- Vien Dobui, Cong Tu Bot
- Ben Jackson, Drifters Wife
- Krista Kern Desjarlais, The Purple House
- Greg Mitchell and Chad Conley, Palace Diner
This is the second time as a final nominee for Krista Kern Desjarlais, and the first time for everyone else.
It’s also nice to see that Gado Gado in Oregon make the Best New Restaurant list. Gado Gado was opened by former Maine culinary couple Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly. Thomas was the original chef at The Honey Paw.
Prior award winners, award committee members and regional judges will now complete the final ballot. Based on those results, the award winners will be announced on September 25th.