Walkerville Eatery wins first Rotary Burger Battle

According to the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club, Windsor Restaurant has the best burgers in Windsor-Essex.

The club announced the winner of its inaugural annual Burger Fight, Walkerville Eatery, on Thursday night. Restaurateur Mark Hawken and son Joshua Bourque accepted the award.

“We are so grateful and pleased that our customers have voted us a top burger restaurant,” Hawken said. “Our teams work so hard day in and day out, it’s a testament to their focus on the quality of our food and the high level of customer service they provide. This is the recognition they really deserve.”

Walkerville Eatery is one of ten businesses in Windsor-Essex vying for the title. The others are River’s Edge Tap House, Thirsty Butler, Sandy’s Riverside Grill, Smoke N Spice, Sir Richard’s Wine and Ale House and Dugout Sports Lounge, all in Windsor; Joe Schmoe’s in LaSalle, Edna’s Restaurant by Stev on Lakeshore and Essex CREW Winery in Sri Lanka.

The contest sold more than 400 “passports” to the public, offering buy one get one free hamburger meals. Customers then vote on a scale of 1 to 5 based on scores for appearance, freshness, bread-meat balance, toppings and the statement that best describes the customer experience. Five is the highest possible score.

Rotary Club-Roseland Chair Paula Talbot said the competition was a great success and helped support all participating businesses.

“The feedback we’ve received from participating restaurants and the community has exceeded our expectations,” Talbot said. “The community has also welcomed the event, which will benefit two local charities as they have so generously purchased passports.”

Windsor Residence for Young Men and The Welcome Center Shelter for Women and Families will each receive a check from the Rotary Club on May 2.

The Pass to Burger Wars II will be available in December.

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