Capital Grille and Bobby’s Burger Palace are the new reigning champions of hamburgers in these parts. That’s what the second annual Burger Brawl, the fundraiser organized by Rouge and 500 Degrees owners Rob and Maggie Wasserman for Meredith Elementary School, determined yesterday. More than 24 local restaurants and chefs — Dandelion, Ela, Barbuzzo, Butcher and Singer, and Jen Carroll among them — entered their best burgers into the bout. And every entry was cooked on-site on a charcoal grill. Despite some participants’ complaints about chain restaurants being included in this year’s competition, Capital Grille’s entry proved to be the judge’s favorite, and BBP’s took the People’s Choice Award. All told, more than 600 burger-eating folks turned out for the cook-off, and the Wassermans raised more $65,000 for Meredith Elementary.
A couple of the contestants at this year’s Burger Brawl Photo: Collin Keefe