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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the newest Foodster Award Winners

Written By Scott Joseph On May 5, 2017

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It’s Cinco de Mayo, another obscure holiday from another country co-opted by Americans as an excuse to excessively eat and drink. (If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory of Cinco de Mayo, I explain it in this column from the archives.)

Personally, I’ve never needed an excuse to excessively eat and drink, but if you’re psyched for Cinco, consider visiting one of our newest winners of Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants.

For Best Mexican, the readers chose Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant. This is the restaurant on North Semoran Boulevard, just north of Colonial Drive. It is not associated with the similarly named Garibaldi Mexican Cuisine. Here’s the review I did of Garibaldi just after it moved into its larger space not very long ago.

Second place went to Agave Azul and voters chose Rick Bayless’s Frontera Cocina at Disney Springs for third place.

In the Tex-Mex category, Winter Park’s Pepe’s Cantina took the Platinum award while the charming JJ’s Grille took the gold. Cocina 214, whose very name unabashedly identifies it as Tex and not authentic Mexican (214 is the area code for Dallas), was a show, to use a racing term. (Cocina 214 hosts an annual May 5 race of chihuahuas, with, I can only imagine, teeny tiny jockeys.)

We’ve also just launched an ancillary category: Best Craft Tacos. Head over to the Foodster page now and vote for your favorite. (One of the nominees, Black Rooster Taqueria, is offering a coupon so you can try before you vote.)

Congratulations to the recent winners, good luck to the Taco Crafters, and may the best chihuahua win.

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