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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.

What is the Best New Restaurant?

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Reyes exteriorReyes Mezcaleria in the North Quarter District was named Best New Restaurant of 2017

The restaurants listed here are nominated for Best New Restaurant in Scott Joseph's Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. The nominees were chosen from among the notable restaurants that opened within the past 18 months.

Unlike other categories, write-in candidates for Best New Restaurant will not be accepted.

To vote for a restaurant, click the box next to its name and then click the VOTE button. you may vote for only one restaurant. If the VOTE button does not show, it means that you've already voted for that category.

After you place your ballot, leave a comment below telling us why you think it's the Best Restaurant Overall. Be sure to give the name of the restaurant in your comment, otherwise we won't know which one you're referring to.

Voting ends Jan. 2.

Best New Restaurant 2018