Posted by Devra First March 27, 2010 11:18 AM
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I'm out. I thought Craigie on Main would win this one. But East Coast Grill proved too hot to handle. Craigie's tasting menus, incredible cocktail program, disciplined devotion to all things local, and darn fine burger were no match for spice rubs, Inner Beauty hot sauce, seafood, barbecue, and flaming volcano drinks. Call it a match of intellect vs. emotion. Emotion won.
I also thought Toro would win this one. It did. By 2 votes over Ten Tables. Valiantly fought. Maybe it's the long winter grinding to a halt, but we are in the mood for fun. Voting is veering decidedly in that direction. Not that Ten Tables and Craigie aren't fun -- they are. But East Coast Grill and Toro are more explicitly geared toward a good time. Less tablecloth-y. More raucous.
Witness Hungry Mother beating out high seed Oleana. Orinoco trouncing Grill 23. And the Franklin -- the Franklin! -- thumping L'Espalier -- L'Espalier! -- by more than 300 votes (out of 2,402).
Ready for another shocker? Hamersley's beat No. 9 Park, by 18 out of 2,474 votes.
Eastern Standard took down Sel de la Terre in this round. And Blue Ginger continued to prevail, triumphing over Sportello. (Tough round for one B. Lynch, who's probably focusing on other things right now anyway.)
Here's where we stand going into Round 4:
Toro vs. Hamersley's Bistro
Hungry Mother vs. the Franklin Cafe
Orinoco vs. Blue Ginger
East Coast Grill vs. Eastern Standard
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ContributorsSheryl Julian, the Globe's Food Editor, writes regularly for the Food section.
Devra First is the Globe's food reporter and restaurant critic. Her reviews appear weekly in the Food section.
Ellen Bhang reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe and writes about wine.