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.

Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Wins Best Microbrewery Foodster Award

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Ivanhoe Park exteriorIvanhoe Park Brewing Company

Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company is the overwhelming winner of our Best Brewpub/Microbrewery Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. Winter Garden’s Crooked Can Brewing Company was voted second most popular and relative newcomer Sideward Brewing Co. took third place.

“Ivanhoe has my vote!” wrote Erica Konyak. “All the beers are good, and I love that their head brewer is female.” (That would be Amanda Mailey.)

“Love it love it,” wrote Kevin QKev about his vote for Ivanhoe Park. And Rosalinda Torres declared, “Ivanhoe beer is magic in a brew.”

Crooked Can is the anchor of Plant Street Market and its brews are often seen on restaurant and bar beer lists throughout the area.

Sideward Brewing is one of the newer additions to Orlando’s Milk District. It’s small but it’s making an impact. And watch for a collaboration with cross-street restaurant MX Taco and Tin & Taco. The two taquerias will soon start selling a beer brewed especially for them by Sidewards.

Congratulations to the winners and all the finalists.