For our annual Tastemaker Awards, there is one category that isn't judged by our panel of food and beverage industry experts: Best New Restaurant. Instead, we pit the nominees against each other in a tournament so our readers can determine the winner.
Let it be known the competition has been fierce, and it's down to a face-off between two restaurants: Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. and Clark Food & Wine/C'Viche.
These two have so far competed masterfully, emerging from a pack that began with 16 nominees. We matched them up, bracket-style, then waved the checkered flag. They beat strong contenders such as Remedy, Small Brewpub and Cafe Momentum. They endured through three rounds of voting to make it to the finals.
You have until May 13 to help decide who wins; you can vote once a day. The winner will be announced at our Tastemaker Awards grand tasting event on May 14, where you will also learn who emerged victorious in categories such as neighborhood restaurant, breweries, bartenders, bars, burgers, chefs and rising star chefs.
Need help deciding where to place your vote? Here's our summary:
Clark Food & Wine/C'Viche
After a tenure in the corporate world, former Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek chef Randall Warder dives back into the restaurant fray by opening two adjoining concepts side-by-side, in the hottest stretch of Greenville Avenue. Clark Food & Wine is an American restaurant with a modern European sensibility. The menu features shared plates and house-smoked meats. C'Viche is a casual drop-in with several varieties of ceviche and a fabulous bar with sangria, tequila, mojitos, caipirinhas and margaritas.
Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.
As the name implies, this place is dedicated to the grilled cheese sandwich, with more than a dozen versions running from the classic with American cheese on white to a gourmet corker with American, cheddar and Gruyere on sourdough. Salads are nicely composed, but don't overlook the trio of soups, including tomato with basil. Located in hip Bishop Arts, DGC is the perfect match of restaurant and neighborhood.
Buy tickets now to the Tastemaker Awards on May 14.