And down go eight more: After a series of vicious face-offs in the closing hours of the Sweet 16, eight Beijing restaurants have survived to make it into the next round – send them through to the Final Four by voting here now:
In the two closest contests of the match, Blue Frog narrowly avoided defeat at the hands of Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q, and The Local squeezed by Courtyard 4 neighbor Q Mex by a mere handful of votes. Top seeds reigned in most other matches, with seven of eight of the top two seeds in each division making it to the next round.
The underdog The Garage, which made it farther than expected for a 12th-seeded venue, was knocked out by Great Leap Brewing.
Eight of Beijing’s best burgers remain in competition from the original 64, and now the choices get really tough, given what remains is 80 percent of Beijing’s Top 10 burgers.
Can Let’s Burger knock off perennial champion Home Plate? Can The Local fend off the behemoth that is Blue Frog? Can Union shoot past Slow Boat? And will The Big Smoke hold out over Great Leap? No matter how you slice it, these matches are tough to call:
Home Plate BBQ (#1) vs Let’s Burger (#2)
Blue Frog (#1) vs The Local (#2)
Slow Boat Brewery (#1) vs Union Bar and Grille (#3)
Great Leap Brewing (#1) vs The Big Smoke (#2)
Keep your favorite burger place’s winning streak alive by casting your ballot in the Elite Eight here now: thebeijinger.com/2015burgercup – you have until Thursday (Sep 10) at noon to vote in this round.
A summary of all of last round’s blow-by-blow action can be found here.
This post first appeared on thebeijinger.com on September 6, 2015.