UQ2A05492017 AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Uniquely Arizona – Home to some of the oldest documented food traditions, Arizona has a rich culinary past steeped in tradition. We are searching statewide for the restaurants that embrace not only the local food but are staples of the state.
  • Innovative Restaurant Concept – Recognizing a restaurateur or restaurant group who demonstrates that they don’t follow trends; they define them, setting the bar in restaurant operations and the overall customer dining experience.
  • Outstanding Multiple Location Restaurant – Honoring a culinary concept with multiple locations, demonstrating exceptional achievement and commitment to excellence in marketing, menu design and customer service.
  • Emerging Restaurant of the Year – Honoring promising up-and-comers that demonstrate exemplary talent, showcase innovation and have already distinguished themselves as pacesetters in food, beverage and service.
  • Outstanding Food Truck – Recognizing outstanding achievement in mobile nourishment, operations and community development.
  • Best Dish: Tacos – Honoring the restaurant that quite simply does them best.
  • Restaurant Manager – Recognizing the manager that has set the gold standard for exemplary customer service and leadership as well as enhancing the overall dining experience.
  • Restaurant Employee – Recognizing the front or back of house employee (non-managerial) that has set the gold standard for exemplary customer service and enhancing the overall dining experience.
  • Premier Cocktail Program – Recognizing an outstanding restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence and innovation in their cocktail program.
  • Best Cocktail – Raising a glass to the best cocktail made in Arizona. This beverage is an exceptional cocktail that is without a doubt delicious, garnished to perfection while pushing the limits with flavors.
  • Premier Beer Program – Recognizing an outstanding restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence and innovation in their beer program.
  • Best Arizona Beer – Raising a glass to the best beer made in Arizona – from ales to malts, this beer is the best of the best from State 48.
  • Premier Wine Program – Recognizing an outstanding restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence and innovation in their wine program.
  • Best Arizona Wine – Raising a glass to the best wine made in Arizona – from rose to chardonnay, this wine is the best of the best from State 48.
  • Top Mixologist – Honoring an individual who is behind the bar, constantly raising the bar and setting trends in the beverage scene.
  • Best Overall Beverage Program – Recognizing a bar or restaurant that keeps their beverage menu edgy yet approachable embracing all things beverage – cocktails, spirits, wine and beer.
  • Top Partner to Our Industry – Honoring the company that serves our industry as a partner and resource providing exceptional products, service and/or solutions.
  • Good Neighbor – Recognizing the outstanding community leadership and exceptional devotion to making a difference in our neighborhoods and community at large.
  • Food Pioneer – Honoring a lifetime of outstanding culinary excellence that continues to educate, inspire, entertain and foster a deeper understanding of the culinary culture in Arizona.
  • Top Chef – Pays tribute to outstanding culinary excellence, breaking new ground with an innovative menu while enhancing the dining experience.