Tap Room at Dubsdread has won the title of Best Burger in the first of Scott Joseph’s Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Second Place goes to The Whiskey, the Sand Lake Road tavern and restaurant.
Teak Neighborhood Grill takes third place, beating Smiling Bison by merely one vote.
Long a local favorite, the Tap Room Classic Cheeseburger is a half pounder of certified angus beef that according to Tap Room owner Steve Gunter is pattied fresh before every shift. “So of course it’s never frozen,” he added. The burger is also topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese after being cooked to the guest’s specified degree of doneness.
Gunter would not reveal the ratio of lean to fat for the patty, which is an important factor in any burger. “It’s enough to give it flavor but not so much to make it gross,” he said.
Gunter said he was honored to be the first winner of a Foodster Award. Winning something from one of the mainstream media outlets is always nice, said Gunter. “But winning an award from Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide means a whole lot more because your readers are more passionate about their food.”
The Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants were created to honor excellence in food and beverage in Central Florida. Candidates for the awards are limited to businesses with three or fewer locations, so most chains are ineligible.
The Foodster Awards will continue throughout the year with new categories introduced monthly. Current categories include Best Cocktails and Best Pizza. The Best Cocktail award will be announced on January 26 in the weekly SJO e-letter.
Tap Room at Dubsdread is at 549 W. Par St., Orlando.