Burger Bracket 2012: The Elite 8
Between our last Burger Bracket 2012 announcement and today, we had an interesting development: The owners of H-Town StrEATs welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. The team is taking a well-deserved leave of absence, which means that H-Town StrEATs had to drop out of this year's competition.
Never fear: We're saving them a spot in next year's bracket, and our burger judges were quickly dispatched to El Gran Malo instead. The gastrocantina's chorizo-and-fried-egg-topped torta burger stepped in to fill the Extreme bracket.
Did the torta burger advance? Find out below.
Each team also helpfully sent us the tasting notes they used to determine the winners in each bracket. The notes have been transcribed in their entirety -- including one epic burger poem from Team Burgerteers that you simply must read.
Photo by Mai Pham Mockingbird Bistro
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Bracket: Fancy-Pants Burgers
Down House - Great use of local ingredients. The cheese had wonderful flavor. It was the meat that was a little bland and not consistently cooked. There are a lot of great things happening for this burger, but the meat fell short.
Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro - Amazing flavor! The mango chipotle salsa with the "panther" sauce was a great balance of sweat/spicy. The meat also did not fall short and was perfectly cooked and seasoned. This burger may not be for everyone because of the spice, but it was tantalizing to our palates.
Mockingbird Bistro - This burger definitely matched up to the wonderful atmosphere of this place. A well cooked and seasoned burger was definitely set-off by the other accoutrements on the plate. The Gruyere cheese in all of its melted glory was just the right touch to make this one of the better burgers.
Block 7 Wine Company - This unsuspecting burger packed a ton of flavor. Though there is a lot going on with this burger flavor wise, (the bacon "relish", the arugula, and the aioli (with a little Dijon)) no one flavor overpowered the wonderfully seasoned and prepared meat.
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