March 31, 2012 at 4:57am
SATURDAY, MARCH 31: EAT BREAKFAST OUT THIS WEEKEND >>>
Over the past three weeks, the Weekly Volcano challenged 64 of the South Sound's best breakfast joints to go griddle-to-griddle in a showdown of culinary combat. Some fell easily by the wayside, either due to inferior skills or simply because they faced a superior opponent. Stack by stack, we ate our way down to yesterday's Final Four: Cicada Restaurant, Moon Rise Cafe, Alfred's Cafe and Dirty Oscar's Annex. It was do-or-die, fry-or-bake, bring-your-best-pancake. After the last egg was cracked, nearly 5,000 people voted yesterday.
Believe it or not, fine readers, there have been days during the Tournament of Breakfast when, by noon or so, it was already obvious which breakfast joints would be moving on and which would be going home. There were blowouts ... oh were there ever. Sometimes, it made our job a little easier; we could work on the next day's copy at a decent hour of the evening without fear the game would suddenly turn.
Here were the match-ups:
Ciciada Restaurant (No. 10 seed) vs. Moon Rise Cafe (No. 7 seed)
Alfred's Cafe (No 1 seed) vs. Dirty Oscar's Annex (No. 2 seed)
The Moon Rise Café and Cicada Restaurant match marked the biggest comeback in a Tournament of Breakfast game. In fact, it was the biggest comeback in Weekly Volcano food tournament history. Cicada was handing it to the Lakewood café, smoking them with 70 percent of the votes at 6 p.m. Then, just as they had to do when a senior citizen rammed his car into its front dining room early this winter, the Moon Rise rallied back. Lead by its one-two punch hikers scramble special and Moonrise Benedict, with outside help from that secret homemade raspberry jam - the Moon Rise mounted a surge. When the buzzer went off at 11:45 p.m., Moon Rise Cafe looked up at the scoreboard, and collapsed with smiles at the 563-vote victory margin. It was one for the menus.
The other match, Alfred's Café and Dirty Oscar's Annex, also involved a comeback, although not as dramatic. Alfred's Café came into the tournament as the East Region's number one seed and didn't disappoint - at least in the opening 600 minutes. Alfred's lead all morning and afternoon with an average lead of 30 votes, without any help from the Internets. Its tasty biscuits and gravy, and a stream of Bloody Marys, was maintaining its lead. At 5:43 p.m., with the help of its late-rising crowd, Dirty's Oscar's poured it on - and over its pancakes stuffed with cheesy sausage. The Sixth Avenue "Public House" began racking up votes in an eye-popping display of waffle wizardry and Jack Daniels caramel cinnamon roll with poached egg cooked in the center awesomeness. In the end, when the last braised elk hash left the kitchen, D.O.A. managed to score a whopping 700 votes over Alfred's Café, and a date with Moon Rise Café in the championship game Monday.
>>> The daily breakfast battles here on Spew are sponsored by Shakabrah Java on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue.
Here we go. Moon Rise Cafe out of the West Region will face Dirty Oscar's Annex, the top breakfast out of the Greater Downtown Tacoma/Sixth Avenue Region, Monday, April 2 when the polls open around 9 a.m. Online voting runs until 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. the voting opens back up live at the Tournament of Breakfast Final Party at Meconi's Tacoma Pub & Grill, 709 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma. Ballots will be handed out, which will also serve as free raffle tickets for awesome prizes. The live vote will close at halftime of the NCAA Men's Tournament final and the South Sound Breakfast Champion will be announced.
This weekend, pack the car and eat breakfast at the Moon Rise Cafe one morning and Dirty Oscar's Annex the other morning. Compare notes with your neighbors. Then come Monday, vote here on Spew then join us at Meconi's.
Thanks again for voting.
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