This is it. The final hurdle for two restaurants that have braved the winds of social media opinion. The final chance for you, the reader, to weigh in on which restaurant deserves the title of Best Restaurant in Lawrence (as determined by RCT readers).
In one corner, representing the Rio Adams region, the 9th seeded Sandwich Bowl defeated a slew of restaurants on the way to the finals. They started with a walloping of 8th-seeded Genovese (74%), eeked out a victory against 16th seeded Slow Ride Roadhouse (51%), put up a solid victory against Rudy's (67%), overpowered the truffle sauce of Dempsey's (52%), and inched ahead of Pizza Shuttle in the Final Four (51%). They've shown both the ability to run roughshod over an overmatched opponent and also to hang tough in the face of adversity. The fact that they undoubtedly have the approval of Reuben doesn't hurt their cause either.
In the other corner, representing the Gilbert Brown region, the 10th seeded The Roost ran its own gauntlet of opponents to reach the finals. They started by taking down another sandwich shop, 7th seeded Yello Sub (51%), taking down a not-so-happy-to-be-included 15th-seeded Basil Leaf Cafe in the second round (51%), snuck by the 11th-seeded Wheat State Pizza in the Sweet Sixteen (52%), finally ended the run of up-start The Flamingo Club (56%) and edged out Bigg's BBQ in the Final Four (51%). They have refused to wilt under pressure, but it remains to be seen how they will handle an early deficit.
The voting period runs for an extra day, so make you sure get out the word and make this the highest vote total of the bracket.