Being smack bang in the middle of awards season, we're getting used to red carpets and illustrious prizes. But there are some unsung heroes we've been eagerly waiting to celebrate, and they are the minds behind -- nay, the very foods themselves - some of the best takeaways in Ireland. 

The sixth Just Eat National Takeaway Awards took place tonight, with awards for Best Chinese, Best Chipper and Best Spicebag all doled out. The lavish event was held in Number Twenty-Two in Dublin. 

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With over 8,500 votes cast for 74 restaurants nominated across 19 categories, the shortlist is a veritable who's-who of the best foodie spots in Ireland. 

Macari's in Naas snatched the prize for Best Chipper, while Bamboo Court in Letterkenny won the award for Best Chinese. Best Pizza went to Base Wood Fired Pizza in Terenure yet again, while on the opposite end of the "healthy" spectrum, Chopped in Fairview picked up the prize for Best Salad. 

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The awards also saw three new categories opened up, reflecting the changing tastes of Irish eaters. Awards for Best Vegan and Best Takeaway Sustainability celebrated those offering more options and doing their bit to fight climate change, while Best Takeaway Breakfast finally filled the pancake-shaped hole in our hearts. 

Best Vegan went to Camile Thai in Greystones, and Best Breakfast went to McDonald's in Swords. Camile Thai in Phibsboro picked up the gong for Best Takeaway Sustainability. 

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As if choosing what to order in didn't cause enough good-natured bickering, Just Eat also asked voters to name their favourite food. And what takeaway do Irish foodies love the most? The humble but heroic spicebag. You can get the nation's favourite on in San Sab in Drumcondra, which picked up an award tonight!

Read the full list of winners below: 

Best Takeaway Chinese - Bamboo Court, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Best Takeaway Indian - Bombay Pantry, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Thai - Saba To Go, Rathmines, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Mexican  - Boojum, Kevin Street, co Dublin

Best Takeaway Japanese - Wagamama, South King Street, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Middle Eastern - Zaytoon, Camden Street, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Chipper - Macari, Naas, Co Kildare

Best Takeaway Pizza - Base Wood Fired Pizza, Terenure, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Burger - Friar's Rest, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Best Takeaway Curry - Shapla, Co Carlow

Best Takeaway Spice Bag - San Sab, Drumcondra, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Salad - Chopped, Fairview, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Vegetarian - Camile Thai, Limerick

Best Takeaway Vegan - Camile Thai, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Best Takeaway Sustainability - Camile Thai, Phibsboro, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Healthy - Burrito Loco, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Best Takeaway Lunchtime - Subway, Castletroy, Co Limerick

Best Takeaway Breakfast  - McDonald's, Swords, Co Dublin

Ireland's Favourite Dish - Spicebag

Best Takeaway Dublin - Saba To Go, Rathmines, Co Dublin

Best Takeaway Leinster - Shapla, Co Carlow

Best Takeaway Munster - Camile Thai, Limerick

Best Takeaway Connaught - Xi'an Street Food, Galway

Best Takeaway Ulster - Bamboo Court, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Best Takeaway Ireland - Saba To Go, Rathmines, Co Dublin