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 Takeout 2020 Finalists

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Below are the finalists for Best Takeout 2020.

You may vote for only one restaurant one time. Write-in candidates are not accepted. When deciding whom to vote for, consider the food, of course, but also consider the takeout experience. Give special consideration to the restaurants that have had to reconfigure their business model to provide takeout during the pandemic.

Items for evaluation:

  • Takeout menu: Is there a special menu that focuses on foods that are appropriate for takeout
  • Ease of ordering: If by phone, is the person taking the order courteous and careful? If online, are the descriptions concise and thorough, and are you able to complete the transaction easily?
  • Pickup experience: Was the food ready when promised? Was curbside pickup provided?
  • Packaging of the order: Clearly marked containers and attention to items that might spill.
  • Quality of the food: Was everything properly prepared and did it taste good? No need to deduct points for food that has to be reheated – that’s sometimes the nature of takeout.

After placing your vote, leave a comment below telling us who you voted for and why. (Be sure to mention the restaurant’s name; we can’t see who you voted for.)

Voting ends Sunday, June 14, at midnight.

Best Takeout 2020 Finalists
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