Arlington Restaurants Nominated for RAMMY Awards

by ARLnow.com March 20, 2013 at 10:15 am 38 Comments

Inside David Guas' new Bayou Bakery in CourthouseA number of Arlington restaurants were named 2013 RAMMY Award nominees last night.

The annual awards gala is organized by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Nominees were announced last night in 16 categories.

While Arlington was shut out in the “fine dining” and “upscale casual” categories, Arlington-based restaurants made up more than half the “Casual Restaurant of the Year” category.

Among the five casual restaurant nominees were Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Road), Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza (3017 Clarendon Blvd) and Nando’s Peri-Peri (1301 S. Joyce Street). Bayou was the only purely Arlington restaurant; Pete’s and Nando’s both have other locations outside of Arlington.

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria logo (via Facebook)Clarendon’s Fuego Cocina y Tequileria (2800 Clarendon Blvd) was nominated in the New Restaurant of the Year category. Meanwhile, chef Scot Harlan of Green Pig Bistro (1025 N. Fillmore Street), another Clarendon restaurant, was nominated as in the Rising Culinary Star of the Year category. Also nominated in the Rising Culinary Star category was Tim Ma, who’s planning to open a new restaurant, “Water & Wall,” in Virginia Square.

The RAMMY Award winners will be announced at a gala event on Sunday, June 23.

  • VAEater

    And dont forget Willow in the Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year category!

  • P

    Nando Peri-Peri and Bayou Bakery.

    What about Northside Social, now that’s the real Neighborhood Gathering Place!

    They’ll even acknowledge and hire veterans like myself who began a food service career in DC dating back to 1986. I’ve tried to apply to wait tables @ Willow and have been snubbed everytime. Must be my lack of experience or sober references.

  • Rory

    Lost Dog and Gaujillos
    End of story

    • Lassie’s Revenge

      Is that a threat?

      • Rory

        No. I just think thsoe two places need to win awards.

  • Drunk_IrishChick

    Why isn’t O’Sullivans nominated? Best Looking Doormen, Best Guiness Pour, Best Pub, etc

    • novasteve

      That they have/need doormen speaks very loudly about the clientelle.

      • Door

        Have you ever been to any bar in clarendon, dc, or anywhere? Doormen simply greet and check IDs

        • novasteve

          I prefer places that don’t “need” doormen. It says a lot about the clientelle. I’m also not a sardine.

        • Jim

          Reality’s doorman turned Steve away along time ago.

    • Ahhlington

      If you like a Sig Ep house masquerading as an Irish “pub”, then yes it should be nominated.

      • FratDude

        Sorry you must be a TKE….did the Sig Eps beat you up??

        • whaycantwealljustgetalong?

          Bro v. Brah

  • Sn

    Pupatella ???? Nobody does pizza better!

    • StankyLegg

      Poopatella? What kind of a name is Poopatella? Btw, ate there once and haven’t gone back since. Went to take a bite out of my pizza slice and all the cheese slid right off onto my plate. God I just hate when that happens. This place is waaaay overrated and certainly did not live up to all the hype….. BUT then again, what can you expect from the average Arlingtonian who knows little about flavor and what good food actually is.

  • novasteve

    I’d nominate Taco Bell, but they took it away from us. Thanks a lot.

  • Ahhlington

    I’m sorry, but am i the only one who thinks Bayou Bakery is overrated? I mean, it’s great that it’s a local place and all but if it were just a cafe in New Orleans it probably wouldn’t do great business.

    • Deadite

      I’d say Bayou is properly rated — pretty darn good food but pricey. I think the bigger question mark here is Pete’s. Their pizza is maybe slightly above average but if it were in New York (or New Haven) it would do no business at all.

      • Ahhlington

        Yeah, the inclusion of Pete’s is downright baffling. Every time i’ve gone there it’s been sub-par pizza and less than friendly service. No idea how they stay in business.

        • ARL

          I have always enjoyed great pizza there, and great service.

        • Deadite

          Their sauce and toppings are fine, and their crust tastes okay but is always way too hard. I’ve cut my mouth on it numerous times, and I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to be able to cut yourself with a pizza crust.

    • Ballstonian

      You guys make good points about Bayou Baker and Pete’s, but I think restaurants have to be graded on a curve that reflects where they are. Both do a good job with their chosen cuisines, by the standards of the DC area. If you compare them to New Orleans and New Haven, respectively, they would be weak. By the same token, top-notch French restaurants in the US generally don’t compare with the real thing in France.

      • Deadite

        I know – I was kind of calling out the OP (in addition to Pete’s) with my comment. I know we’re not going to get NYC caliber pizza here, so can we all please stop comparing our pizza joints to theirs? Likewise, to compare Bayou Bakery to the genuine articles down in NOLA is folly.

        • Ahhlington

          It’s not “folly” if the owner/head chef is from New Orleans. Bayou Bakery has been hit or miss for me, but just because it’s not located on an actual bayou doesn’t mean that it can’t be better.

    • Agree

      I actually agree with Ahhlington — I think Bayou is OK and even worth going to occasionally, but I’ve never understood all the hype about it. Different strokes, I guess.

    • CoffeeDude

      Bayou should be rated for the Poor Ventilation System, You go in to order coffee and have to take you clothes to the cleaners because you reek of Grease…

      • Cherrydalian

        Damn, should have read this before going there for lunch today. Food was delicious, but I need to dry clean my suit immediately. Going to smell like grease all afternoon.

  • AggieGal

    I think you probably have to be a paying member of that restaurant association to be nominated.

    • Jim

      Of course. “Pay to Play”, so to speak. Mutual Admiration Society.

  • Pizza Pizza

    Pete’s is horrible, I can’t believe that made the list.

    • ARL

      Pete’s is awesome.

      • Jim

        Pete’s is average.

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    Noms for the Green Pig are well deserved. I’ve always walked away from that place satisfied. Don’t forget to get some cornbread pie to go!
    Fuegos is also very good, but the margaritas are a little tiny and have too much ice.

    • Joey

      Green Pig is disgusting. The food is way over salted and lacks flavor.

  • LuvToEat

    Scott Harlan deserves the honor–he’s hard-working and runs a great restaurant!!

  • AKB

    I cannot figure out Bayou Bakery. I was underwhelmed. And, Wash-Post has mention of this each and every week. Vapiano and Fuego are the best.


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