Alizee, Brightons, Cafe Hon win Crab Soup Stakes

The results are in: Alizee (4 W. University Pkwy) and Brightons (550 Light St. in the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel) won the judge's award for best Maryland crab soup and best cream of crab soup, respectively, at the Crab Soup Stakes.

The winners of the people's choice awards were: Cafe Hon (for Maryland crab) and Brightons (for cream of crab).

Way to go, Brightons!

Held in the Inner Harbor amphitheater, the Crab Soup Stakes featured soups from 10 local restaurants (five had Maryland crab soups and five had cream of crab soups).

Three "celebrity" judges (pictured) -- WJZ weekend sports anchor Stan Saunders, Porkchop from 92Q and yours truly -- sampled all 10 soups, and picked the winners based on taste, consistency and presentation ...

The crazy part: When all the scores were tallied, there was a tie between Brightons and Eden West and Alizee and Ryliegh's. That launched us into a sudden death round (Porkchop demanded more samples), where Alizee and Brightons emerged victorious. Man, it was crazy.

A pretty decent-sized crowd had gathered to watch the proceedings. Halfway through the judging, the crowd was allowed to get free samples from the restaurants and vote for their favorites.

Thanks to the Downtown Partnership for hosting the event and inviting me to judge it.

Also, thanks to Elizabeth Large, the stellar Sun blogger who nominated me as a judge. Congrats to the winners!

(Photos courtesy of the Downtown Partnership)

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