The Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle is Tonight: Here's a Look at Some of the Contenders

Whose burger will get your vote?
Though some last-minute changes were thrown in the mix, the Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle forges full-steam ahead tonight with beefy offerings from local restaurants and burger experts. (Read about the changes here.) To give you a sneak peek of what to expect from tonight's entrants, Clean Plate Charlie reached out to participants via email to ask about their offerings and qualifications. After the jump, find previews from those restauranteurs who replied in time for the deadline. From the sounds of it, attendees can expect one hell of a meaty throw-down. 

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The Secret Behind Georgie's Alibi's Championship-Winning Burger

The votes are in, folks, and for the second year in a row, Wilton Manors' Georgie's Alibi claimed victory in the Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle, held Friday on Las Olas Boulevard.

For Georgie's, winning this competition two years in a row proves it can't be a fluke. This burger, a deceptively simple bacon cheeseburger on a soft egg bun, is the real deal -- or at least so say the judges at the Burger Battle along with the hundreds of happy customers who belly up to Georgie's to order one each week. 

So what's the secret behind these award-winning burgers? We asked General Manager Vincent Frato, and here's what he had to say.

New Times: First of all, how does it feel to be named Fort Lauderdale's best burger two years in a row?
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Foie Gras and Truffles Are OK -- and Other Ways to Win Tonight's Burger Contest

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Rok: Brgr, maker of this fine burger, is one of 15 restaurants competing in the Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle.
The Kansas City Barbeque Society -- the United Nations of barbecue contests -- has just three simple categories for its judges: taste, appearance, and tenderness/texture. Even still, judges and contestants in nationwide KCBS events have long complained about the criteria, mostly because critics say appearance shouldn't be given the same weight as the others.

You eat with your eyes first, they say, which is why appearance will certainly be part of my criteria when I judge the Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle tonight. To be clear, the Riverwalk Trust developed a system of criteria that the six judges will all be

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Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle is Next Friday (May 13) - Get Tickets Now!

Could this be the bun that captures your heart (and your vote)?

What better way to kick off barbecue season than with an outdoor showdown of the quintessential American backyard all-star: the hamburger. The Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle will pit more than a dozen of the region's finest burger makers against one another for top marks from a panel of judges and crowd fave (that's where you come in).

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