Welcome to Munch Madness—the bracket-style tournament to find the best restaurant in Darien, Downers Grove, Lemont and Woodridge!
How do restaurant advance, you ask? It all depends on your vote! To learn more about the tournament .
Restaurants are grouped into four geographical regions: the Darien Region, the Downers Grove Region, the Lemont Region and the Woodridge Region.
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The person with the most matchups 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.
Readers have until March 27 at 10 p.m. to turn in their bracket.
More rules and regulations:
- To determine the winner, we will 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 .
Make your votes for all of the first round match-ups, split between these articles:
Here are today's match-ups:
First Round (Darien)
Teddy's Red Hots, located in Hinsbrook Center Plaza, offers a variety of American style fast food at an affordable price.
Smilga is a charming eat-in or take-out restaurant with a modest sized food mart conveniently placed indoors in company with the Polish deli eatery.
Whether you're looking for a great Chicago-style hot dog, Italian beef sandwich, or just an old-fashioned hamburger and fries, Pamy's can satisfy your cravings.
Using family recipes and the freshest vegetables and homemade sausage, Zazzo's menu consists of traditional and contemporary dishes, including lasagna, penne and more.
First Round (Downers Grove)
For an authentic touch of Ireland, stop in at the Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant. It is chock full of friendly service, Irish comfort food, cold pints and live music on the weekends.
Since 1981 this family owned restaurant has been serving lunch and dinner in a patriotic-themed building.
Located at Main & 63rd, Teddy's Red Hots is a colorful, fun, and classic fast-food diner specializing in hot dogs and Italian ice.
Since 2006, Celebrity Sandwiches has been serving lunch and dinner from its location on Belmont Road and as its owner states: "If you like good food, you'll like Celebrity Sandwiches."
First Round (Lemont)
Front Street Cantina is an authentic Mexican eatery that features an extensive menu and signature margaritas.
Jimbo's Pizza opened in 1998 and has been a local favorite ever since. It's famous for its "Lemontster," the largest pizza in town, but also offers sandwiches, appetizers and catering.
A local favorite, Turnabout Pizza offers five sizes of delicious pizza plus some sandwiches. Turnabout is well known for its unique twisted crust.
Kitaro Grill & Sushi Lounge is Lemont's place for steak, sushi and lobster.
First Round (Woodridge)
Doggie Diner is a favorite Woodridge hang-out for families, couples, high schoolers, little league teams and workers on a lunch break.
Owner Gary Richards says his restaurant is "like Grandma's house on Sunday." Richards describes the menu as Sicilian with a dash of Tex-Mex.
Qdoba Mexican Grill's menu shows that you can have it all: savory taste and sensible eating.
When you're craving a little taste of the tropics, head to Cabana Charley's Tiki Bar & Grill in Seven Bridges.