Munch Madness: Where Are St. Charles County's Best Eats?

You've undoubtedly heard of March Madness. Well, this is Munch Madness—Patch's attempt to find the best restaurant in all of St. Charles County.

You may be champing at the bit to fill out that all-elusive perfect bracket for the upcoming NCAA men's basketball tournament, but do you have what it takes to pick the final four for Patch's Munch Madness? 

We're willing to bet it's more difficult than it sounds.

Munch Madness runs along the same lines as the much-hyped basketball tournament—except it uses St. Charles County restaurants instead of college basketball squads. 

That's right, 64 restaurants all vying for top status in the county. 

How do they advance, you ask? That's where you come in.

We're not egotistical enough to tell you what restaurants you do and don't like. That's why we're letting you decide which eateries take home Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and St. Charles County Champion honors.

Restaurants will be grouped into geographical regions: the St. Charles Region, St. Peters Region, O'Fallon Region and Wentzville/Lake Saint Louis Region.

And what type of bracket mania would this be without a prize at the end of the tunnel? 

Print out the bracket—it's set to be unveiled this Sunday—and fill it out to your specifications and local expertise, and send it back to us at brianf@patch.com.

The person with the most games guessed correctly will win a $50 gift certificate to the Final Four restaurant of their choosing! Each game is worth one point. In the event of a tie, a random bracket will be chosen.

Want to know more?

Here's how it works:

  • The tournament begins March 13 with the championship matchup set for April 4. 
  • Restaurants will advance based on the number of votes they get on each Patch's website and their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The restaurant with the most votes at the end of the matchup will advance.
  • Readers can vote by leaving a comment on the posted article for a given matchup. Twitter followers can vote by tagging a Patch's Twitter handle and adding their vote. And Facebook fans can vote by leaving a comment on the Facebook status that coordinates with the given matchup. 
  • One vote per user, Twitter follower and Facebook fan. If you follow us on all three platforms like you should, that's three votes!
  • Voting periods will be as long as the round in which you are voting.
  • Round 1 begins March 13 and ends March 20.
  • Round 2 begins March 21 and ends March 25.
  • The Sweet 16 round begins March 27 and ends March 28.
  • The Elite Eight round ends March 29.
  • The Final Four round begins March 30 and ends April 1.
  • The St. Charles County Championship game will be on April 2.
  • Matchups will be posted each day throughout each voting period.
  • Ties in any matchups will be decided based on the last official vote recorded on the Patch website.
  • Not all area restaurants made the cut, and where possible, local establishments were given preference. Feel free to tell us if you think a certain restaurant got snubbed.

In the meantime, here's a sample of what you will see when asked to vote:


Restaurant 1 vs. Restaurant 2

Restaurant 1: A brief bio and explanation of what the establishment offers.

Restaurant 2: A brief bio and explanation of what the establishment offers.

Vote in the comments section below now!

Some rules and regulations:

  • All entries must be received by 10 p.m. Friday, March 18.
  • To determine the winner, we will take add up the total number of games guessed correctly. Each game is worth one point.
  • If two or more people tie for the most points, a random drawing will be held to determine the winner of the gift card.
  • Only one entry allowed per person. All participants must be 18 years or older.
  • You can read our official giveaway .

So let the comments begin—and tell your friends. 


Without seeing the bracket, which St. Charles County restaurant is your odds-on favorite to win the title?

Greg Padavan March 09, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Padavan's NY all the way!
Gail Weber March 10, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Padavan's NY Great food, fun times!
Maudie Fox March 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
No doubt - Tony's on Main!
brenda harper matthes March 12, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Old Mill stream
Steve Walker March 13, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Padavan's NY
Michelle Lee March 15, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Padavan's NY is the best food and it is nice that the owners come out and hang with us...cannot be the Customer Service!
Kaybird March 15, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Padavan's-owners only hang out with you if you have a certain look, a certain age-you get the point. I know this from a employee. These guys might seem like they know quest service, but treat thier emploees like dirt. That is if you don't bow down to them.
Barbara March 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Talayna's on Main Street is awesome!
Brenda Rentel March 20, 2012 at 03:17 AM
RT Weilers gets this vote. Food is just better. Brenda R.
Aaron M March 22, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Little Mickeys. Have you had their baked beans. Great family and best BBQ I have ever had.
Shae McCartney March 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
mark padavan March 26, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Not true Kay you are so wrong to even write something like that shame on you
Shawn Nevins March 28, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Stefs pizza is the best pizza around.
Chan Fong March 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Paul Josling March 29, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Padavan's NY
Shelby March 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Stefanina's O'Fallon!
Rebecca Padavan March 30, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Lisa Schulte March 30, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Angie March 30, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Tanya Adams March 31, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Stephanie March 31, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Padavan's has awesome food!
Payton Lanzafame March 31, 2012 at 03:02 PM
B. Halls all the way!
kerry supinski April 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
B. Halls. they best place to eat, drink, meet your new bride or husband, and the best reason to vote B. Halls is great place to work, hands down!
patti April 02, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Padavan's has great food and great service!
Gloria April 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Padavan's NY Best by far!!


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