Nominees for Best Outdoor Dining Foodster Award 2022

Written By Scott Joseph On June 30, 2022

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

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. 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, July 8. Finalists will be announced July 10.

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 Pizza Foodster Award

Written By Scott Joseph On June 6, 2022

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Tornatore’s, the popular College Park restaurant and pizzeria, has been voted first place in our 2022 Best Pizza Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

Bella Roma of Saint Cloud was second and Stone Fired Pizza, Edgewood, came in third.

“Tornatore’s reminds me of New York,” wrote Ross Recchion after placing his vote. Wendy N. Lowe said: “The product is always very fresh and delicious. The staff is amazing. Best around.”

Rosa Jimenez called Bella Pizza “awesome” and mentioned the “great service.” “We enjoy it there every time,” she wrote in her comment. Kaitlyn Gardner said, “Stone Fired is fairly priced and delicious.”

Read more comments on the winners and the other finalists here.

Congratulations to all the participants.

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2022 Best Pizza Foodster Finalists

Written By Scott Joseph On May 31, 2022

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Here are the finalists for the 2022 Best Pizza 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. Write-ins are not accepted for the finals.

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 pizza and the restaurant serving it. We may use your comment if your choice is declared the winner.

Voting will continue through June 5.

See the list of finalists here:

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Nominations for 2022 Best Pizza Foodster Award

Written By Scott Joseph On May 23, 2022

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

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. 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 Monday, May 30. Finalists will be announced May 31.

After voting, leave a comment telling us which pizzeria you voted for and why. Give a specific type of pie if you like. We may use your comments when the winners are announced.

Here are the nominees for Best Pizza 2022:

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2021 Best New Restaurant Foodster Award

Written By Scott Joseph On December 27, 2021

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Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe was the runaway favorite of voters for the 2021 Best New Restaurant Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. The Pinery and The Monroe tied for second place.

Other top vote getters included Tabla Winter Park and Saffron Indian Cuisine.

Because no Best New Restaurant Foodster was awarded last year, the eligibility for the 2021 award was extended to restaurants that also opened the previous year.

Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe opened in late October of 2020. It took over and remodeled the space that had previously been Mesa 21 and, before that, Gargi’s Lakeside. It is owned by the same team that has the estimable Big Fin Seafood Kitchen and the menu is under the direction of chef/partner Emmanuel Clement.

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Best Restaurant Overall 2021

Written By Scott Joseph On December 22, 2021

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Below are the nominees for the 2021 Best Restaurant Overall Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. They represent the finest of Central Florida’s full-service restaurants and excel in offering high-quality food and service in well-maintained surroundings.

To vote for your favorite, click the box next to its name and then click Vote at the bottom of the list.

After voting, leave a comment below telling us why your selection should be named Best Restaurant Overall. Be sure to mention the name of the restaurant in your comment so that we’ll know which one you’re referring to. We may use your comment when the winner is announced. Voting will continue through Dec. 31.

Scott Joseph’s Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants recognize excellence in Central Florida’s nonchain (three or fewer locations) food service and hospitality community.

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Nominees for Best New Restaurant Foodster Award 2021

Written By Scott Joseph On December 1, 2021

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Here are the nominees for the 2019 Best New Restaurant Foodster Award. Because we did not have an award for 2020, eligibility has been expanded to restaurants that opened within the past two years. Foodster Awards are for independent restaurants with three or fewer locations; chains are not considered.

To vote for your favorite newcomer, check the box next to its name and then click the VOTE button. You may vote only once.

After you make your choice, leave a comment below telling us why you think your favorite should be recognized. Be sure to mention the name of the restaurant in your comment or we won’t know which one you’re commenting on – we can’t see who you voted for back here.

Voting will continue through Dec. 23. The winners will be announced on Dec. 29.

Here are the nominees:

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2021 Best Sandwich Foodster Award

Written By Scott Joseph On November 12, 2021

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Pammie’s Sammies, the Winter Garden sandwicherie, is the runaway winner of the 2021 Best Sandwich Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

Yellow Dog Eats in Gotha was second and sentimental favorite Beefy King was third.

Other top vote getters included Bad As’s Sandwich, which was a previous winner of the Best Sandwich Foodster Award, LaSpada’s Original Cheesesteaks & Hoagies and George’s Cafe.

Pammie’s Sammies opened its Winter Garden shop just minutes before the coronavirus necessitated a shutdown and general disruption of restaurants. But owners Pam and Thorp Thomas persevered, and their restaurant has become a popular hangout. (I reviewed Pammie’s Sammies in Sept.)

Besides its ample sandwiches, Pammie’s is known for its musical atmosphere – even the menus are printed on the backs of vintage rock album covers. “Great atmosphere, food, and service,” wrote on commenter.

In voting for Yellow Dog Eats, Steve Alcorn said, “The creative combinations at Yellow Dog are always gourmet quality!”

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who voted.

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Best Sandwich 2021 Finalists

Written By Scott Joseph On November 3, 2021

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Here are the finalists for the 2021 Best Sandwich 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. Write-ins are not accepted for the finals.

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 sandwich and the restaurant serving it. We may use your comment if your choice is declared the winner.

Voting will continue through Wed., Nov. 10.

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Best Sandwich Foodster Award 2021 Nominees

Written By Scott Joseph On October 25, 2021

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Here are the nominees for the 2021 Best Sandwich Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

You may vote for as many as three nominees.

You may also write in a candidate, but please, make sure the name isn’t already on the list — if it is, your entry and any subsequent votes for it will be deleted. Also, do not nominate a restaurant with more than three locations.

The top vote getter will advance to the finals.

Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 2.

After you make your selection, leave a comment below telling us why you think your favorite should advance to the finals. Be sure to tell us the name of the restaurant in your comment. 

See the nominees below.

 

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