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Best Power Lunch -- 2017 Winner Announced

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Tap Room power lunch

Tap Room at Dubsdread won the 2017 Foodster Award for Independent Restaurant’s Best Power Lunch category. Second place went to Nona Tap Room and third to TR Fire Grill. I can on guess that the TR stands for Tap Room.





For years, Citrus restaurant was the go-to power lunch restaurant. On any given weekday, you'd find the movers and shakers of the business community scattered throughout the restaurant, talking meetings and making deals. Mayor Buddy Dyer was such a frequent luncher that the restaurant even names a salad after him.

Now that Citrus is gone, it's time to find the new Power Lunch spot. 

The restaurants listed here are ready contenders. 

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Voting ends at midnight April 19, 2017.

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