Riverwalk Tampa held their 2nd annual Burger Showdown (last year’s) at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park this past Friday. The participating restaurants included: Bay Bistro Riverwalk, Beef O Brady’s, Brewburgers, Danny’s All American Diner, Eats American Grill, Fountain Square, Irish 31, The Moon Under Water and Smokey Bones. The panel of judges (a mix of Chefs and local celebrities) chose EATS! American Grill with their “Houseblend Burger” as the Best Burger in the Bay winner: …is composed of Applewood Smoked Bacon combined with a 80/20 Angus, seasoned with EATS! Rib Rub and infused with Blue Cheese Crumbles. EATS! topped the burger with Sweet White Onions sautéed in EATS! Heat 5-Pepper sauce, more Blue Cheese Crumbles, Ripe Beefsteak Tomatoes, Leaf Lettuce and served all on a classic Brioche Bun.
The Burger fans in attendance chose Danny’s All American Diner as the People’s Choice with “The Nolan Ryan“: …with pancetta pieces, cheddar cheese, ham bacon and BBQ sauce all atop the burger. The Best Use of Bacon category also went to Danny’s All American Diner while Smokey Bones won the Bring The Heat category with “The Bones Carolina BBQ Burger”: …on a pretzel bun and topped with chipotle mayo, slow smoked hand pulled pork, grilled pablano peppers, smoked cheddar cheese, hot fried onion rings and Bone’s special cole slaw.
For more event information check out: www.BurgerShowdown.org .