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It was another all-Cambridge battle, this time pitting Hungry Mother against Craigie on Main, and it was a tough choice to be sure: sophisticated yet homey Southern fare, or devoutly nose-to-tail creativity? Voters ordered the shrimp and grits, giving the 2011 champions another Munch Madness victory.
Hungry Mother sent a lovely sympathy bouquet to Craigie on Main. The card read: “You deserve happiness instead of heartbreak, peace instead of pain. ... May time help to ease your grief and bring you the happiness and peace that you deserve.” The Hungry Mother staff even hand-wrote a message: “Dear Tony [Maws] and staff -- With our deepest sympathy on coming in second place in 2012 Munch Madness. You’re still #1 in our hearts. Love, Hungry Mother.” (In turn, the Craigie staff sent Hungry Mother pizza from Cinderella’s. The flowers came from Central Square Florist. Even in competition, Cambridge businesses support one another.)
All of this sympathy would have been really sweet if Hungry Mother hadn’t sent the flowers in the middle of Craigie’s Saturday-night service. Voting didn’t end until Sunday night. “Don’t let Craigie on Main make a mockery of our arrogance!” they exhorted voters in a mass e-mail.
And voters didn’t.
Hungry Mother garnered 1,614 votes to Craigie’s 1,382 in the final round. (A total of 204,000 votes were cast over the course of the tournament.) The restaurant is the bona fide, Southern-fried champion of Munch Madness 2012. Congratulations to the staff, and to all of the fine restaurants and food trucks in this year’s brackets, which again reminded us what a delicious place the Boston area is to live.
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