Thursday night's bacon vs. tofu throwdown at the Grizzlies proved that both hardcore meat lovers and hippie tofu lovers can peacefully co-exist.
Bacon won the popular vote from the crowd — 107 to 84. But in a surprise upset, the panel of five judges chose tofu as their winner.
Food truck Benaddiction entered its "heartbreaker" sandwich, a whopping grilled-cheese sandwich with bacon, pulled pork, ham, fried egg, four kinds of cheese, hollandaise sauce and barbecue sauce.
But it was the invention of Joe Davis from Eat Street Bistro that wowed the judges.
The "chicken" drumstick served on a tofu waffle was made with tofu, garlic mashed potatoes and paneer cheese formed around a baby corn "bone," rolled in corn flakes, deep fried and topped with a sweet chili sauce.
The judges — including some loyal meat lovers — were thoroughly impressed with how delicious the dish was and the originality and presentation.
The heartbreaker is a regular on Benaddiction's menu and Eat Street plans to keep the tofu dish on its menu for awhile.
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