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Best Barbecue Foodster Award Announced, plus reviews and news

Written By Scott Joseph On July 20, 2017

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Best Barbecue Foodster Award goes to Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa

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Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa has been voted Best Barbecue in Scott Joseph’s Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Porkie’s Original BBQ of Apopka was second, and write-in candidate Ellie Lou’s Brews and BBQ was third.

“Very tough choice,” wrote John Frost. “In the end I voted for Pig Floyd’s not just for the portions and flavors, but for the diversity of BBQ options from around the globe.” Pig Floyd’s is at 1326 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, and recently opened a second location in Lake Nona at 9680 N. Narcoossee Road, Orlando. If it keeps growing, it won’t be eligible for a Foodster Award — only non-chains with three or fewer locations may be nominated.

David Waits enthusiastically filled out his ballot and said, “Porkie’s Original BBQ in Apopka can’t be beat!”


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You know what goes well with good barbecue? Craft beer, that’s what. Voting is now open for Best Craft Beer selection, so head over to the Foodster page and enter your vote.
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“We aren’t bringing in enough money in sales,” Ottovegio said Saturday.

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