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Brunch Madness Final Four: (3) Mama's Vs. (5) El Techo de Lolinda

Round Thirteen: A battle between a half-century tradition and a new disruption.

Monte Cristo vs. Chicharrones

Mama's Monte Cristo vs. El Techo's Chicharrones de carne

Who has the best brunch in the city? Our first ever Brunch Bracket pits sixteen of the city's most popular brunch spots in a single elimination, fight-to-the-death tournament. Our food editor Rebecca Flint Marx seeded the contenders, but it's your votes that decide who wins.Every weekday, you'll have a chance to vote on the day's matchup until we decide our ultimate winner. Yesterday, number two seed Brenda's French Soul Food defeated number six seed Spruce to grab the last spot in the Final Four.

Winner: Mama's on Washington Square 69%. Runner-Up: El Techo de Lolinda 31%.

Today's match-up:

(3) Mama's on Washington Square
Address: 1701 Stockton St. (at Filbert St.)
Signature Dish: "Our Famous" Monte Cristo
Vibe: So classic that you might actually believe them when they call a dish famous
Representative Patron: Breakfast masochists who don't mind waiting an hour on weekdays
Weakness: We don't think there are any plans for opening El Techo de Mama on the roof

(5) El Techo de Lolinda
Address: 2518 Mission Street (near 21st St.)
Signature Dish: Chicharrones de carne (sold by the pound)
Vibe: Saturday night buzz meets Sunday morning dining
Representative Patron: The young Missionite who spends plenty of time on their apartment roof anyway
Weakness: They've pulled two straight upsets, but can they really win the best brunch in the city?

Can El Techo de Lolinda continue its winning ways or will Mama's end the Mission underdog's run? Will the half-century brunch institution or the sunny Mission rooftop win? Will Mama play evil stepmother to El Techo's Cinderella story? Vote here to let us know your pick.The poll will be open for 24 hours, so jump onto Twitter and Facebook to rally your friends!

Follow along with the full bracket here. 

 

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