ASHEVILLE NC – They came, they saw, they devoured. Over 1,500 eager foodies joined a panel of celebrity judges Sunday, Aug. 21 for the third annual WNC Battle of the Burger in Asheville.
After the last taste was tested, a new ground chuck champion was crowned.
Kitchen 743 at Isis Music Hall has taken home the coveted title of WNC Battle of the Burger winner.
“We were surprised with the win because there’s some seriously awesome burgers in this town, but we’ve never doubted that our burger is really tasty,” said Josephine Woody, of the family-owned Kitchen 743. “We’re excited that we entered and won, and can’t wait for folks to come in and enjoy our burger and all our other amazing menu offerings.”
The win gives Isis a golden ticket to the nationally televised World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Fl. to complete for the title of World’s Best Burger.
The Isis Burger stacked Hickory Nut Gap beef, heirloom tomatoes, baby romaine, shallot aioli, aged sharp cheddar and savory nueske bacon on a soft housemade roll.
“Isis was the last burger we were served in a blind tasting of 10 burgers, and as soon as we all tasted it, the five (judges) at the table kind of moaned in unison, ‘That’s the one,” said food writer and WNC Battle of the Burger celebrity judge Jonathan Ammons. “It’s funny, because I think most of us at that table tend to think of Isis as a music venue more than a restaurant, but that was a damn fine burger and I was definitely surprised when they revealed who it was we’d selected as the winner.”
Isis went head-to-head against fierce competition, beating out former champions, and 2016 People’s Choice winner Rankin Vault.
About Isis Restaurant and Music Hall
Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, located at 743 Haywood Rd., in Asheville, NC is a premier concert venue, bar, and eatery in the heart of West Asheville. In 2015, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall was honored with the Momentum Award Venue of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Their name gives a nod to the building’s history – a single screen cinema built in the mid 1930’s. The Isis Theater was a community hub for nearly two decades. Today, this art deco style venue hosts some of the best artists and musicians in the nation. With two stages, multiple bars and pet-friendly outdoor patio, this family-owned and operated venue is one of the hottest spots in the city for an eclectic array of live music and fine casual dining.