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Central Florida restaurants are adapting to the changing strictures being imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are details that some of your favorite restaurants want you to know regarding how they're dealing with the crisis and what they're doing to keep their kitchens busy and people fed.

We'll share the information from other restaurants as it becomes available, so check back often.

Each entry has the information that was submitted by the restaurant, including, where available, hours of operation and links to menus. In most cases, menus are limited. All information – including menus posted here – is subject to change so be sure to check with the restaurant before ordering.

Key: TO=Takeout, D=Delivery, CP=Curbside Pickup

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Here are the nominees for the Best Tacos Foodster Award for 2020.

During the nominating phase, you may vote for up to three of your favorites. The restaurants getting the most votes will advance to the finals.

You may also nominate a restaurant that isn't currently on the list. Click "Write In" and enter the name of the restaurant. Be sure to check that the restaurant's name isn't already listed. Duplicate names will be deleted along with any votes that may have been cast. Also, the Foodster Awards are for Independent Restaurants, defined as those having three of fewer locations. Write-in nominees of chain restaurants will also be deleted.

After you vote, leave a comment telling us who you voted for and why. Be sure to mention the restaurant's name in your comment or we won't know who you're talking about.

Nominations will continue through March 9. Finalists will be announced March 11.

Here is the list of nominees:

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F2F20 crowd

The day couldn’t have been more perfect for the seventh annual Field to Feast, sponsored by our friends at Edible Orlando with Walt Disney World Resort. The day was sunny and crisp, and luckily the light wind was blowing the smoke from a brush fire away from Long & Scott Farms where the event took place on Saturday, Feb. 22.

F2F is a fundraiser for Second Harvest Kids Cafe that features food stations helmed by some of Disney’s top chefs assisted by a small army of cooks and wine experts. Once again, this year’s wine selections were chosen by master sommelier George Miliotes of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs. With a donation of $65,000 from Walt Disney World Resorts, announced by Jean Marie Clement, vice president of food and beverage, the event was expected to raise nearly $100,000 to help feed hungry kids in Central Florida.

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Elize tuna

I’ll admit that I mourned a little bit when I first heard the news that Rusty Spoon had been sold. I considered it to be one of Orlando’s true gems and its chef/owner, Kathleen Blake, one of our culinary stars. Losing it and K Restaurant seemed like a double punch to the literal and figurative gut.

And hearing that Rusty Spoon’s name would change to Elize with a menu featuring cuisine from the Netherlands didn’t inspire bated anticipation.

But the food at Elize, though decidedly different from that of Rusty Spoon, is every bit as wonderful, and the dining experience is exceptional enough to place it not only on the list of downtown Orlando’s must-visit restaurants but all of Central Florida’s as well.

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Henry MosoPhoto of Henry Moso, Kabooki Sushi, via Facebook

Henry Moso of Kabooki Sushi has been named a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award as a Rising Star Chef of the Year. The category honors exceptional chefs under the age of 30.

Moso, 29, is the only Central Florida chef to be nominated in any category.

Twenty-nine young chefs are on the list of Rising Star semifinalists, which will be pared to five names in an announcement on March 25. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Chicago on May 4.

Six chefs from five South Florida restaurants were among the list of 20 nominated for Best Chef: South, a region that also includes Alabama, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, Mississippi and Louisiana, or more precisely, New Orleans.

Representing the Sunshine State are:

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Twisted Root burger view

Twisted Root Burger Co. is an odd name for a burger joint, so you’d think there might be a logical explanation for it. But I’ll address that later. TRBC is a youngish chain out of the Dallas area with a hefty handful of locations. The one that opened recently on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park is one of 17.

Owners Jason Boso and Quincy Hart started the concept in 2006 after meeting in culinary school, where they both were seeking new careers after jobs in stock brokerages and telephone line repair. That first Twisted, in Deep Ellum, a Dallas neighborhood, caught the attention of Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” television program, and, as has happened so many times before, it took off.

The newest Twisted is in the Grove at Winter Park shopping mall on Aloma Avenue at Old Howell Branch Road. The entrance sits under a marquee-like sign. You can spot the front door because it says “Get you buns in here” right next to it.