Get ready for a beefy throw down: The Riverwalk Trust Fort Lauderdale Burger Battle is arriving June 4. The greasy gathering will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Riverside Hotel Lawn (620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale).
The competition will pit 15 local restaurants against each other to vie for the title of Best Burger. Hamburger hungry fans in attendance will get to sample each of the burgers in the competition and vote on their favorite, while a panel of celebrity judges will cast the official vote and crown one meatwich as king.
The competitors are many, and include (deep breath):
Capital Grille, Morton's The Steakhouse, Pelican Landing at Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Johnny V Restaurant, Big City Tavern, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Riverside Hotel, Tarpon Bend, Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar, Ilios at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, Smith & Jones Bar and Grill, Stop Burgers, China Grill, Lauderdale Grill and Georgie's Alibi.
We're now taking bets in the comment section below on who will win the crown.
According to Riverwalk Trust's Jackie Chavez, the rules of the contest
are wide open save for one: The burgers must all be beef based (bummer
for Georgie's Alibi, who won't be able to submit their ostrich meat
burger). While the organizers didn't want to divulge who would be
judging just yet, they did give some hints. One judge is a well-know burger blogger, another a former Dolphin's player, and a third was a contestant on Hell's Kitchen.
There will be a fan favorite selection, too. Burger lovers can trek
from tent to tent, sampling the same burgers the judges will vote on.
Attendees will get a chip that they can turn it at any burger tent to
cast their vote.
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Lastly, a slider eating contest will pit a few select local celebrities
against one another in a timed match. The event is sponsored by Krystal
All this, plus three drink tickets a lifetime's worth of indigestion costs just $40 a head. Grab your tickets online at Goriverwalk.com.