The Sac Burger Battle, organized by Rodney of Burger Junkies, was held on Tuesday evening, and by all accounts, it was a rousing success, raising more than $25,000 was raised for charity.
Fifteen restaurants competed in the burger battle, and there were two categories for restaurants - the Judge's choice and People's choice.
In the inaugural Sac Burger Battle Judges Choice competition, The Chef's Table of Rocklin took first place, followed by Ettore's Bakery in Fair oaks and Restaurant Thir13en taking third.
I wasn't able to attend, but what this has shown is that the Sacramento cullinary scene continues to mature. From the high end restaurants to food trucks, we are lucky enough to have so many quality food options to choose from.
Congratulations to Rodney (Full Disclosure: The Sac Burger Battle advertised on Cowtown Eats for a month) for his very successful event. Check out his site at BurgerJunkies.com.
Read the Sac Bee's story on the evening here.
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VIDEO: Dishin' with Tina- O'Connor's Santa Maria Grill & Catering - In this edition of "Dishin' with Tina, Tina checked out the cuisine from O'Connor's Santa Maria Grill & Catering. On Good Day Sac.