This year's list of semifinalists for the restaurant industry's most prestigious awards has a couple of Seattle surprises.

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The James Beard Foundation’s list of semifinalists for the restaurant industry’s most important awards is just out for 2016, and it contains what could be considered a couple local surprises:

A look inside Girin.  (John Lok / The Seattle Times)
A look inside Girin. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

And the local nominees in other national categories are:

The long list for Best Chef Northwest includes:

Finalists will be announced Tuesday, March 15, 2016, and the big dance is in Chicago on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Here’s the full list of the many, many semifinalists.