Local Restaurants Named Finalists in D.C. Area Dining Awards

Nominees include The Daily Dish and Owen’s Ordinary, plus restaurateurs behind Sushiko and Silver and Silver Diner


Owen's Ordinary in Pike & Rose.

Andrew Metcalf

Updated March 24 9:25 a.m.: Several local restaurants and restaurant owners have been named as finalists for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s annual “RAMMY” awards.

The Daily Dish, a restaurant with American fare on Grubb Road in Silver Spring, was nominated for “Favorite Gathering Place,” a category that considers the atmosphere of an establishment as well as its menu. The restaurant association describes the finalists as restaurants “rooted” in their neighborhoods “where guests come to eat, drink, and get together with friends repeatedly,” , according to a release from the association.

Moby Dick, which opened its first location in Bethesda in 1989, is a finalist for “Favorite Fast Bites.” The kebab chain now has more than 20 locations in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

Two Montgomery County spots are up for “Beer Program of the Year”: Owen’s Ordinary in North Bethesda and Republic in Takoma Park.

Sharon Rissal, at Jaleo in downtown Bethesda, is one of five finalists for “Employee of the Year,” recognizing non-managerial front- or back-of-the-house staff.

 Ype von Hengst and Bob Giaimo, co-founders of local dining chain Silver Diner and its upscale variant Silver, are up for restaurateurs of the year.

Several restaurateurs with Montgomery County restaurants were also recognized for their D.C. establishments. José Andrés, who owns Jaleo, was nominated for both cocktail program and service program of the year for his highly rated restaurant minibar, and Mike Isabella, the chef behind Bethesda’s Kapnos Kouzina, has a nomination for “Fast Bites of the Year” with his restaurant G. Daisuke Utagawa, who is a partner with Sushiko in Chevy Chase, is nominated for restaurateur of the year.

Ambar, which is owned by Ivan Iricanin, was a finalist for “Casual Brunch of the Year.” Iricanin is opening Tacos, Tortas & Tequila and Buena Vida in downtown Silver Spring this April.

The winners will be announced at a June 10 gala. Public voting will determine the winners of “Favorite Gathering Place,” “Favorite Fast Bites” and the brunch categories.

This story was updated to correct the nominations related to Sushiko. The Chevy Chase restaurant itself was not nominated for an award; a partner of the restaurant was.

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