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Polls Open for Best New and Best Overall Restaurants

Written By Scott Joseph On December 14, 2017

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Final Foodster Categories for 2017: Best New Restaurant, Best Restaurant Overall

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Our final two categories in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants for 2017 will be for Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant Overall. Polls are now open for both categories.

The nominees for Best Restaurant Overall were chosen based on past performance and critical review, previous nominations and votes, and standing in the culinary community.

The nominees for Best New Restaurant were chosen from among the notable restaurants that opened within the past 18 months.

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

Something Fishy

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Naming restaurants is hard work. Unless you go for the obvious and default to something like Joe’s Diner, it’s difficult to come up with something clever, catchy and memorable that also conveys the concept. Hawkers is one that clicks on all levels. On the other hand, just about any restaurant with a number in its name is a head scratcher. I know there’s a Tex-Mex restaurant in Winter Park called Cocina something or other, but I can never remember the number part of the name. It’s the area code for Dallas, which would count as clever for a Tex-Mex restaurant, but memorable? No.

Like I said, it’s hard work.

So what to make of Something Fishy, a seafood restaurant in Apopka? Clever? Sort of. Memorable? Yes, it is. Advisable? Ehhhhh. Should the Black Bean Deli rename itself the Musical Fruit Cafe?

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Tutto Italia

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If you plan to head out to Epcot for the Candlelight Processional, or just to see the holiday decorations, you might want to consider having dinner at Tutto Italia in the Italy pavilion to add a little buon Natale.

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Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar has Closed

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What’s that saying about too many chefs? It would seem that two chefs was one too many, at least for Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar. The restaurant in the North Quarter has closed.

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Other Stuff

Fake News: How One Man Created the Best Restaurant in London and Why You Can’t Get a Reservation

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This won’t come as a huge surprise to any of you, especially those of you in the restaurant business — or any business, really — but many of the reviews you read on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor aren’t real. I know, it’s like finding out about Santa Claus, right? (You do know about Santa, don’t you?)

And to prove it, a man in London set out to make his restaurant the number one restaurant in the city on TripAdvisor’s site. And he did it. The restaurant, The Shed at Dulwich, went from last in the site’s London listings, 18,149th, to number one, the best restaurant in one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world in just a matter of months.

There was just one problem: the restaurant doesn’t exist.

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Holiday Dining

There seem to be a lot more restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day this year. Some are serving special menus and some are just open for the hungry diner. No need to stay home on the 25th — check out the listings here.

We also have the restaurants that will be serving special menus on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

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