May we present the Burger Brackets' Final Four competitors?
-- Brooks' Sandwich Shop emerges the winner of the North, its classic old-school style and taste helping it past Dilworth stalwart The Comet Grill, which produced an uncharacteristically dryish burger for the matchup.
-- Mueller's Neighborhood Grill wins the South bracket, nipping the much-heralded granddaddy Zack's Hamburgers with heft and flavor.
-- The Liberty edged past Pinky's Westside Grill in the closest match of the Elite Eight competition. Though quintessentially different in style, the beefy quality of the former came through in the head-to-head, with Pinky's serving up a slightly overcooked patty.
-- And Big Daddy's Burger Bar rolls easily to the East crown with a juicy performance that outdid Lulu's efforts.
That pits Brooks' against Mueller's for the Old-School Bracket bragging rights, and The Liberty faces Big Daddy's for New-School honors. Those and the final will now be judged by a tasting panel, and the results announced in the April 1 CLT section.