Since Tony's Market moved in across the street from the Westword office at 950 Broadway, we've been making a lot of runs to the store. But nothing beat our most recent mission: joining a crew of faithful customers and founder Tony Rosacci to judge specialty burgers, all created by staffers at the four Tony's outlets.
We ate chicken-fried steak burgers, Popeye's bison burgers, Asian burgers and La Hamburguesa. And when all was said and done, the winner was the eleventh, and last, burger we tried: The Local, created by Josh Rosacci, grandson of Tony and son of chef Mick Rosacci.
The Local boasted a sky-high stack of local produce -- corn, tomatoes, zucchini -- on top of a ground pork patty. And even though we'd d already sampled ten burgers, this one had us going back for more -- if only because it was difficult to get your mouth around everything in just one bite.
Other judge-pleasers: The Gandenberger Burger by Kris Gandenberger, which won for Best Taste; Joe Moschetto's Popeye Bison, which took the Healthiest award; and the "We Know Its Unhealthy But It Tastes Sooo Good Burger," the Heffer Burger, by Josh Harbert, a more sophisticated patty melt (mushroom soup on top!) that we're looking forward to ordering on the first cold day of fall.
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Josh Rosacci is based at the Broadway store, where his winning recipe could soon be included in the lineup of burgers offered in the Bistro at that location.