This year has happily seen a huge increase in local vegetarian and vegan restaurant choices and the 2012 Pennsyltucky Veggie Awards will be announced throughout December.
The winners will be local, limited to the counties that are touched by the keystone center of our state illustrated below. The annual awards recognize the year’s best vegetarian foods available by highlighting a few menu items from restaurants we have been able to visit this past year. I hope I will get suggestions from readers on favorites that I have overlooked for 2013; perhaps a People’s Choice category which I would do nothing but tally reader votes.
This year, the categories include region’s best Appetizer, Salad, Soup, Portobello, Chili, Veggie Burger, Specials, Vegetarian Restaurant, and Best Restaurant. Extra emphasis will go to dishes/restaurants that use local ingredients and are created in-house.Decisions are made from what is offered on regular the menu with limited “hold the pickles, extra lettuce” high maintenance tweaks. To stick with the BK theme, realize I won’t be including large franchise restaurants so don’t expect the BK Veggie to be garnering any awards.
2011 Pennsyltucky Veggie Awards recognized region’s best of the year. Congratulations to those who were acclaimed for their Portobello, Veggie Burger, Soup, Salad, Appetizer, Specials, Menu, Ethnic Restaurant, Vegetarian Restaurant and Best Restaurant.
Do you know of a Pennsyltucky restaurant or menu item that you think I should consider in 2013? If it’s in central PA (see map above) and is a regular vegetarian menu item, let me know and I will include it in the judging next year! Drop me, Pennsyltucky Veggie, a line or feel free to leave a comment on any of the awards pages!