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.
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.
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.
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