Twenty Philly restaurant kitchens duked it out Sunday in the second annual Burger Brawl, a fundraiser for Meredith Elementary School organized by Rouge/500 Degrees' Rob Wasserman, and when the smoke cleared...
Two chain restaurants won the judges vote and the popular vote among the several hundred attendees.
For all the stuff that chefs felt obliged to lard on their entries, it was Capital Grille's off-the-shelf cheeseburger - a blend of chopped sirloin, smoked bacon and sweet onions - that captured the judges' (clogged) hearts.
The attendees selected a Santa Fe burger from Bobby's Burger Palace: cheese, pickled jalapenos, blue corn tortilla chips and a "crunchifier" of potato chips. Owner Bobby Flay, who did not attend, told me today how proud he is at his team at the West Philly outpost. "It's amazing to feel the brotherly love of Philadelphia in the very competitive burger business," he said.