(Note: this thread was split from the BC board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7112... -- The Chowhound Team)
The target audience is definitely not the people who read Chowhound. The Van Mag awards have stagnated....maybe it is a reflection on the restaurant biz here in general. The list of nominees did not surprise me - it is almost the same list as last year....and the year before.
Most of the ethnic categories were OK...a couple of eyebrow raisers, but nothing too egregious. There were a few nice reminders too - places I haven't been to in years (Ashiana Tandoori, Cafe Kathmandu, etc.)