Today, the process of choosing this year’s stars in the Philadelphia restaurant world — the Eater Awards winners for 2019 — continues apace. After fielding many solid ideas from readers during the course of our month-long nomination period, it’s time to narrow the playing field. There are three finalists in three categories: Restaurant of the Year, Design of the Year, and Chef of the Year.
Restaurant of the Year:
Chef-owners Justine MacNeil and Ed Crochet and sous chef Gina Nalbone draw diners to this ambitious Italian restaurant in Queen Village for pastries and breakfast sandwiches in the morning and pastas, grilled meat, and whole fish at night.
Southern Thai food, a cuisine not seen often in Philly, shines at My-Le Vuong and chef Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon’s lively Bella Vista BYOB.
Design of the Year:
Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari’s intimate steakhouse is a sophisticated addition to 13th Street.
Internationally acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten makes his first foray into Philly with a sky-high restaurant offering the best views in town.
Chef of the Year:
Executive chef Hiroki Fujiyama is going for precision at his minimalist Japanese restaurant Hiroki in Fishtown, where omakase is the only option.
At Elwood in Fishtown, Adam Diltz takes inspiration from Pennsylvania Dutch recipes and the Philly region’s culinary history for an unusual, locally sourced menu.
All of these finalists are either new to the Philly scene or have come into their own in a new way since we nominated the winners last year. All of them were key contributors to making 2019 a great year of eating in Philly. So take a moment to give these finalists a round of applause. Winners will be crowned on December 10, 2019.