Eat Out, South Africa's best guide to South Africa's best food, has announced a brand-new set of awards, the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries. The winners of these awards will be determined by user reviews over a year-long period.
These new awards differ from the flagship annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards (taking place in November) in that they recognise casual eateries that people love to visit every day, and will include winners for each of South Africa's nine provinces. The winners will be announced in Johannesburg and Cape Town in October 2015.
Members of the Eat Out community directly influence the results with star ratings when they review a restaurant on the site. Stars are awarded from one (poor) to five (excellent) for food and drinks, ambience and service. Users need to log in to write a review and give a rating on the Eat Out website.
The restaurants with the highest star ratings in their category and province will be the winners. Rankings will be calculated from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015, taking into account the ratings over the full year.
The categories are Best Asian Eatery, Best Bistro, Best Country-Style Eatery, Best Italian Eatery, Best Steakhouse, Best Coffee Shop, Best Burger Eatery, Best Indian Eatery, Best African Eatery and Best Seafood Eatery, with a winner for each category in each of South Africa's nine provinces (provided that minimum criteria are met).
In addition to directly influencing the results with their star ratings and reviews, every time a reader posts an online review, a meal is pledged to Stop Hunger Now SA. Since the launch of this partnership in November 2014, over 3000 meals have been pledged.
In line with tradition, the prestigious Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards will be held in November, at which the Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Top 10 Restaurants and more national awards focused on fine dining will be announced.