AIA LA Announces Restaurant Design Awards Finalists

I’m not really sure which I’m addicted to more, food or design, so the AIA LA’s annual Restaurant Design Awards are naturally something that I never fail to mark on the calendar.  This year, however, I was honored to be included on the jury along with architect Dean Larkin and chef and author Mark Peel of Campanile fame.  After nearly five hours of careful deliberation, we, the jury, selected a list of finalists for you, the people’s, voting pleasure.  The nominees include restaurants, cafe/bars, and lounges from LA, Austin, Portland (Maine, not Oregon), and even the city of my birth, Columbus, OH.  Already popping up on Eater LA and California Home and Design, the word is clearly out.  People need only click here to vote for their choice for top toques.  Then come out to Dwell on Design on June 24th to find out who will be crowned victorious.