We may not be Michelin inspectors, James Beard judges, or New York Times critics at MyDomaine, but two things we love are great interiors and even better food. Just as the James Beard Foundation revealed its nominees for 2016, we thought to give our own restaurant awards—to highlight noteworthy establishments we encountered along our travels. You may not need to get on a months-long waiting list to get into these slightly off the Michelin star–beaten path. We used a five-point scale for décor and food to help you decide where to go first. Keep scrolling for our favorite restaurants that have marked our memory one way or another.
We want to hear which restaurants you’d give your awards to. Share your favorites in the comments below.