Munch Madness: Winner winner chicken dinner

Well Guthrie County food fanatics, this is it.

The last four weeks of cutthroat culinary competition — and all the delicious kitchen carnage in them — have led to this moment. No more voting. No more brackets. No more predictions. Just the winner. The best of the best. The Munch Madness champion.

Of the 16 local non-chain eateries that started out in this snack smackdown, it was Panora’s Owl’s Nest and Stuart’s Los Altos that claimed a top-two spot to compete for the title. The two restaurants spent the last week frying furiously and seasoning skillfully in the hopes of being named the big cheese. For their sheer effort alone, both mealtime favorites deserve a spot in the culinary hall of fame. But like any other great sport, there can only be one champion.

In the end, it was Owl’s Nest who went home the main breadwinner. Throughout the competition, the bar left its 15 opponents in the dust trying to ketchup, and carried that trend right over the finish line. Bringing home 95 percent of the votes, Owl’s Nest dominated the final round. Crispy battered tenderloin sandwiches and spicy buffalo wings were the key to success for the Panora hot spot. Although Los Altos rode into the final round on a roll, the zesty Mexican restaurant just couldn’t take the heat, so it got out of the kitchen.

With that, Guthrie County Munch Madness has come to an end. Congratulations to all of the wonderful Guthrie County restaurants who were entered, and thank you to all of the voters who participated.

And as always, stay hungry.

Editor’s note: The Munch Madness series, and the commentary in it, is completely fictitious, and is meant to be interpreted as such. The articles in the series, and the results, are not a reflection on any of the restaurants in Guthrie County. 

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