Here are the restaurant and bar industry winners for DC’s 2022 RAMMY Awards

Oyster Oyster chef Rob Rubba has won the RAMMY award for ‘Chef of the Year’. Photograph by Rey Lopez

DC’s restaurant industry’s biggest prizes, the RAMMYs, returned to normal with a grand gala at the convention center on Sunday night. The usual recognitions for best new restaurant and chef of the year had paused during the pandemic in favor of honors for innovative take-out packaging and choice terraces. But this year, the big accolades were back, along with some carryover categories from the Covid era (exceptional pop-up, “splendid vacation at home”).

Another change that’s stuck? Recognize at least some restaurants that are not members of the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Association, a move that has helped make the awards more diverse and representative of the culinary scene. Publicly voted categories like Best Brunch and Hottest Sandwich Shop were open to everyone. The other main categories, decided by an anonymous panel of food and media professionals, were limited to paying members only.

Here are the winners:

Chef of the year: Rob Rubba, Oyster Oyster

Culinary Rising Star of the Year: Christian Irabien, Muchas Gracias

Restaurateur of the year: Scott Drewno and Danny Lee, The Fried Rice Collective

Pastry Chef of the Year: François Yann Buisine, A je ne sais quoi

Employee of the Year: Herman Machado, The Salt Line – Navy Yard

Manager of the year: Robert Heim, Shaw Tavern

New restaurant of the year: Daru

Casual Restaurant of the Year: All Day Ruthie

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:Albi

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Cranes

Wine of the year program: Queen’s English

Cocktail program of the year: Serenata

Beer Program of the Year: quarry house tavern

Service Program of the Year: Goat with tail

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Congress Seafood

Publicly voted categories

Splendid holidays at home: Unconventional dinner

hottest sandwich: At Mangialardo

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Casta Rum Bar

Favorite quick bites: Small Minor Taco

Outstanding pop-up concept: Bun Daddy

Exceptional Family Meal Packages on the Go: 2 BBQ Fifty Texas

Best brunch of the year: Restaurant A&J

The 2022 RAMMY Honor Award recipients were also honored, celebrating a significant number of years of service to residents and visitors to the Washington metropolitan area: 1789 and The Tombs (60 years), Anthony’s Restaurant (50 years), Bombay Bistro (30 years) , Duangrat’s (35 years old), El Tamarindo (40 years old), Franklins (30 years old), La Côte d’Or Café (30 years old), Mike’s American (35 years old) and Tabard Inn (100 years old).

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Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind DC’s food and drink scene. before joining Washingtonian as of July 2016, she was a food editor and Young & Hungry columnist at the Washington City Paper. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

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