Awards Watch: 2011 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists

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It’s that time of year again—our countdown to May and the annual James Beard Foundation Awards has begun. We're kicking things off with the semifinalists for our Restaurant and Chef Awards. Judges from across the country will take a look at the list below and vote to narrow it down to a final list of nominees. We’ll be live tweeting the nominee announcement on March 21, but in the meantime check to see if your favorite chefs and restaurants have made the longlist.

2011 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

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Ask a Chef: Sean Brock, Where Should We Eat in Charleston?

Sean Brock
We asked 2010 JBF Best Chef: Southeast award winner Sean Brock of McCrady’s in Charleston to tell us the best places to eat in his hometown.

1. Late-Night Dining
Tattooed Moose
843.277.2990
1137 Morrison Drive
“This place is a favorite of all the employees at McCrady’s for after-work snacks. They use duck fat in their fryers!”

2. Quintessential Charleston Cooking
Hominy Grill
843.937.0930
207 Rutledge Avenue
“Chef Stehling is using great products to replicate the iconic dishes of the Low Country. One of our favorite places to take out-of-town guests.”

3. Family Dinner
Monza
843.720.8787
451 King Street
“It’s always a lot of fun to relax with a bunch of different pizzas and pitchers of beer at this great little spot. I love the smell of the woodburning oven.”

4. Date Night... Read more >

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