On Monday, November 16, Eater will present the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past 12 months or so. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, and the voting continues right now. The polls for Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Bartender of the Year are now closed and today we focus on the year's hottest opening.
Here's a primer on the nominees: Bar Dough is brand new restaurant from acclaimed chef Max MacKissock. A casual neighborhood bar and eatery, the new spot brings wood-fired pizzas and Italian inspired dishes to LoHi. The Occidental, little sister bar to Williams & Graham, is a new generation neighborhood bar. The cocktails, under the direction of bartender Sean Kenyon, are precisely crafted, and the food, from State Fare, is playful and approachable. Black Eye is the 2.0 version of the popular LoHi coffee shop. The Capitol Hill location has an extensive cocktail list and a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Avanti Food & Beverage is a collective of seven casual and diverse eateries, including Quiero Arepas, MiJo, Poco Torterria, and Farmer Girl. An extensive bar and fabulous views of the city complement the experience. Bar Fausto is RiNo's new watering hole from Jonathan Power of the Populist and Koan Goedman of Huckleberry Roasters. There are original and classic cocktails crafted by barman Rob Corbari and small bites ranging from oysters to Parisian train station-style sandwiches. Which restaurant is So Hot Right Now? Weigh in by voting below.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Denver for each of five major categories. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.