San Francisco's Slanted Door won the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurant of the Year honors for 2014 Monday night.

Charles Phan's trailblazing Vietnamese restaurant beat out two New York finalists (Hearth, WD-50), one from Chicago (Spiaggia) and a longtime finalist from Birmingham, Ala. (Highlands Bar and Grill) for the award that goes to "a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service."

Restaurants must be in operation for 10 or more consecutive years to be considered for this title. The Slanted Door opened just over a decade ago at S.F.'s Ferry Building; the original Slanted Door for which Phan first gained fame for his chic Vietnamese cuisine was in the Mission District.

During the Lincoln Center ceremonies in New York, Daniel Patterson of Coi in San Francisco was recognized as the Best Chef in the West over two other local finalists, Corey Lee of Benu and Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions, and two Los Angeles finalists, the chefs from Animal and Providence.

Other major Bay Area awards:

  • The Restaurant at Meadowood, in St. Helena, was honored for Outstanding Service.

  • Healdsburg's Shed, designed by Jensen Architects, won for Outstanding Restaurant Design.


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  • Civil Eats, a Bay Area-based food policy blog (http://civileats.com), was recognized by the Beard Foundation as the Publication of the Year. Founded in 2009 by Naomi Starkman and Paula Crossfield, the site features more than 100 contributors offering critical thought about the American food landscape, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

    The Outstanding Chef of the year award went to Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles. She is only the fourth female chef to ever win this award, according to the foundation. She won over another female chef from the Southland, Suzanne Goin of Lucques in West Hollywood, and four other finalists, including chef-owner David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos.

    Manresa had also been a finalist in two other categories.

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