that's both progressive and approachable.

Readers Choice

Phillip Esteban


Design of the Year

KINDRED

Feast Your Eyes Upon KINDRED, South Park's Unholy Sanctuary of Food & Drink
KINDRED
Lyudmila Zotova

This South Park looker is a study in contrasts that come together for a stunning whole. Created by BASILE Studio (Ironside, Polite Provisions) and co-owners Paul Basile, Kory Stetina and Arsalun Tafazoli, it was recently given a coveted Orchid award for interior design. Adding to its visual appeal is a plant-based menu that appeals equally to non-vegans and a killer cocktail program.

Readers Choice

Herb & Wood


Best Neighborhood Trailblazer

Trust

Dining room at Trust
Trust
Lyudmila Zotova

Bringing a much-welcome culinary shot in the arm to Hillcrest’s waning food scene is this first solo project from two industry vets — executive chef Brad Wise and general manager Steven Schwob. The independently-owned restaurant, which has succeeded in gaining the hard-won trust of local diners, is continuing to enchant the neighborhood (and beyond) while giving inspiration to budding restaurateurs.

Readers Choice

cucina SORELLA


Restaurant Group of the Year

CH Projects

It Has Arrived; Gaze Inside the Newly Expanded Craft & Commerce Right Now
Craft & Commerce
Lyudmila Zotova

Established heavyweights in the local hospitality scene, the group — which counts the crowd-drawing Ironside Fish & Oyster and Craft & Commerce among its holdings — spent the year most wisely. With an eye towards sustainability and in preparation for another ambitious year, the collective to watch retooled and refined its existing properties while smartly boosting its culinary team.

Readers Choice

SDCM


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