For the 15th year, Georgia Straight readers have shared their secrets in our annual Golden Plate Awards. Below are the results of our 2012 readers' choice survey – conducted online earlier this year – with winners in 154 categories.
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Best New Casual Restaurant

  1. Ensemble Restaurant and Bar, 850 Thurlow
  2. Nicli Antica Pizzeria, 62 E. Cordova
  3. Fray, 3980 Fraser St
  4. The Flying Pig, 1168 Hamilton

Best New Restaurant Outside Vancouver

  1. Daniel's Mediterranean Tapas and Grill, 2786 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam
  2. Big Feast Bistro + Catering, 11920 227th St., Maple Ridge
  3. Hog Shack Cookhouse, 160–3900 Bayview St., Richmond

Best Burnaby Restaurant

  1. The Pear Tree Restaurant, 4120 E. Hastings St., Burnaby
  2. Anton's Pasta Bar, 4260 East Hastings St., Burnaby
  3. Hart House, 6664 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby
  4. Horizons, 100 Centennial Way, Burnaby

Best North Shore Restaurant

  1. The Salmon House, 2229 Folkestone Way, West Van
  2. Burgoo, Various Locations
  3. Fraîche, 2–2240 Chippendale Rd., West Van
  4. Beach House at Dundarave Pier, 150 25th St., West Van
  5. La Régalade, 103–2232 Marine Dr., West Van

Best Richmond Restaurant

  1. Tapenade Bistro, 3711 Bayview St., Richmond
  2. Blue Canoe, 140–3866 Bayview St., Richmond
  3. Hog Shack Cookhouse, 160–3900 Bayview St., Richmond

Best Surrey, Delta, White Rock, and Langley Restaurant

  1. Uli's Restaurant, 15021 Marine Dr., White Rock
  2. The Boathouse Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. Washington Avenue Grill, 5–15782 Marine Dr., White Rock

Best Whistler Restaurant

  1. Araxi Restaurant + Bar, 4222 Village Square, Whistler
  2. Bearfoot Bistro, 4121 Village Green, Whistler
  3. RimRock Cafe, 2117 Whistler Rd., Whistler

Best African

  1. Simba's Grill, Various Locations
  2. Harambe, 2149 Commercial
  3. Red Sea Cafe, 670 E. Broadway

Best Continental

  1. Le Gavroche, 1616 Alberni
  2. Bistro Pastis, 2153 W. 4th
  3. Chambar Restaurant, 562 Beatty
  4. La Brasserie, 1091 Davie

Best Eastern European/Russian

  1. Ukrainian Village Restaurant, 815 Denman
  2. Transylvania Flavour, 2120 W. Broadway
  3. Danube European Restaurant, 102A–3701 Hastings St., Burnaby

Best Filipino

  1. Pinpin Restaurant, 6113 Fraser
  2. Goldilocks Bakeshop, Various Locations
  3. Kumare Restaurant and Bakery, 8130 Park Road

Best French

  1. Le Crocodile, 100–909 Burrard
  2. Le Gavroche, 1616 Alberni
  3. Les Faux Bourgeois, 663 E. 15th

Best German

  1. Deutsches Haus (Vancouver Alpen Club), 4875 Victoria Drive
  2. Old Bavaria Haus, 233 6th St., New Westminster
  3. La Brasserie, 1091 Davie

Best Indian

  1. Vij's, 1480 W. 11th
  2. Maurya Indian Cuisine, 1643 W. Broadway
  3. Indian Oven, 2006 W. 4th

Best Japanese

  1. Tojo's, 1133 W. Broadway
  2. Guu, Various Locations
  3. Toshi Sushi, 181 E. 16th
  4. Miku Restaurant, 1055 W. Hastings
  5. Hapa Izakaya, Various Locations

Best Korean

  1. Insadong, 403 North Rd., Coquitlam
  2. Jang Mo Jib, Various Locations
  3. Seoul House Royal Korean Restaurant, 1215 W. Broadway

Best Malaysian

  1. Banana Leaf, Various Locations
  2. Tropika Restaurant, Various Locations
  3. Tamarind Hill, Various Locations

Best Mexican

  1. Las Margaritas Restaurant y Cantina, 1999 W. 4th
  2. Dona Cata Mexican Food: CLOSED, 5076 Victoria
  3. La Taqueria, Various Locations
  4. Bandidas Taqueria, 2781 Commercial

Best Middle Eastern

  1. Afghan Horsemen, 202–1833 Anderson
  2. Nuba Restaurant and Café Nuba, Various Locations
  3. East is East, Various Locations

Best Pacific Northwest

  1. Bishop's, 2183 W. 4th
  2. Raincity Grill, 1193 Denman
  3. West, 2881 Granville

Best Persian

  1. Darchin Restaurant, 801 Pacific Street
  2. Cazba Restaurant, 132 West 16th Street, North Vancouver
  3. Yaas Bazaar, 1860 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
  4. Afghan Horsemen, 202–1833 Anderson

Best Portuguese

  1. Nando's, Various Locations
  2. Portuguese Club of Vancouver, 1144 Commercial Drive
  3. Cinco Estrelas, 2268 Kingsway
  4. Senhor Rooster Restaurante Portugues, 850 Renfrew

Best Thai

  1. SalaThai Thai Restaurant on Burrard, 102–888 Burrard
  2. Maenam, 1938 W. 4th
  3. Thai Son, Various Locations
  4. Green Basil Thai Restaurant, 4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
  5. Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, 4250 Main

Best Vietnamese

  1. Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant, 3388 Main
  2. Green Lemongrass, Various Locations
  3. Phnom Penh Restaurant, 244 E. Georgia
  4. Pho Thuan An, 789 Kingsway