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Upsets! Everywhere we turned, there was another shocking upset!
But were these upsets actually of another sort entirely, the kind that the savvy burger bracketologists were silently predicting all along?
In the first week of our Battle of the Burgers, our judges fanned out across the Metroplex to eat at 32 establishments, competing in head-to-head matchups.
A few titans cruised easily (pity poor Nicky D's, which went up against Fred's Texas Cafe).
A few local heroes faced down unexpectedly difficult competition but still managed to triumph. (Love Shack squeaked past Smashburger, in an epic battle we'll be talking about for years.)
But we also saw three No. 2 seeds sink: Pappas Burger, Twisted Root and the newest (and biggest) kid on the block, In-N-Out Burger.
Were our judges high on (onion) fumes? How could such scandalous upsets happen?
Well, when the competition is a sophisticated gourmet upstart like H2, an instant Dallas classic like Maple and Motor, and an old-school gem like Grumps, you could argue that these weren't really surprises at all.
Such is the joy of the Battle of the Burgers: Just when you think you've figured out the best burger in the Metroplex, another one sneaks up on you. And no matter what our judges decide, it is bound to start some juicy arguments.
Here are our takes on all 16 first-round matches. (As per the rules, judges ate at each burger spot on the same day, usually within a few hours' time frame.) And looking forward to the next round, we've got our eyes on the impressive rookie Chop House, which faces stiff competition from 2009 finalist Jakes. And our mouths are watering at the prospect of Dutch's versus Love Shack. Let the wild rumpus rage on!
(Click on each matchup to see the outcome.)
In-N-Out vs. Grumps