Day 13’s birch/Mike’s Kitchen heat was a doozy, with both restaurants flip-flopping over the course of the day. Mike’s Kitchen had a lot of support – including from birch chef/owner Ben Sukle – and in the end the sixth-ranked Italian place pulled off a 5-4 upset over downtown’s fine dining. (“You’re breaking my heart again,” said one voter, “and I KNOW you’re breaking Ben Sukle’s heart.”) Mike’s Kitchen goes on to face Persimmon in Round 2.
Meanwhile, Bayon Café had no trouble at all against La Fama. They started off ahead and finished with a 4-1 victory. They’re up against Churrascaria Marques in Round 2.