r e c a p : the rammys 2017

ICYMI, Sunday was the annual Rammys gala – also known as DC Food Prom. It's basically a huge night for everyone in the DC food scene where all the girls are rocking Rent The Runway gowns and we all eat/drink the best of the best . During the RAMW award ceremony, chefs, teams + restaurants accept awards for best casual brunch, rising culinary star, etc. And then we all go party! 

I attended this year with my friend + incredible photographer, Fanette – check out her work here. BUT more importantly, we ate, drank and danced our way to Monday just to be able to bring you the news of where you need to be eating + drinking because this is where everyone is going. It's the best of the best. 

Scroll down for the winners (bolded) + nominees and then pick a few to try this weekend. Which of these restaurants have you been to? What's your favorite? 

Let me know in the comments below! 

xx phoebe // honestly, though 

a l l  o f  t h e  w i n n e r s + n o m i n e e s

aka go and check these places + people out ASAP. Click here to learn more about how noms were made. 

New Restaurant of the Year

  • All-Purpose Pizzeria
  • Hazel
  • Kōbō
  • Requin
  • Whaley’s

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

  • Fiola Mare
  • minibar by José Andrés
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Sushi Taro
  • Trummer's on Main

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year

  • Central Michel Richard
  • Indique
  • Iron Gate
  • Proof
  • Red Hen

Casual Restaurant of the Year

  • Compass Rose
  • Daikaya
  • The Daily Dish
  • Duke’s Grocery
  • Mandu

Chef of the Year

  • Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
  • Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto, Paper Horse
  • Austin Fausett, Proof
  • Katsuya Fukushima, Bantam King, Daikaya, Haikan
  • Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Pastry Chef of the Year

  • Mollie Bird, Kyirisan
  • Jemil Gadea, Masseria
  • Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop
  • Brandon Malzahn, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants
  • Erin Reed, Blue Duck Tavern

Rising Culinary Star of the Year

  • Sasha Felikson, Doi Moi
  • Ryan Ratino, Ripple
  • Miranda Rosenfelt, Sally's Middle Name
  • Rob Rubba, Hazel
  • Piter & Handry Tjan, Kōbō, Sushiko

Wine Program of the Year

  • Bourbon Steak
  • Charlie Palmer Steak
  • Doi Moi
  • Fiola
  • minibar by José Andrés

Cocktail Program of the Year

  • barmini by José Andrés
  • Kapnos
  • Indique
  • Iron Gate
  • The Royal

Beer Program of the Year

  • B Side
  • District Commons
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Republic
  • Roofers Union

Service Program of the Year

  • Bombay Club
  • minibar by José Andrés
  • Ripple
  • Ris
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Restaurateur of the Year

  • Katsuya Fukushima, Yama Jewayni and Daisuke Utagawa for The Daikaya Group (Daikaya, Haikan, Bantam King)
  • Ari Gejdenson, Mindful Restaurants Group
  • Ike Grigoropoulos, Dimitri Moshovitis, Ted Xenochristos, Brett Schulman, Cava Group, Inc.
  • Jason and Max Kuller, Fat Baby, Inc.
  • Jamie Leeds, JL Restaurant Group

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year

  • Atlas Brew Works
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Logan Sausage
  • New Columbia Distillers
  • Right Proper Brewing Company

Manager of the Year

  • Julio Amador, Cork Wine Bar
  • Christine Gibson, Iron Gate
  • John Grace, The Hamilton
  • Matthew McQuilkin, Pizzeria Paradiso
  • Margaret Perry, Kyirisan

Employee of the Year

  • Noe Alfaro, Republic
  • Heather Berry, Bar Pilar
  • Joseph Cassis, PassionFish - Bethesda
  • David Perry, Ris
  • David Trezevant, Carmine's

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year

  • Acme Paper and Supply Co.
  • Coastal Sunbelt Produce
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • USI Insurance Services
  • Veritas Law

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year (Public Vote)

  • Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen
  • The Front Porch at Evening Star Café
  • Lauriol Plaza
  • Pearl Dive
  • Petworth Citizen and Reading Room

Upscale Brunch (Public Vote)

  • Convivial
  • Del Campo
  • Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
  • The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Casual Brunch (Public Vote)

  • Cava Mezze - Capitol Hill
  • DGS Delicatessen
  • Maketto
  • Republic
  • Sixth Engine

Favorite Fast Bites (Public Vote)

  • Beefsteak
  • Cava Grill
  • Chase the Submarine
  • G by Mike Isabella
  • Taco Bamba

dc food scene: honeygrow


Honeygrow is a cool new take salad + stiry-fry in the DC area that combines fast-casual with Eatsa (touchscreen ordering). It's expensive considering the salads are considerably smaller than Sweetgreen. 

So I finally got my butt into Honeygrow last month. I'd read that it was super vegan friendly, and was excited to check out all of the hooplah. 

The location is next to HipCityVeg + La Tasca, and across from the Chinatown Metro. Inside, tables + benches take up the front, while the back corridor is dedicated to touchscreens for ordering and chefs behind the glass. Like Eatsa, the restaurant is set-up so that there's minimal interaciton between the person placing the order, and the person making it.

Like Eatsa, Honeygrow is great for our increasingly hypocritical society where we both crave attention but absolutely hate having to interact with anyone at all. Oops, did I say that out loud? 


ANYWAYS. Honeygrow boasts two types of dining options: Stir-fry or salads. Everything is served in to-go containers, even if you're "eating in." Similar to Sweetgreen, chalkboards boast local farms where today's ingredients have been sourced. #FarmToTable

Anyways, I loved the salad so much. I'd honestly recommend building your own because ~options~. I'm one of those people who can not go ANYWHERE without making substitutions to my food, whether it's adding an extra shot to my cocktail (#BallSoHard) or subbing out chicken for tofu. 

But, it was nothing that special. I'd go again if I needed to, but I would go out of my way to get a Honeygrow salad. The actual food quanity seemed considerably smaller than what you'd get  a Sweetgreen (really the only worthy competitor) and basically the same price. 

Jury is out on whether the stir-fry and noodles make a difference in my book. Stay tuned! 

xx phoebe // honestly, though