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Christner's Wins 2019 Best Steakhouse Foodster Award

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Christners dining room

The readers of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide have voted Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster Best Steakhouse in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Longtimer Linda’s La Cantina was second and Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria came in third.

Christner’s recently celebrated its 25th anniversary (though its first 20 years were as Del Frisco’s) and was the subject of a review in November. “Best steaks in town,’ wrote Tomas DeAddio. “Love Bull but it's about the steak and Christners is number one.”

“Christners by far,” said Beat Gfeller. “There should not even be a vote. Everything else is fake news.”

Following her vote, Trisha Malkiewicz Colvin wrote, “Love La Cantina. Their ribeye is the best and I love the casual homey feel.”

And Michael V. Elsberry said, “Voted for Christner’s as Best, but best value is Linda’s based on price and quality. Can’t beat. Christner’s filet however!”

Nicole Giordano preferred Bull & Bear. “Great service, nice ambiance, and the best food. No knife needed to cut your steak. Super tender and flavorful. #1 for sure, no question.”

Thanks to everyone who voted and commented. And congratulations to the winners.