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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.

Upstart Hangry Bison Takes Best Burger Title

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Newcomer The Hangry Bison has been voted Best Burger 2018 in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Perennial favorite Tap Room at Dubsdread was second. Kiwi’s Pub & Grill of Altamonte Springs was third.

If you need any further demonstration that every vote counts, consider this: only three votes separated first place from second place.

The Hangry Bison is merely months old but the Winter Park Villager has become a burger destination.

“Come hangry, leave happy,” wrote Roxanne Marie Mojave after placing her vote. “The Hangry Bison has the best beef,” added Billy Dover.

“Tap Room is always number 1,” wrote Teresa Luttrell Castleman. And it was in 2017 when it took first place in our first ever Foodster Award poll.

“What an array of burger options at Kiwi’s!” said Jim cain. “Kiwi’s Pub & Grill is primarily a sports bar, but they put a lot of emphasis on the quality of their food and drinks.” Kiwi’s is a place that has escaped my notice, but I’m planning to attend soon.

Our final two categories for the year will be Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant Overall. Watch for the nomination phase next week.