Four rounds in the books, nearly 8,000 votes cast, 30 “teams” sent packing and after all the dust has cleared only two Downtown Madness eateries remain standing in the battle for Elgin epicurean supremacy. The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin’s Downtown Madness Championship Round Match-up features 2012 defending champion Danny’s Pizza on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue, and their Sausage Pizza representing Downtown Elgin versus Paul’s Family Restaurant, 1300 Lawrence Avenue, and their Paninis representing “Crosstown” Elgin.
This is a rematch of last year’s National Semifinal when Danny’s Pizza competed in the “Crosstown” bracket in their former location on McLean Blvd before opening in downtown Elgin in October 2012. Championship Round Voting begins Friday, April 5 at 5pm and concludes Monday, April 8 at Noon, again with TWO WAYS TO PLAY TO MAKE YOUR VOTE PAY:
1. VOTE by choosing the Champion at www.DowntownElgin.com
2. VOTE AGAIN by “liking” the DNA Facebook Page then “liking” either the Danny’s Pizza or Paul’s “YOU CHOOSE THE CHAMPION” photo on Facebook
The Championship Round online voting form and Facebook “YOU CHOOSE THE CHAMPION” photos will all be posted online on April 5 at 5pm.
Votes from the online voting form and “likes” from the Facebook photo “like” contest will be combined. The winner will be awarded the 2013 Downtown Madness Championship Trophy on Monday, April 8 at Danny’s Pizza on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue, beginning with the DNA and Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Madness #TasteNTweet at 4:30pm followed by the trophy presentation at 6pm.
#TasteNTweet (or #TNT) combines the best elements of the social mixer blended with just the right amount of social media engagement into a dynamite evening of tasting, tweeting and talking. Admission is FREE. Participants are asked to bring their laptop or smartphones with to play along using hashtag #TasteNTweet. Samples of Danny’s award-winning pizza as well as soft drinks or water will be provided. Whether you’re a social media newbie or a Tweeting, Yelping and Facebooking fool, if you enjoy socializing with great company over great food, “tag” your friends and “check in” next Monday, April 8 at 4:30pm at the Downtown Madness #TasteNTweet.
This is also the last weekend for voters to pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch cards at any of the 32 participating Downtown Madness eateries and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes”. 8 punches nets you a Downtown Madness mini basketball. 16 punches = a trip to the foul line for your shot at big prizes at the Downtown Madness Trophy Presentation on April 8.
PARTICIPATING DOWNTOWN MADNESS ESTABLISHMENTS:
Al’s Cafe 43 DuPage, 847-742-1180
Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant 11 Douglas, 847-742-1460
Charles Fast Foods 59 Douglas, 847-468-0047
Chooch’s Pizzeria 64 S Grove, 847-888-0211
Chorizo Grill 440 Washington, 847-697-0001
Colonial Café 600 S McLean, 847-888-3939
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas 231 Douglas, 847-742-5400
Delicia Tropical Café 780 Villa, 847-695-6207
Domani Café 109 E Highland, 847-695-8851
Elgin Public House 219 E Chicago, 847-468-8810
Herb’s Bakery 1020 Larkin, 847-741-0249
In the Neighborhood Deli 185 Edison, 847-888-9486
In the Neighborhood Fresh Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove, 847-346-9240
JB’s Grill & Pub 297 S McLean, 847-695-0734
Jester’s Fast Foods 96 Tyler Creek, 847-622-0749
Martini Room 161 E Chicago, 847-741-0349
McGruder’s Irish Pub 1350 E Chicago, 847-931-0130
Mel’s Pizza 728 W Chicago, 847-695-8180
Mr. C’s Hot Dogs & More 1350 E Chicago, 847-888-4600
Mr. Tequila’s 51 S Grove, 847-214-2976
Nick’s Pizza & Pub 990 S Randall, 847-531-5550
On the Side Restaurant 74 S Grove, 847-214-2323
Paul’s Family Restaurant 1300 Lawrence, 847-695-8687
Pita Puff 512 Waverly, 847-622-7833
Prairie Rock Bar & Grill 127 S Grove, 630-883-8799
Ravenheart Coffee 176 E Chicago, 847-841-8451
Sherman Health Cafeteria 1425 N Randall, 224-783-8921
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 2300 Bushwood, 224-359-5458
Toom Toom Thai 23 S Grove, 847-531-8755
Villa Verone 13 Douglas, 847-742-0263
Walnut Speakeasy 214 Walnut, 847-695-2420
Wienerville III 1785 Larkin, 847-608-7801