Eating Our Words Burger Bracket: The Final Four

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Yesterday, a scrappy underdog team from Virginia Commonwealth University upset the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks to advance to the NCAA Final Four here in Houston, blowing many people's college basketball brackets entirely to hell.

Well, burger fans, prepare to have your 2011 Burger Bracket shot to hell, too.

In a stunning upset over the weekend, small neighborhood joint Jonathan's the Rub -- until this point, most known for kicking Chron restaurant critic Alison Cook out of its establishment -- won out over what many people predicted to be the No. 1 or No. 2 burger at Vic & Anthony's.

In their tasting notes, The Thomas Family team wrote simply but staunchly:

After careful consideration, we finally decided on Jonathan's the Rub. While both places offered an undeniably juicy burger, Jonathan's delicious flavor and wonderful bun left us all in a happy place. Their cozy neighborhood ambiance also helped make our burger experience great.

But what about the rest of the Final Four burgers?

Photo illustration by Monica Fuentes

And because we know you want to see the rest of those tasting notes, they're all laid out for you below, starting with The Burger Wolf Pack team and the Pub Burger bracket.

Pub Burger

Branch Water Tavern vs. Petrol Station

This was a tough bracket, and coming off our last bracket of steakhouse quality, straight from heaven goodness, we were very, very spoiled. Having noted that, we head to the Petrol Station first for what proved to be a good burger. The meat was cooked perfect and still juicy. It was definitely tasty, and the bun and fixins were perfect.

Next day, we were off to the BWT. We had very high hopes of this velvet-wallpapered hipster joint... but unfortunately, it did not live up. The bun was flaky and dry, the bib lettuce was a poor companion to a burger, and above all the meat was really disappointing. The burger loving child inside of us, was in tears. The kobe beef meat was dry and almost tasteless, and although we all ordered medium-rare, we all received nearly well-done burgers. The final slap in the face, was the two small postage stamp bits of bacon that were hidden on the top of the burger. I can't believe they charge $13 for that burger (which by the way is more than the Vic & Anthony's burger). So, we chose Petrol Station.

Side note to Katharine:

I know this is dangerous Katharine, but it's definitely how we felt. You don't have to post it... but we wanted you to know our thoughts. After we went to the BWT we read the tasting notes of the other judging team for the BWT, and we were all pretty shocked. Maybe we just hit them on a bad day?



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17 comments
Pamcakes
Pamcakes

Petrol Station ALL the way, BABY!! They are so good that I have to get the child's serving just so I can actually finish it...the adult version would be two meals for me! And killer fries just add to it!!

Jennifer Groves
Jennifer Groves

No Red Lion Burger? For shame! They are fabulous. Get it with stilton.

CL91
CL91

I love the burger at Johnathan's, and am so glad to see that tiny restaurant hidden away in a corner spot getting some recognition!

Jhangten
Jhangten

well kyle if you wont taste the burger at jonathans you really cant bitch but you always seem to! petrol will win!!

Kevin Walker
Kevin Walker

Really? A "burger contest" in Houston and Lankfords isn't even in the competition?Unless the contest is for the "second best burger in Houston", I call total BS!

Testy
Testy

Not Christian's Totem burger in this thing? That's some bullshit.

SirRon
SirRon

Lost in some of the madness is that Team Mike's burger tasting notes could beat up the tasting notes of these judging teams.

Kyle
Kyle

I still can't really take issue with any of the winners. Jonathan's The Rub advancing steams me, but I've never tasted their burger and never will, so I can't really say if it would be better than V&A's...though it would be quite difficult.

HUBCAP SUPREMACY.

Matthew
Matthew

i love burgers, that is all.

SirRon
SirRon

The BWT experience described above is in line with mine. I like the place, but would skip the burger. You can save a buck and walk up the street to Block 7 for a better one... and wine pairs great with burgers.

Ieclaire
Ieclaire

I think the final 4 are all winners.... 4 very different burgers at 4 very different places.

Kyle
Kyle

Maybe you should read my comment again, because I said that I can't take issue with any of these advancements.

jscar
jscar

Christians and Lankfrods are not in the contest for a reason...they aren't as good, period. Of these 2 Christians wins.

Kyle
Kyle

Christian's is certainly better than many of these burgers, but the category constraints kept them out, I would say.

jscar
jscar

Maybe it did get squezzed because of the bracket breakdown, I believe it isn't as good as these 4 although I have not had Jonathon's The Rub. I like Christians but the fries keep me from going more often. Lucky's clearly got in on there hosting the event. I only had the burger there once and that was enough for me.

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