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foodWelcome to Scott Joseph's Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants.

The Foodsters are an ongoing program to recognize and celebrate culinary excellence in Central Florida. The Foodsters are open to any business with three or fewer locations -- no chains.

Winners are chosen by you, with your vote. Make your selection in each category carefully -- only one vote is allowed per person.

You may nominate a restaurant for an appropriate category, but make sure it isn't already in the list of nominees. And remember: independent restaurants only.

Who has the Best Outdoor Dining in Central Florida?

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Waterfront patio

In case you haven't noticed, the weather has been incredible lately. After a winter with two hard freezes, we're ready to reemerge and start enjoying more typical Florida weather.

That means outdoor dining. So that's our next category in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants.

Below is a list of semifinalists for Best Outdoor Dining. You may vote for up to five restaurants, or you can write in your own candidate. The top 10 vote getters will advance to the finals. The nominating phase will run through March 14. The final list will go live on March 15 through April 19. The winner will be announced April 20.

If you write in a candidate, remember that the Foodster Awards are exclusively for Independent Restaurants with three or fewer locations. Chains will not be accepted. Also, before writing in a nomination, make certain that the name of the restaurant isn't already on the list. If it's on the list, simply click the button next to it to add your vote, otherwise your vote will not be counted. See the list below:

Outdoor Dining Nominations
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