Burgers, burgers, and more burgers — La Vida Hospitality's first annual “Burger Battle” went down yesterday (Sept. 10) at Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes, DE. La Vida put their five best chefs to the test to see who could create the best burger!
Participating chefs [ or flavor technicians as they call it ] included Chef Billy Lucas from Taco Reho, Chef Hari Cameron from a(MUSE.), Chefs Sean Corea and Matt Reardon from Fork + Flask, Chef Dom Pondalfino from Crooked Hammock Brewery and Chef Geoff Allen from Big Chill Beach Club.
How this all went down was if you wanted to judge who had the best burger it was $20 - which got you a flight and a pint of Crooked Hammocks NEW Tailgater Pale Ale. You then voted on your favorite!
Here is the line up -
TACO REHO - SLOPPY JOSE
Carne y chorizo with chilles, queso americano, warm soggy bun. (+ adding crumbled potato chips and a squeeze of lime!)
a (MUSE.) - The Smokey Max Burger
Half-smoked bacon slider, fancy sauce, cabot cheddar, pickled onion, potato roll
Crooked Hammock - Better Brunch (than Fork + Flask) Burger
Scrapple, sausage patty with jack fire bacon, on everything brioche
Big Chill Beach Club - Porky McGoo
Double smoked bentons bacon, fried onions, parmesan bacon spread
Fork + Flask - Burgers That Will Make America Great Again
Hickman's grind, Cooper Sharp American, Kirby Holloway, Pepper Bacon, Smoked Onion, Melting Pot Aioli, Small Pickle .. Oh and FREEDOM!
As you can already tell - these aren't your average burgers, and we such a difficult time deciding. There was something we LOVED about every single one of them.
Taco Reho had the perfect amount of spice (+ the chips and lime was a great touch!)
a(MUSE.) killed it with that fancy sauce.
Crooked Hammock throwing shade at their competitor right of the bat + we are huge breakfast lovers.
Big Chill definitely won most creative name in our book!
Fork + Flask .. well ... 'MERICA!
Time to cast our vote -
While we waited for the results we had a chance to sit and enjoy Crooked Hammocks new release "Tailgater" Pale Ale. It is brewed with smoked malts and Magnum, Pacifica and Citra hops. This crushable pale ale's got a hoppy backbone and smooth finish. It pairs perfectly with chilly mornings, grilled food and pregaming [These are their words not mine.] I'm not even going to try to act like I am a beer aficionado. But I do know a good beer when I taste it, and I am definitely adding it to my 'favorites' list!
We were told though that it will only be available at the brewery on Sundays during the game. So make sure you head down there next weekend to try it for yourself!
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
The winner of the first annual La Vida Hospitality BURGER BATTLE goes to:
FORK + FLASK - Burgers That Will Make America Great Again!
Congrats to Chefs Matt and Sean! You guys created one hell of a burger.
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