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EATER AWARDS 2012— Eater Readers have been weighing in all week, choosing their top three choices in categories like Restaurant of the Year and Bartender of the Year for next Monday's Eater Awards. There's still time for voting in a new category, Stone-Cold Stunner, focused on restaurant design.

OPEN THREADS In-N-Out Burger, Steak 'N Shake and Umami Burger are just a few of the chain restaurants that Eater readers are dying to see come to DC.

DOWNTOWN— Though Woodward Table isn't officially open in the former Potenza space, Eater got a look at the design of the restaurant from Jeff Buben, which has an open kitchen and a takeout market.

WATERFRONTCityZen's Jarad Slipp shares war stories in Eater's Gatekeepers feature, talking about how hard it is to get reservations at the four star restaurant from Eric Ziebold.

PENN QUARTERIt's finally here. The much-anticipated reopening of the newly designed, bigger and pricier minibar from José Andrés took place Wednesday.

GEORGETOWN— Take a tour inside the new Farmers Fishers Bakers, which opens today in the former Farmers & Fishers space at Washington Harbour. There's a sushi bar, pantry and a whole new design to the expanded restaurant.

EVERYWHERE— Even restaurants got swept up in Election Night fever, whether it was excitement over the President's re-election or bemusement over the ignorance of the American electorate.

BALLSTONLeek American Bistro, from chef Nathan Spittal, has opened its doors in Ballston, serving regionally-inspired dishes and lots of Virginia wine.

TOP CHEFFAGETop Chef: Seattle debuted Wednesday night. Three local chefs appeared on the program. Comedian Max Silvestri recapped the episode for Eater National, and contestant Dan O'Brien gave Washingtonian an interview about his experience on the program, particularly from an omelet-making perspective.