My alma mater, Butler University, didn't fare so well in the NCAA championship game on Monday night, but Kansas City's Blanc Burgers + Bottles -- owned by chef Josh Eans and Ernesto Peralta Jr. -- scored all the right points: For the second year in a row, the upscale burger bistro won the burgerbusiness.com Burger Bracket competition.
Fans of individual restaurants and national chains voted on the burgerbusiness.com website. Blanc Burgers + Bottles, which has two locations in the metro, received more votes than such national chains as Red Robin, Hardee's and Wendy's. A year ago, Fat City's Jonathan Bender reported how Blanc also had won the 2010 Burger Brackets competition.
Last year, Eans and Peralta celebrated their first win by offering special slider burgers at both Blanc locations as a two-day special. This week -- on Friday and Saturday only -- Eans is introducing a new special burger in honor of the second Blanc win.
"It's an Oscar burger, based on the classic Steak Oscar," says Eans. "It's a half-pound grilled Kobe patty topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, grilled asparagus and a chilled aioli created from traditional bearnaise sauce. We're serving it on a rosemary brioche bun."
The new burger will be priced at $18, and Eans is eager to get customer feedback on the sandwich because he's thinking about adding it to the new menu, which is scheduled to be introduced in a few weeks.
"We're dropping the surf-and-turf burger," says Eans, referring to the $21 lobster-topped burger that was introduced at the Plaza Blanc location. "We didn't sell a lot of those burgers in Leawood and just a fair amount on the Plaza."
Eans says he was surprised that Blanc Burgers + Bottles won a second time at the burgerbusiness.com competition. "I was pretty thrilled that people came out and voted for us again."