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Most chefs and restaurateurs will probably tell you their jobs are not just about the recognition, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a little jazzed when they get a nod of approval from one quarter or another. Last night, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced its finalists for the 2016 Rammy Awards — which, standard disclaimer, are only open to members of the organization.

And, as we wonder every year, if someone has figured out where the line is between “upscale casual” and “everyday casual,” we’re all ears.

The Rammy winners will be announced at a gala June 12. Here are the restaurant nominees:

New Restaurant of the Year: A restaurant that must have opened between December 1, 2014, and November 30, 2015, and already distinguishes itself as a pacesetter in food, beverage and service.

  • Centrolina
  • Clarity
  • Convivial
  • Maketto
  • Masseria by Nicholas Stefanelli