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The votes have been tallied for the first Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Awards Ceremony, and the results just might surprise you. 

At a gathering last night at Bridge Ten Brasserie on Pittsburgh's South Side, River City Grille in Cranberry won the PRABBY for Best Overall Dining Experience during the city's summer restaurant week (Aug. 12-18). During the seven-day celebration, the hotel restaurant offered a $35 three-course meal that included an entree choice of Skuna Bay Salmon, Seared BBQ Dry-Rubbed Flatiron Steak or Stuffed Cornish Hen. 

In case you're wondering, PRABBY is shorthand for "Pittsburgh Restaurant Awarded Best by Yinz," which means diners are the ones who voted. The friendly competition between more than 70 participating restaurants in and around the city was held online and included five categories. 

Other awards (and winners) include: 

* Best Preview Taste -- Skinny Pete's Kitchen in Avalon, for a delicious green chile soup with chicken and roasted corn and Caprese salad with smoked mozzarella served at PRW's Preview Party at the National Aviary on Aug. 8. 

* Best Dining Deal - Texas De Brazil in Station Square, for a $35 three-course fixed-price meal that included a gourmet salad bar and all-you-can eat grilled beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage. 

* Most Mouthwatering Special -- Braddock's American Brasserie in the lobby of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on Sixth Street, Downtown. Diners voted on the dish they were most eager to try; Braddock's whetted the most appetites with a $30 special that included pierogies, filet mignon and white whiskey and berry cobbler. 

* Most Photogenic/Best Public Photo -- Escabeche at Meat and Potatoes08272013prabbybestphoto
During Restaurant Week, diners tweeted/uploaded photos of their favorite RW dishes. The top 10 images were put to an online vote, and Carnegie Mellon University grad student Pui Siripha Junlakarn won for a picture of the Spanish pickled fish dish (at right). According to voters, the restaurant crafted the picture-perfect dish. 

Photos: Jeffrey Perry (top) and Pui Siripha Junlakarn (right)

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