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Riverwalk Burger Battle Changes: Downtowner Saloon Replaces Chef Allen

With the third-annual Riverwalk Burger Battle at Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale tomorrow, some major changes have been announced.

The Burger Battle, held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, has learned that chef Allen Susser has dropped out of the event.

The owner of Chef Allen's Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens and at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, had agreed to host the evening's French-fry bar. The always-affable chef was also scheduled to serve as battle judge.

Clean Plate Charlie reached out to Susser, who declined to comment.

The

Downtowner Saloon stepped in at the last minute to sponsor the

all-important French-fry bar (because what the heck is a burger party without

fries?), and Udo Mueller, executive chef at Coral Ridge Country Club, has

agreed to replace Allen as battle judge.

Other last-minute changes 

at the Burger Battle include:

  • A

    pairing of Susie's Scrumptious Sweets dessert bar with Terrapin Moo Hoo

    chocolate milk stout will be featured at the VIP Experience.

Tickets to the VIP Experience are sold out, but general-admission tickets are still available.

The $40 GA ticket includes tastings of all 20 burgers and sliders at

the battle, the ability to vote for fan favorite, three drink tickets

good for either Barefoot wine, Jack Daniel's, Budweiser, or Voss

(additional cash bars are available), and access to the Downtowner

Saloon French-fry bar.


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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