James Beard Award Semifinalists 2009 Announced
The James Beard Foundation just released the list of chef and restaurant semifinalists [PDF] for the nicknamed "Oscars of the food world." The nominees won't be announced until March. To give you a taste, we've listed the Outstanding Restaurant semifinalists after the jump; the PDF at the Beard site lists the rest—Outstanding Chef, Best New Restaurant, Rising Star Chef, etc.
Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Honolulu
Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
Boulevard, San Francisco
Brigtsen’s, New Orleans
Delfina, San Francisco
Fore Street, Portland, ME
Greens, San Francisco
Hamersley's Bistro, Boston
Higgins Restaurant and Bar, Portland, OR
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL
Jean Georges, NYC
Kinkead’s, Washington, D.C.
Lucia’s Restaurant, Minneapolis
Magnolia Grill, Durham, NC
Vidalia, Washington, D.C.