2012 Eat Out Awards | The winners

Who needs restaurants when these bars are taking food so seriously?

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Raviolis de sepia y coco con soja, jengibre y menta at Next El Bulli

Here's a peek at the big winners of the Eat Out Awards, just announced at tonight's award ceremony (full list at bottom).

If you've been following Food & Drink associate editor Julia Kramer's live tweets from the ceremony, you know all the winners. But just in case you missed some tweets, here's an extra-early online version of our Eat Out Awards feature stories, which reveal our readers' favorite new restaurant, breakout chef, bar and more, as well as the Critics' Pick awards from Julia Kramer, Food & Drink editor David Tamarkin and senior Food & Drink correspondent Heather Shouse. Congrats to all the winners!

Find out more about the winners at timeoutchicago.com/eatoutawards.

2012 Eat Out Award Winners

READERS’ CHOICE

Best new bar: The Aviary

Best new restaurant: Next

Breakout chef of the year: Dave Beran

Best new burger joint: Butcher & the Burger

Best new sweet shop: Doughnut Vault

Best new breakfast: Waffles

Best local chain: Epic Burger

Best new restaurant cocktails: Perennial Virant

Best fro-yo chain: Forever Yogurt

Best new BYOB: Goosefoot

Best new food truck: The Southern Mac and Cheese

Cheap eatery of the year: Pleasant House Bakery

Best new pizzeria: Roots Handmade Pizza

Best comeback: The Pump Room

Best new sports bar: Public House

CRITICS’ PICKS

The fresh air award for restaurant design: Yusho

Most legitimately farm-to-table restaurant: Pleasant House Bakery

Best one-man show: Bill Talbott at EL Ideas

Strongest dessert program: Spiked milkshakes at 25 Degrees

Coziest place to hibernate: Miko’s Flipside Café

Best old-country buffet: Julbord at Tre Kronor

Best use of egg yolks: Egg-yolk buns at Cai

Best route to the suburbs: Wisma

Boys to men award for grown-up drinking: Elixir

Best firestarter: Tozi Korean BBQ

Best creative loafing: Publican Quality Meats

Best new biker bar: Heritage Bicycles General Store

Most palatable evangelism: Martha Bayne

Easiest history lesson: Big Jones

Lifetime achievement award: Tony Hu

Inspired performance award presented by Infiniti: Jeremy Quinn at Telegraph

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