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Update: Munch Madness 2012 heats up

Posted by Devra First  March 27, 2012 12:48 PM

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Will voters choose shrimp-and-grits-temple Hungry Mother ...


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... or home-of-the-wet-bone East Coast Grill?

This year's Munch Madness restaurant tournament proves one thing: Boston voters still love Hungry Mother and East Coast Grill -- the 2011 and 2010 champions, respectively -- as much as they ever did. The two advance to the Elite Eight.

Now comes the catch: They face each other in this round. If past competitions are any indication, it's going to get ugly. These are competitors who have sent each other fish skeletons and pig heads, formed picket lines, and hired so-called "voodoo priests" to perform hexes.

And who knows what the other restaurants are capable of? We're about to find out.

In this round, the additional match-ups are:

Ten Tables vs. Highland Kitchen
Craigie on Main vs. Franklin Cafe
Eastern Standard vs. Island Creek Oyster Bar

Does Hungry Mother have what it takes to beat out East Coast Grill again, or will East Coast Grill triumph this time around? Will voters prefer the rustic yet elegant stylings of Ten Tables or the great comfort food of Highland Kitchen? Tony Maws's pork three ways at Craigie on Main or Brian Reyelt's house-cured corned beef brisket at the Franklin Cafe? And which neighboring sister restaurant will go on to the Final Four: bistro-fabulous Eastern Standard or seafood-slinging Island Creek Oyster Bar?

Now is the time to make your voice heard. You have until 11 p.m. Wednesday to cast your vote at

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Sheryl 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.

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