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Vote On The Final Four In Our 2017 Best Burger Bracket

By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 1, 2017 2:12PM

The burger at Little Bad Wolf. Photo via Facebook.

We started with a list of 32 of Chicago's best burger joints. After weeks of voting and thousands of votes cast, we're down to the final four. Who made the cut and who's left out?

In the fight between Gather and Little Bad Wolf, Little Bad Wolf eked out a tiny victory. Fatso's Last Stand totally crushed Old Irving Brewing. Kuma's soundly beat Au Cheval, and Big Guys Sausage Stand defeated SmallFry by a few hundred votes.

A note on some numbers. Hawk-eyed poll watchers may note that the results I've laid out above don't quite match what you see in the results of the polls. That's because, as happened once before during our Pizza Bracket, the polls didn't close on time because of a technical glitch. By technical glitch, I mean I closed them manually and, somehow, it didn't actually take.

But have no fear: here at Chicagoist, we learn from our mistakes. Plus, I'm obviously not afraid of math. That's why I pulled all the raw data out of PollDaddy to reconstruct the results as of 10 p.m., and those are the results we're actually using.

Did this change the results? Actually, yes, in two of the contests. Au Cheval would have won by about 50 votes, since they got a big chunk of votes cast right after the deadline. And SmallfFry would have beaten Big Guys by hundreds of votes if I hadn't readjusted.

It's also worth noting that there seems to have been some attempted scamming going on. SmallFry received nearly 2000 votes from the same IP address after the deadline had passed, at a rate of 5-6 per minute all night. SmallFry, someone really loves you, but their attempt to manipulate our data didn't work.

So now we're down to the final four. Kuma's faces off against Fatso's Last Stand, and Little Bad Wolf is trying to take down Big Guys Sausage Stand. The polls will remain open until next Monday, Aug. 7 at 10 p.m.