After a drawn out, dramatic and controversial week, we have a winner in the VBB 2013 Burger Tournament with the title of ‘Best Burger in Las Vegas’: DW Bistro! I would like to congratulate Bryce, Dalton and the entire staff who got completely involved down the stretch and pushed for all their friends, Facebook followers and customers to vote them to the top. Their New Mexican-style green chili cheeseburger and DW turkey burger definitely proved their superiority! I would also like to send major praise to runner-up View Wine Bar for a terrific run through the tournament; hopefully this contest raised awareness for some fantastic off-Strip burgers that were under the radar before. The results of the entire tournament can be seen here.
Although I contacted every restaurant at the start of this tournament, I think almost everyone completely underestimated the power of social media as some assumed Vegas favorites were eliminated possibly way too soon, and others thrived where no one thought they would. For anyone that tries to claim that these two finalists didn’t deserve to be there, all I can tell you is that the fans of these restaurants came forward more passionately than anyone else and earned every bit of their success. I’ve received countless amounts of hate mail from people, but even more praise and appreciation for putting this together. I can’t thank everyone that got involved enough; this wouldn’t have been successful without the support of my readers. And successful it was; from the start of the tournament on April 15 through end of day yesterday, the VBB racked up 34,435 visitors, 13,678 total votes through all polls, and got picked up a bit incorrectly by Robin Leach and more importantly USA Today! I would also like to send out a HUGE thank you to Eater Vegas for assistance with some graphics, and promoting the contest at each round. Oh, and also my beautiful girlfriend for putting up with my stress and obsession of constantly checking polls throughout the past 2 1/2 weeks!
Through the closing stretch some of DW and View’s fans took to the comments section to leave some colorful tidbits, and really made it fun as things came to a close. So now that the madness is over, let’s all celebrate Burger Month and pay a visit to the champion, the runner-up, and all other burger joints in town that provide us with one of the world’s most delicious meals: the burger!