Just a couple of days ago, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2016 James Beard awards. They’re also called the “Oscars of Food,” so yeah, getting one of those bronze medallions is a pretty big deal.
Just like the Oscars, the categories are many and varied, from nominees for the best “Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian” cookbook to “Best Chef, Midwest.” And while the restaurants nominated are certainly some of the best in the U.S., if not the world, we wondered—what’s it like to actually eat at these places? Are customers satisfied? Are the meals as beautifully plated IRL as they are in glossy magazines?
We’ve virtually-visited six nominees for the Best New Restaurant category as best we can—by looking at each restaurant’s Yelp reviews and customer photos from Instagram.
Death & Taxes, Raleigh, N.C.