Since 1981, Arkansas Times has asked readers to vote for their favorite restaurants. Our annual Readers Choice Restaurant Awards are the first and most renowned restaurant awards in the state.

Here are the rules for the survey this year:

Through Dec. 20, nominate your favorite restaurants in Central Arkansas and around the state in the categories listed here. You may only submit your votes once, but you can return to your ballot as often as you need during the voting period. Only online votes will be accepted.

To vote, you'll need to register by following the "Register/Login" link above. (This is separate from the logins you use to comment or for Digital Membership. Sorry!). To make sure you're a real person, you'll have to confirm your registration by email.

Once you're registered, click "VOTE" next to each nomination and your nomination is saved.

After Dec. 20, we will determine the top four vote getters for each category. Those four and last year’s winner will then advance to a final round of voting that will run Jan. 4 through Jan. 30.

The winners will be announced in the March 17 issue of the Arkansas Times.

Thanks for voting!