Riverwalk Burger Battle Changes: Downtowner Saloon Replaces Chef Allen

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The Riverwalk Burger Battle has gone through some last-minute changes.
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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I heard Chef Allen is out at his eponymous burger bar.  Anybody else heard this?

John L
John L

You can also look for reigning champ Georgie's Alibi paired with beers from Oskar Blues and Blue Point in the VIP experience!

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