Battles

Who’s the best of the best? You be the judge!

GrillFest wouldn’t be complete without the famous Burger Battle, presented by Hop Valley Brewing Co., and the celebrated Smirnoff Vodka’s Bloody Mary Battle. To celebrate 10 years of GrillFest we added a new battle to the lineup of tasty competitions, the Margarite Mania Battle hosted by Milagro Tequila!

New to GrillFest in 2022 was the People’s Choice Award. Guests were invited to cast their vote to crown the next battle champions, alongside the Judge’s Choice Award, where our panel of celebrity judges used their culinary skills to select their own champions. Winners were announced voting closed on Sunday, May 22.

 

NICE BUNS

Local restaurants and bars went head-to-head to become the next Burger Battle Champion, presented by Hop Valley Brewing!

2022 BURGER BATTLE CHAMPIONS: 

  • People Choice Champion: Stockyard Tavern & Chophouse
  • Judge’s Champion: Northern Fire Grilling & BBQ Supply

PARTICIPANTS:                                                 

  • Northern Fire & BBQ Supply           
  • Stockyards Tavern & Chop House
  • The Loop
  • The St. Paul Grill   

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EVERY BLOODY NEEDS SOMEBODY

Acclaimed Bloody Mary mixes and spices went head-to-head to become the 2022 Bloody Mary Battle Champion, presented by Smirnoff Vodka!

2022 BLOODY MARY BATTLE CHAMPION:

  • People Choice Champion: Kickled Mary
  • Judge’s Champion: Kickled Mary

PARTICIPANTS:

  • 2 Dads
  • Calvin & Cleo’s
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Kickled Mary
  • Sideshow Bloody Mary Mix
  • Zing Zang

NEW IN 2022

DROP US A LIME

If life gives you limes, make margaritas! Local restaurants and bars competed to become the inaugural Margarita Mania Champion, presented by Milagro Tequila! 

2022 MARGARITA MANIA CHAMPIONS:

  • People Choice Champion: Nico’s Taco & Tequilla Bar
  • Judge’s Champion: Momento Restaurant and Bar

 PARTICIPANTS: 

  • 2 Dads
  • Kendall’s Tavern & Chophouse
  • Momento Restaurant and Bar
  • Nico’s Taco & Tequilla Bar
  • The St. Paul Grill

2022 SPECIAL CELEBRITY JUDGES

Amy Nelson

Editor, Minnesota Monthly

Erin Good

Instagram Influencer

Jason DeRusha

Food Editor, Minnesota Monthly

Kelli Hanson

Twin Cities Live

Terry Mattson

President & CEO, Visit Saint Paul

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