The Munchies food awards include several local nominees

Twin Cities are well-represented in the first ever Munchies
The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're  judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-known chefs and their eateries, such as David Chang and his brilliant  Momofuku and Thomas Keller and his world-renowned French Laundry, but Minnesota is also well represented. Locals have been nominated in the Most Iconic Burger, Best Cookie, Best Craft Brewery, Most Intriguing Cocktail Bar, Favorite Gluten-Free Bakery, and even the Best Food Podcast or Radio Show categories. Will we win? Only your vote will decide. Here are the nominees:

Favorite Food Reality TV Show
o   Chopped (Food Network)
o   Cupcake Wars (Food Network)
o   Iron Chef America (Food Network)
o   The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)
o   Top Chef (Bravo)
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Zimmern is a panelist

Favorite Food TV Personality
o   Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods (Travel Channel)
o   Bobby Flay, Food Network Star (Food Network)
o   Mario Batali, The Chew (ABC)
o   Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef (Bravo)
o   Tom Colicchio, Top Chef (Bravo)

Favorite Food Related Magazine
o   Bon Appétit
o   Food & Wine
o   Food Network Magazine
o   Lucky Peach
o   Saveur

Favorite Food Blog
o   101 Cookbooks, Heidi Swanson
o   David Lebovitz, David Lebovitz
o   Homesick Texan, Lisa Fain
o   Poor Man's Feast, Elissa Altman
o   The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond

Most Newsworthy Cookbook
o   Food52 Cookbook, Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs
o   Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys, David Tanis
o   Primal Cuts, Marissa Guggiana
o   Ruhlman's Twenty, Michael Ruhlman
o   The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, David McMillan, Fredric Morin & Meredith Erickson
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Splendid Table gets a nod

Best Food Podcast or Radio Show
o   Edible Radio
o   Good Food (KCRW)
o   Mike & Tom Eat Snacks! (Nerdist)
o   NPR: Food (NPR)
o   The Splendid Table (American Public Media)

Best Chef
o   April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig, New York, NY
o   Daniel Boulud, Daniel NYC, New York, NY
o   David Chang, Momofuku, New York, NY
o   Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, New York, NY
o   Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, CA

Most Inspiring Food Visionary
o   Alice Waters, The Edible Schoolyard Project
o   Dan Barber, Blue Hill Farm
o   Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution
o   Michelle Obama, Let's Move
o   Will Allen, Growing Power

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The original Jucy Lucy

Most Iconic Burger
o   Cheeseburger, Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien, New York, NY
o   Double Double Animal Style, In-N-Out Burger, Irvine, CA
o   Double Shackburger, Shake Shack, New York, NY
o   Green Chile Cheeseburger, Bobcat Bite, Santa Fe, NM
o   Jucy Lucy, Matt's Bar, Minneapolis, MN

Best Pizza
o   Frank Pepe Pizzeria, New Haven, CT
o   Giordano's, Chicago, IL
o   Grimaldi's Pizzeria, Brooklyn, NY
o   Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, AZ
o   Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA

Best Taco
o   Big Star, Chicago, IL
o   Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles, CA
o   La Condesa, Austin, TX
o   Loteria Grill, Los Angeles, CA
o   Torchy's Tacos, Austin, TX
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Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart

Best Cookie
o   Chocolate Sable, Miette, San Francisco, CA
o   Coconut Macaroon, Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis, MN
o   Compost Cookie®, Momofuku Milk Bar, New York, NY
o   Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie, Levain Bakery, New York, NY
o   Macaroons, Kee's Chocolates, New York, NY

Best Ice Cream
o   Amy's Ice Creams, Austin, TX
o   Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco, CA
o   Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco, CA
o   Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Columbus, OH
o   Thomas Sweet, Princeton, NJ

Best Food Truck
o   Big Gay Ice Cream, New York, NY
o   Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles, CA
o   Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, Austin, TX
o   Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, New York, NY
o   Wafels & Dinges, New York, NY

Best Local Farmers Market
o   Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco, CA
o   Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
o   Portland Farmers Market, Portland, OR
o   Santa Monica Farmers Market, Santa Monica, CA
o   Union Square Greenmarket, New York, NY

Favorite Stadium Eats
o   Crazy Crab'z Dungeness Crab Sandwich, AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
o   Ivar Dog, Safeco Field, Seattle, WA
o   Shack-Cago Dog, Citi Field, New York, NY
o   Sweet Victory Peach Cobbler, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
o   Tony Luke's Cheesesteak, Citizen's Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

Coolest Coffee Shop
o   Café Grumpy, New York, NY
o   Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL
o   Joe, New York, NY
o   Peet's Coffee & Tea, Berkeley, CA
o   Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR

Best Craft Brewery
o   Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
o   Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
o   Rogue Ales, Newport, OR
o   Sixpoint Craft Ales, Brooklyn, NY
o   Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul, MN
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La Belle Vie: Come for the food, stay and stay and stay for the drinks

Most Intriguing Cocktail Bar
o   La Belle Vie, Minneapolis, MN
o   Monkey Bar, New York, NY
o   Prime Meats, Brooklyn, NY
o   The Aviary, Chicago, IL
o   The Violet Hour, Chicago, IL

Favorite Gluten-Free Bakery
o   BabyCakes NYC, New York, NY
o   Bittersweet Bakery, Eagan, MN
o   Defloured, Chicago, IL
o   Mariposa Baking, Oakland, CA
All treat, no gluten
o   Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery, New York, NY

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