Today marks the end of our Munch Madness: Road to the Final Fork contest and the start of our Best of the Weekly readers’ choice competition.
Readers will have until May 31 to vote for their favorite companies in dozens of categories, including Best Bar, Best Burger Joint and Best Women’s Boutique. Flip to page 6A for the Best of the Weekly mail-in ballot or visit us online to vote.
We’ll announce the winners in the June 28 edition. New this year is a reception in late June in which we’ll celebrate winners.
I enjoy the readers’ choice competition because it gives us a glimpse into the pulse of the community. But everything can’t be all sunshine, rainbows and magical journeys to Candy Land.
Every year it seems someone wants to rain on our parade and be sour about the contest not being fair because they did not know about it. If you don’t read our newspaper or engage in the community, should it bother you that our readers like a company that does? Focus that frustration on building a stronger reputation or loyalty among customers.
I also get emails from companies trying to explain to me how they have a superior product or service compared to the winner (very impressive) or asking me to tell them how many votes they needed to win (no time for that).
Again, this is a readers’ choice competition. Let’s have fun with it.
Munch Madness crowns winner
Congrats to The Bridge Restaurant in Indian Trail for winning Union County Weekly’s Munch Madness: Road to the Final Fork.
The Bridge began its journey to the Final Fork as a second seed in the Indian Trail bracket, defeating the likes of NY Pizza & Pasta, Sabor Latin Street Grill, Athenian Grill and The Trail House. It took out Emmet’s Social Table in Waxhaw to advance to the finals against Monroe favorite Stone Table.
I randomly asked one of The Bridge’s customers what was the best thing on the menu. Anita Oates gave me a slew of answers, including chicken salad, hamburger, cream corn, broccoli casserole, sweet potatoes and banana pudding.
“It also helps that the people are so fun,” Oates said.
I plan on stopping by in the coming days and will report my findings.
A lot of people wanted to know how restaurants were seeded. Since one of the primary ways to vote was Facebook, we seeded restaurants based on Facebook followers. Special consideration was given to restaurants with Union County Weekly racks inside.