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 Sushi 2019

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The readers of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide have voted Kabooki Sushi first place in the 2019 Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants — Best Sushi.

Seito Sushi came in second place and Kadence was third.

“Kabooki has delicious, fresh sushi,” wrote Stephanie Wood regarding her vote. “The menu is an innovate take on sushi and the daily special offerings are unique. Excellent service with knowledgeable servers. We love dining at Kabooki!”

Michele Butler wrote: “Kadence, hands down! Best, most authentic, creative sushi experience I’ve ever had. Nothing even compares.” (Watch for a review of Kadence soon.) Kadence was a winner of the 2018 Best Overall Foodster Award.

Kabooki, which opened about six years ago to near universal acclaim, recently opened a second location in Bay Hill Plaza at 7705 Turkey Lake Road. The original location remains at 3122 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando.

Seito Sushi also has a location on Turkey Lake Road, at 8031, as well as one in Baldwin Park at 4898 New Broad Street.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who voted.