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John Collazo, the chef and owner of the Foodster Award-winning Bad As’s Sandwich shop in the Milk District, has opened a burger version called Bad As’s Burgers in Curry Ford West District. Yes, you could make the argument that a burger is also a sandwich but let’s not niggle.

Also known as B.A. Burgers, at least on its Facebook page, the new concept moved into the storefront that previously was Kathi Rolls and before that the inaccurately named Forever Naan. (It started out as a Hungry Howie’s Pizza; anyone who ever ate one knew why Howie was hungry.) (I assume by calling it B.A. Burgers or even using the unnecessary apostrophe in As’s is meant to thwart social media algorithms.)

The menu is true to its name – all burgers and all made with meat. No chicken, no pretend meat, no vegetables or mushrooms served between buns. And the beef is all Australian wagyu. (We’ll save the discussion about the mainstreaming of the wagyu classification for another time, too, right after we get around to talking about what 100 percent angus beef means.)


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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The final Scott Joseph’s Supper Club of 2022 took place at Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe and doubled as a celebration of the restaurant’s second anniversary.

Emmanuel Clement, the chef and co-owner, designed a menu in the spirit of France’s gastronomic dinners, and he, his kitchen brigade and the front of the house staff carried it all off beautifully.

After a reception cocktail in the bar area (I had the restaurant’s signature pineapple old fashioned) we all took our seats in the dining room overlooking Lake Ivanhoe (we had the place to ourselves for the night).


Gift certs

In celebration of the holidays – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, your choice – Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide will have a drawing for a restaurant gift certificate EVERY DAY THIS WEEK.

Up for grabs are $50 to Tap Room at Dubsdread, Big Fin Seafood and Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co. Winter Park.

As with our regular drawings, winners will be selected from among the recipients of my surprisingly unannoying weekly newsletter. If you already receive the newsletter, which comes out on Thursdays, you’re already eligible for all drawings. If not, click this link and sign up. Real simple.

Drawings this week will be held at 5 p.m. and winners will be notified by email. (Be sure you sign up using a valid email address and that scottjosephorando.com is whitelisted in your email client; you’d be surprised how many winners never claim their prize.) Prizes are physical gift cards and so winners will be asked to supply a postal address.

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Winners are chosen by random number using Random.org and a numbered list of all newsletter recipients. An updated list will be downloaded each day immediately before the drawing.


Magdin money

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining promotion raised $186,805 for the designated charities this year.

The majority of the funds were distributed to The Able Trust, an organization that assists people with disabilities in obtaining employment. This year Visit Orlando also donated $2000 to one local nonprofit supporting workforce development in each of Orange County’s six commission districts. They included: BIG SIS, Inc.; Central Florida Urban League; HOPE CommUnity Center; PACE Center for Girls; Rebuild Self Care; and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

This was the 17th year for Magical Dining, which ran from late August to early October. Each year, participating restaurants offer special three-course, prix fixe menus and pledge $1 from each dinner sold. So, 186,805 people took advantage of the Magical Dining promotion at 108 restaurants this year.

Though it did not supply specific figures, Visit Orlando said that Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House was the overall top-performing restaurant this year and the Ravenous Pig had the largest increase from the previous year. Churrascaria steakhouse BoiBrazil was the top newcomer earner.

Magical Dining has raised more than $2 million for local charities since 2009.