Judging the Burgies: 22 Burgers in Two Hours (Photos)
Twenty-two burgers. Reading the email from Gonzalez was a little surreal. "You will be sampling 22 burgers for 2 different categories. Your votes will help decide the Best Burger 2011 and Best Food Truck Burger 2011. You will receive a burger to sample every 5 minutes so prepare yourselves and if you've got stretchy pants it might be the right time to wear them, just kidding." Awesome!
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Out of many...this classic burger stood out.|
The burgers kept coming. One had too much barbecue sauce. A pork creation tasted of Asian influences. Another reminded me of the Lipton onion soup burgers that Mom thought were so creative. One restaurant shocked us all with a seafood burger. Not that it was bad -- just unexpected.
Stakes were high. This was more than a burger-judging competition; this was a Kilimanjaro climb, a marathon. This was a test of endurance.
The last burger was received with a round of applause. Providing we got through a few bites, we had made it. Bite, chew, done.
It was a long evening. After the ballots were tallied and the awards were announced, it was good to see the winners so happy. As for me, I'll stick to a normal one-burger-per-sitting rule -- at least until next year.
Here's the full list of winners:
Best Burger - People's Choice: Burger & Beer Joint
Best Burger: Burger & Beer Joint
Best Specialty Burger: The Foreman - Pincho Factory
Best Non-Traditional Burger: Bulgogi Burger - Sakaya Kitchen
Best Hot Dog: Dogma Grill
Best Fries: Charm City Burger Company
Best Mac n' Cheese: Prime 112
Best Frita: El Rey De Las Fritas
Best Croqueta: Islas Canarias
Best Pincho: Daddy's Grill
Best Pizza Joint: Andiamo's
Best Sandwich: Blue & Bacon Grilled Cheese - Ms. Cheezious
Best BBQ Joint: Bulldog BBQ
Best Dessert: Sweetness Bakeshop & Cafe
Best Onion Rings: Burger & Beer Joint
Best Bistec ala Milanesa: Luis Galindo's Latin American
Best Pasteles: Karla Bakery
Best Taco: El Jefe Luchador
Best Food Truck: Ms. Cheezious
Best Food Truck Burger - People's Choice: Latin House Grill
Best Food Truck Burger: gastroPod
|Burger and Beer Joint: People's favorite and judge's favorite.|
|Burger Beast, Sef Gonzalez, and Sugar Yummy Mama's Giselle Pinto at the Burgies|