Appetizers are no small thing in this years Tournament of Food and the trends is clear: Vegetables. Fried.
Winning the North bracket in a hard-fought battle are Gregs Pickles from Pinkys, topping Mimosa Grills seafood-stuffed hush puppies in a messy, finger-licking fight.
In the East (ironically, since theyre in Shelby), Ni Fens pork potstickers are the exception that proves the rule: not vegetable, not breaded and a crowd-backed victor over Midwood Smokehouses bacon-wrapped jalapenos, which sported bacon a little too floppy to triumph.
The Western winner is the impossibly crisp zucchini chips from Nolen Kitchen, edging 131 Mains duo of pimento cheese and guacamole by the impossibly thin width of, say, a zucchini chip.
And topping the South handily are Crepe Cellars bizarre little Brussels sprouts, who completed a Bacon Beatdown by defeating the bacon-wrapped tot duo from Frans Filling Station.
Tune in next week for the semifinalists and champion, determined by a tasting panel that will head out to assess the four this week.
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