Starch Madness: And the #1 Spud Is…
Congrats to the winner of our ultimate fried potato bracket!
After four furious, shocking, and ultimately, fruitful weeks of potato puns and one-on-one competition, our Starch Madness tournament came down to this: two worthy, duck-fat-fried dishes from Shojo and Commonwealth.
And the winner is…Shojo, for their mapo tofu and kimchi cheese-smothered duck fat fries, a.k.a. their “Shadowless” fries. Congrats!
To get to this point, we experienced upsets like number-one-seeded Saus, a restaurant centered around succulent Belgian-style frites, bounced in the first round. We saw vindication for enduring classics like Trina’s Starlite’s tater tots and Cambridge Commons’ sweet potato fries. We collectively hailed exciting newcomers like Rosebud Kitchen (home fries) and The Bacon Truck (“The Hangover” sandwich). And we witnessed UBurger, the underdog equivalent of the 2010 Butler Bulldogs or the 2014 Wichita State Shockers, march all the way to the elite eight.
Even better, profits from the finalists are going to a good cause. When informed about their Starch Madness glory, both Shojo and Commonwealth agreed to up the ante. Not only did they donate proceeds from their “Shadowless” duck fat fries and steak-cut fries, respectively, they each pledged to donate $1,000 to one another’s respective charities (Shojo: Housing Families; Commonwealth: the Greater New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society). To thank them for this contribution, Boston will also make a $1,000 donation.