The Golden Foodie Awards honored Orange County restaurants and chefs at ceremonies held at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach.
The Golden Foodie Awards is a red carpet culinary awards show celebrating the best in local food, restaurants and chefs. The Golden Foodie Awards season launches annually in spring with a calendar of special foodie events at restaurants and venues throughout the county leading up to the main Awards night gala in September.
The 2013 Golden Foodie Award Winners in 26 categories of culinary excellence are:
Best Mixologist: Dave Castillo, 320 Main
Best Happy Hour: Wildfish Seafood Grille
Best Cocktails: Hopscotch Tavern
Best Wine List: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Best Steak: The Ranch Restaurant
Best Beer List: Provisions Market
Best Burger: Mick’s Karma Bar
Best Pizza: Pizzeria Ortica
Best Italian Food: Antonello’s Ristorante
Best Tacos: Sol Cocina
Best Mexican Food: Matador Cantina
Best Sushi: Sushi Noguchi
Best Asian Cuisine: AnQi by Crustacean
Best American Food: The Ranch Restaurant
Best California Cuisine: SeaLegs Wine Bar
Best Vegetarian Cuisine: True Food Kitchen
Best Indian Cuisine: Clay Oven
Best French Food: Pinot Provence
Best Mediterranean: LUCCA
Superior Service: Villa Roma
Best Seafood: Slapfish
Most Delicious Dessert: Maro Wood Grill
Best New Restaurant: Arc Food & Libations
Golden Pastry Chef Award: Chef Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery
Golden Chef Award: Chef Alan Greeley, Golden Truffle
Among food celebrities on the “gold carpet” on Sept. 29 were Wing Lam from Secret Millionaire and Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Duff Goldman with Charm City Cakes and more.
According to Lam, “"The food scene is blowing up in the OC! Just check out the celebrity chefs and restaurateurs at The Golden Foodie Awards. You'll see why Orange County has become known for its food scene."