The nearly 300 nominees in the Beijinger's 2015 Reader Restaurant Awards are awaiting your opinion -- you've got til March 8 to cast it! Over 3,000 votes have been cast already, but almost all of the 50 races remain surprisingly competitive, with many locked in dead heats.


Even if you're not into democracy or having an opinion, the nomination list is a great document to peruse, as it is a virtual gold mine of suggestions of great places to eat in Beijing.

Notable newcomers including Tribe, Country Kitchen, Palms L.A. Kitchen, The Taco Bar, and The Corner Melt made a good showing outside of the "Best New Restaurant" category this year, receiving nominations across multiple categories.

Topping the list of Western nominees are previous winners such as Mosto, TRB, Capital M, Element Fresh, MOKA Bro's, Great Leap Brewing, and Home Plate Bar-B-Que.

Meanwhile on the Chinese end of things, familiar names such as Dali Courtyard, Da Dong Roast Duck, Din Tai Fung, Duck de Chine, Haidilao, Jing Yaa Tang, and Transit garnered the most nods from this year's nominating panel.

We've also spiced it up with a few new categories, such as Best Cakes, Cookies and PastriesBest Overseas ImportBest Ramen, and my personal favorite  Food Entrepreneur of the Year, honoring those small businesses who are giving it their all to shake up Beijing's food scene.

So dig in and give a helping hand to all your favorite venues  voting is open until the beginning of March so there's plenty of time to try before you vote  you'll always be able to find a link to the ballot on the homepage of

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