May 08, 2013 • By

And The Munchies go to…?

After a month of hungry competition and thousands of votes from fans across the country, and Andrew Zimmern just announced the winners of The Munchie Awards!

The second annual Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards were hosted by Andrew Zimmern, chef and 2013 winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Personality/Host. Zimmern and a panel of 26 celebrity food experts developed the list of nominees which were then put to a popular vote at

“It’s been exciting to ignite a passionate food debate and encourage people to support their favorite restaurants, media and chefs by voting,” Zimmern said.

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Chicago won big as Best Food City, and Chicago establishments Bar Toma, Butcher and the Burger and Hoosier Mama Pie Co., received The Munchies awards for Best Pizza, Best Burger and Best Bakery.

But cities, restaurants, food institutions and media from around the country came out winners as well.

A donation to Feeding America was made on behalf of the panelists and voters who participated in selecting the Terrific Tastemakers, Best Bites and Delicious Destinations Munchie award winners.

The full list of The Munchies 2013 award winners includes:

Terrific Tastemakers

Best Food Reality TV Show: “Chopped” (Food Network)

Best Food TV Personality: Alton Brown, “Good Eats” (Food Network)

Best Food Magazine: Cooking Light (Time, Inc.)

Best Food Blog or Site: Serious Eats

Best New Cookbook: “Bouchon Bakery,” Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel (Artisan)

Best Food Podcast or Radio Show: “NPR: Food” (NPR)

Best Chef: Hugh Acheson, Empire State South, Atlanta


Best Bites

Best Burger: Butcher and the Burger, Chicago

Best Pizza: Bar Toma, Chicago

Best Taco: La Condesa, Austin, TX

Best Ice Cream: Graeters, Cincinnati

Best BBQ: Oklahoma Joe’s, Kansas City, KS

Best Breakfast: Loveless Cafe, Nashville, TN

Best Late Night Food: Waffle House, Atlanta


Delicious Destinations

Best Local Farmers Market: North Market, Columbus, OH

Best Food Truck: Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles

Best Coffee Shop: Joe, New York

Best Craft Brewery: Rogue Ales, Newport, OR

Best Bakery: Hoosier Mama Pie Co., Chicago

Best Food City: Chicago

Anything that The Munchies experts missed in their nominees this year? What should they include next time?

Editor’s note: For more related to The Munchies, check out our post, “The hottest trends in food from five experts.”