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California Restaurant Association Awards Local Eateries

The San Diego Chapter of the CRA awarded honors to dozens of local eateries at the Gold Medallion 2015 Awards on June 8




    The restaurant industry’s most prestigious honors were bestowed upon San Diego eateries and industry leaders Monday, including restaurateur and chef of the year.

    The San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association (CRA) held its 31st annual Gold Medallion Awards GALA to highlight exceptional restaurants, purveyors, vendors and other industry leaders in the region. In the end, more than 40 awards were given to local eateries in dozens of categories.

    The CRA said Mike Morton Jr. of The Brigantine Family of Restaurants won Restaurateur of the Year. Another major award of the night – Chef of the Year – was given to Chef Paul Murphey of Humphreys, also known for his appearances on the Food Network shows “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

    Both awards were presented to the winners by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, with a special proclamation to Mike Morton and Mike Morton Jr. for being the San Diego CRA Chapter’s first father-son team to win the coveted Restaurateur of the Year award.

    The Mayor and Chapter also recognized Susie Baumann of Bali Hai and Tom Ham’s Lighthouse for her continued commitment to the local restaurant industry.

    Here’s the complete list of winners:

    Chef of the Year
    Paul Murphy | Humphreys

    Restaurateur of the Year
    Mike Morton Jr. | The Brigantine Family of Restaurants

    Large Associate Member of the Year
    Southern Wine & Spirits

    Medium Associate Member of the Year
    Specialty Produce

    Small Associate Member of the Year
    R.W. Smith

    Best American
    George’s Ocean Terrace

    Best American Casual
    Harbor Town Bar
    Tender Greens

    Best American Modern | Global Influences
    Brooklyn Girl
    Mister A’s

    Best Asian
    OB Noodle House
    Best Bar
    The Waterfront Bar & Grill

    Best Bakery | Café | Dessert
    Bread & Cie Café

    Best BBQ
    Phil’s BBQ

    Best Bistro | Wine Bar
    100 Wines Hillcrest
    Union Kitchen & Tap
    Wine Vault & Bistro

    Best Breakfast
    Studio Diner
    Tractor Room

    Best Brunch
    Hash House a Go Go

    Best Burger
    Burger Lounge

    Best Casino Restaurant
    Barona Resort & Casino

    Best Caterer
    Urban Kitchen Catering

    Best French
    Marine Room

    Best Hotel Casual Restaurant
    Sheerwater | Hotel Del Coronado
    The Grill at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

    Best Hotel Fine Dining Restaurant
    AR. Valentien | The Lodge ta Torrey Pines
    JRDN Restaurant | Tower 23
    NINR-TEN restaurant | Colonial Inn

    Best International Cuisine
    Rei do Gado
    Royal India

    Best Italian Casual
    Davanti Enoteca

    Best Italian Modern Fine Dining
    CUCINA urbana | CUCINA enoteca

    Best Italian Traditional
    Venetian Restaurant

    Best Mexican Casual
    El Indio Restaurant

    Best Mexican Dinner House
    Miguel’s Cocina

    Best Microbreweries | Restaurant
    Ballast Point Brewery

    Best Modern Fusion | Pacific Rim
    Bal Hai Restaurant

    Best New Restaurant Casual
    Comun Kitchen and Tavern
    OB Warehouse

    Best New Restaurant Fine Dining
    Juniper & Ivy

    Best Night Club Restaurant and Lounge
    Humphreys Backstage LIVE

    Best Pizza
    Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza
    Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
    Woodstock’s Pizza

    Best Public House | Pub
    The Field Irish Pub & Kitchen
    Vin de Sirah

    Best Quick Casual
    Carnitas Snack Shack

    Best Seafood Casual
    The Brigantine

    Best Seafood Fine Dining
    Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
    Top of the Market

    Best Sports Restaurant
    TrueNorth Tavern

    Best Steakhouse Casual
    Gaslamp Strip Club

    Best Steakhouse Fine Dining
    Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

    Best Sushi | Japanese

    Organizers say the gala raised more than $160,000, which the CRA San Diego Chapter will use for foodservice equipment, supplies and mentoring for the Culinary Arts programs at Morse High School, San Diego High School, Hoover High School, Scripps Ranch High School, Madison High School and Garfield High School, among other charitable uses.