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.

Best Tex-Mex -- 2017 Winner Announced

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Foodster Best Tex

In the Tex-Mex category, Winter Park’s Pepe’s Cantina took the Platinum award while the charming JJ’s Grille took the gold. Cocina 214, whose very name unabashedly identifies it as Tex and not authentic Mexican (214 is the area code for Dallas), was a show, to use a racing term. (Cocina 214 hosts an annual May 5 race of chihuahuas, with, I can only imagine, teeny tiny jockeys.)

PRs platter

These restaurants are nominated for Best Tex-Mex. (Click here for Best Mexican.)

Note: Best Tacos will be a separate category to be announced later.

To vote for your favorite, check the box next to the name and then click the VOTE button at the bottom of the list of nominees. You may vote for only one nominee and you may vote only once. After you have voted, the VOTE button will no longer appear on the page.

You may write in the name of a restaurant that you'd like to nominate. But remember: The Foodster Awards are exclusively for independent businesses, defined as having three or fewer locations -- no chains. Any write-in nominees that don't meet that definition will be removed from the list. Also, do not write in the name of a restaurant or lounge that is already named in the list -- by doing so you may actually reduce the number of votes that restaurant might receive because only the votes on the first listing will be counted.

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Voting ends May 4, 2017, and the winners will be announced in the May 5 edition of my eletter.

Best Tex-Mex
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