Northwest restaurants, chefs among RAMMY finalists

Lauriol Plaza, located at 1835 18th St. NW, is among the finalists for "Favorite Gathering Place" in the 2017 RAMMYs. (photo courtesy of Lauriol Plaza)

Northwest restaurants and chefs dominate the finalist list for the 2017 RAMMYs, the annual awards honoring the best of the region’s culinary scene.

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced the finalists on April 3, and winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on July 30.

For four categories, the public will be able to decide the winners via online votes at through May 31. For “Favorite Gathering Place,” the Northwest finalists are Lauriol Plaza, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, and Petworth Citizen & Reading Room. The “Upscale Brunch” category includes Convivial, Del Campo, Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier, and The Source by Wolfgang Puck, while the “Casual Brunch” finalists include DGS Delicatessen and Sixth Engine. The final category open for public voting, “Favorite Fast Bites,” includes Beefsteak, Cava Grill, and G by Mike Isabella.

Other finalists representing Northwest D.C. include, for “Chef of the Year,” Amy Brandwein of Centrolina; Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto and Paper Horse; Austin Fausett of Proof; and Katsuya Fukushima of Bantam King, Daikaya and Haikan. The “Rising Culinary Star” category includes Sasha Felikson of Doi Moi; Ryan Ratino of Ripple; Rob Rubba of Hazel; and brothers Piter and Handry Tjan of Kobo and Sushiko. For the “Best New Restaurant,” Northwest is represented by All Purpose, Hazel and Kobo.

For a full list of finalists for all of the RAMMY’s 20 categories, visit The awards gala, now in its 35th year, takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sunday, July 30; tickets are $325 per person.