In what was a tense competition, Tongue & Cheek emerged victorious after a rough start on last evening's episode of Best New Restaurant.
Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Bravo Tongue & Cheek advances to the semifinals.
The SoBe restaurant competed against Austin's Porter Ale House for the "Battle of the Burgers."
Once again, Tom Colicchio was joined by Maggie Nemser and Jeffrey Zurofsky for the Cheek's pressure test, during which DeRosa and his general manager, Gustavo Rech had two hours to provide a full meal service for 30 diners.
Before the service, Tom tried Chef DeRosa's crispy pig ears and beef cheek burger and was impressed, saying, "The chef has got an amazing technique. This is the best of both worlds -- a fun place with really great food." Tom, however, cautioned that the restaurant was still quite new and, although DeRosa has decades of experience, having your own restaurant is a much different experience.More »