Eater Readers Think Jonathon Erdeljac is Dallas' Best Chef. Eater Editors, Not So Much.

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Andrea Grimes, former City of Ater and current editor of Eater Dallas, announced Eater Dallas' Award winners yesterday, to the chagrin of many commenters on the site. A series of blog posts -- used to determined Dallas winners in categories including Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right Now, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, and Best Bathroom -- stated that Eater editors and readers alike will be voting and deciding on categories. A number of participants interpreted the contest as a straight popular vote.

Cane Rosso and the Grape dominated the polls for Restaurant of the Year, with Jay Jerrier's pizza restaurant squeaking out a narrow victory. That poll garnered over 1600 votes.

Best Bathroom was the most ignored category, with three nominees sharing just over 50 votes. Neighborhood Services Tavern only needed 23 votes to beat Tei-An Soba House.

But the Chef of the Year category drew the ire of readers, who felt duped when the popular vote was usurped by Eater's editorial intervention. Despite receiving the majority tally, Jonathon Erdeljac, the chef-owner at Jonathon's Oak Cliff, did not win. Instead, Brian Luscher of the Grape received Chef of the Year award, "based on his long-time dedication to culinary excellence, interest in trying new things, and interest in expanding his involvement in the larger food community," according to Eater.

Comments got heated as readers, who felt their votes had been ignored, fired back at Eater despite several mentions that the site maintained control over the final awards.

As with every poll this week, we've put forth our nominees and asked Eater readers to narrow the field down to three, after which our editors will choose the winner from the finalists.

Whether or not you agree with the final results of Eater's contest, or any other online poll that determines the best of anything in a given market, it's easy to see a correlation between number of votes and the participants' social media savvy. Two of the most vote-getting restaurants also boast the most significant online presence on Twitter and Facebook. Unless some editorial control is exercised, the only best determined is Best In Social Media Marketing.

There is one award I'm certain of, and that's best comment in the Eater Dallas Awards thread, from runner up for Chef of the Year, Jonathon Erdeljac, who in a sea of anger and dick jokes said:

Brian Luscher was very deserving of his award, I was honored to be nominated along side him. I want to congratulate him again, and thank everyone who voted for me...
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elsee
elsee

Is it just me, or does it seem like Andrea has the biggest girl boner in the world for Cane Rosso? Can't go a single day without a mention of that place.

cp
cp

File under: "White People's Problems" 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Certainly so; this blog loves the "white man's" problems!  You sir....GENIUS.  I salute you sir. You think Buffy in McKinney cares about ANYTHING?  Other than Apple Mashitini's, or a $12 taco plate with garnish?  Nope? Natural selection my bro monster.

Opinion Harvester
Opinion Harvester

Is it me or is blogging for food starting to feel like a real cutthroat activity?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Survival of the fittest my main man.  Divide and conquer, or lazy and broke.  This blog is just getting  a"facelift". Everything in this day and age is "cutthroat"; try to take an extra day away from work; or get away from the kids..........American life has been correcting itself these last couple of years.  Survival is for the fit, cunning, stealth and inventive.  

Kergie out.

ps-HI MARY!  Any vegan tips for us?  How about knitting tips? 

Mary
Mary

Vegan tips? Sure! How about sticking a big fat cucumber up your ass! I gave up knitting in my eighties. But, I still have my needles. heh, heh, heh..............

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

ahh the feminist girl on top, but if she is femenist and thh girl is always on top, who is on the bottom bottom bottom bottom bottom bottom

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

First off....first biotches!

Second-Best bartender/the guy at the Chili's down the street......I think his name is Monty.  

Third, will you ask the chef(s) if he/she they think CJ will fetch 5/75?  He's a solid number two guy, that's all.  

Also, will you ask the readers if Miles Austin will be a force to reckon with this year?-------------------------------5 Best Things to Consume w/Taco's:-Pico-Cilantro-Beer-Tequila-Football

5 Best Beatles Songs:-Walrus-Rain-Let It Be-She's a Woman-Dear Prudence

Best Things to Make Yourself Fat:-Beer-Chocolate-Alfredo Sauce-Pancho's

Best Way to Get the "Back Sweats"-Pancho's-CC's-Bennigan's-Albertson's Deli-Dickey's-Walmart Deli-Rudy's

therrick
therrick

Since no one else will answer. I do think CJ will get 5 for 75 and whoever pays that amount will be regretting it by year two if not sooner. Teams always overpay for pitching.

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