2023 Best Burger Foodster Award Winners

Written By Scott Joseph On August 21, 2023

Hangry Bison burger

The Hangry Bison, the beef and bourbon restaurant in Winter Park and Winter Garden, has been voted Best Burger in our 2023 Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. It is a previous winner of the award, as is the Tap Room at Dubsdread, which earned the second highest number of votes.

The Whiskey and Johnny’s Fillin’ Station tied for third place.

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Finalists: 2023 Best Burger Foodster Award

Written By Scott Joseph On August 14, 2023

Chumley burger

Here are the finalists for the 2023 Best Burger Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. To vote for your favorite, click the restaurant’s name and then click Vote. You may select only one and vote only once.

Be sure to leave a note explaining who you voted for and why. We may use your comment when the winners are announced.

Voting continues through 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21.

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Nominees for 2023 Best Burger Foodster Award

Written By Scott Joseph On August 7, 2023

White Wolf Burger

It’s time to choose the 2023 Best Burger Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. Below are the semifinalists. During the nomination phase, you may vote for up to three restaurants. You may also enter a write-in candidate, which is subject to approval – only independent restaurants, defined as having three or fewer locations, are eligible.

After you vote, leave a comment below telling us who your nominated and why. We may use your comments when the winners are announced.

Nominations will be accepted until 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14. The finalists will be announced later that day.

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2022 Best New Restaurant Foodster Award

Written By Scott Joseph On January 2, 2023

2022 Best New Flamingos

Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen has been voted Best New Restaurant of 2022 in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants.

The Monroe, the Creative Village newcomer from Good Salt Restaurant Group, was second and The Pinery in Ivanhoe Village was third.

Only two votes separated first place from third.

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Best New Restaurant Foodster Award 2022

Written By Scott Joseph On December 21, 2022

Best New Restaurant logo

Below is the list of nominees for the Best New Restaurant Foodster Award of 2022. Nominees were selected from the list of restaurants that have opened in Central Florida over the past 18 months.

Click the name of the restaurant you’d like to see win the award and then press Vote. After you vote, leave a comment telling us which restaurant you selected and why. We may use your comment when the winners are announced. (Be sure the mention the name of the restaurant in your comment or we won’t know which one you’re referring to.)

Voting will continue through Dec. 28.

Here are the nominees:

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2022 Best Tacos

Written By Scott Joseph On September 27, 2022

Maritas Tacos

Tuesday seems to be an appropriate day to announce that Marita’s Latin Bites is the winner of the 2022 Best Tacos Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. Black Rooster Taqueria was voted second with Hunger Street Tacos only a few votes behind.

Marita’s, reviewed here in 2017, is a tiny slip of a place on Colonial Drive in East Orlando serving some pretty tasty, um, bites.

Black Rooster opened a second location recently in the Curry Ford West District and was re-reviewed here.

Hunger Street on Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park also recently opened a second outlet, inside Plant St. Market in Winter Garden. So, yes, that’s Hunger Street Plant Street.

By the way, all of these tacos are just as delicious on any other day of the week.

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Finalists for 2022 Best Tacos Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants

Written By Scott Joseph On September 14, 2022

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Here are the finalists for the 2022 Best Tacos Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

You may vote for one restaurant by ticking the box next to its name and then clicking the VOTE button.

After you vote, leave a comment below telling us WHO YOU VOTED FOR and why you think your choice should win. Be sure to mention the name of the restaurant in your comment – we can’t see who you voted for. Tell us what you like about the restaurant and name your favorite taco. We may use your comment if your choice is declared the winner.

Voting will continue through Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Here are the finalists:

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Nominees for 2022 Best Tacos Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants

Written By Scott Joseph On September 7, 2022

Taco generic

The next category in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants is Best Tacos.

Below are the preliminary nominees. You may vote for up to three candidates. Those getting the most votes will advance to the finals.

You may also write in a candidate. But remember, Foodster Awards are only for Independent Restaurants, defined as those with three or fewer locations. (Sorry, Tin & Taco, you’ve graduated.) Chains are not eligible and any write-ins that do not qualify will be deleted.

Also, do not write in the name of a restaurant that already appears on the list. Duplicates will be deleted along with any additional votes they’ve received.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 12. Finalists will be announced Sept 15.

After voting, leave a comment telling us which restaurant you voted for and why. We may use your comments when the winners are announced.

Here are the nominees for Best Outdoor Dining 2022:

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2022 Best Outdoor Dining Foodster Award

Written By Scott Joseph On July 18, 2022

taproom outdoor

The Tap Room at Dubsdread has been voted Best Outdoor Dining in our 2022 Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. Maxine’s On Shine was second and The Garlic in New Smyrna Beach third. Only one vote separated second and third places.

Tap Room was a runaway first place winner. Its wraparound veranda has long been a favorite for lunches, dinners and Sunday brunches.

In placing her vote, Betsy Landesman Jacobs wrote: “Picked The Tap Room for their beautiful porch overlooking the golf course. A bit different from the rest, and so peaceful. Good food, great staff and service.”

Maxine’s On Shine, which was also recently honored as a Bib Gourmand recommendation in the inaugural Florida Michelin Guide, expanded its outdoor dining area beyond its front sidewalk area during the pandemic to include gazebos in the small side parking lot. Although the expanded outdoor dining was meant to be temporary, Maxine’s management has petitioned the city to make it permanent.

The Garlic, an Italian restaurant, is known for its overgrown garden dining area.

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2022 Foodster Award Best Outdoor Dining finalists

Written By Scott Joseph On July 11, 2022

Outdoor dining

Here are the finalists for the 2022 Best Outdoor Dining Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

You may vote for one restaurant by ticking the box next to its name and then clicking the VOTE button.

After you vote, leave a comment below telling us WHO YOU VOTED FOR and why you think your choice should win. Be sure to mention the name of the restaurant in your comment – we can’t see who you voted for. Tell us what you like about the restaurant and its outdoor dining. We may use your comment if your choice is declared the winner.

Voting will continue through Sunday, July 17.

Here are the finalists:

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