Donna’s comes out on top in “Burger Bracket” contest
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:55

Local eatery beat Dempsey’s in final round

by Nicole Rodman

    The results are in! Donna’s Tavern and Restaurant on Pine Avenue is officially the home of Baltimore’s Best Burger.
    The local establishment came out on top in Fox 45’s 2013 Burger Bracket contest, besting Dempsey’s Brew Pub of Oriole Park in the final round.
    Fox 45 announced the results on its Facebook page Monday afternoon.
    Donna’s was just one of 16 Baltimore-area restaurants vying for the title when the Burger Bracket contest began in early March.

Done in a tournament bracket style, there were three rounds of competition prior to the final face-off between Donna’s and Dempsey’s.
    Winners in each round were chosen by online voting at the Fox 45 Burger Bracket website.
    In the first round of competition, Donna’s beat Towson’s Charles Village Pub and Patio before going on to top Poncabird Pub on Poncabird Pass in round two.
    In round three, Donna’s bested The Greene Turtle in Hunt Valley to go to the final round.
    After a week of voting, Donna’s eventually beat final competitor Dempsey’s  165 to 65.
    Speaking with The Eagle on Monday, Heather Sekora, daughter of owner Donna Sekora, expressed elation over the restaurant’s victory.
    “It’s an honor to win! And I cannot thank the community, my staff and our customers enough,” she said.
    Sekora also acknowledged the stiff competition provided by Dempsey’s in the final round.
    “Dempseys was a hard round to win and the community support helped secure the landslide win!” she noted.
    Donna’s beat the competition thanks to their well-known Crabby Patty burger, a half-pound hamburger with Maryland crab dip nestled on a toasted sesame seed bun.
    Now that Donna’s is the official champion, Sekora notes that plans to celebrate are in the works.
    As a thank you for their hard work, Donna’s will treat the entire staff to a celebratory dinner.
    In addition, Sekora explained, the restaurant will host a customer appreciation night sometime in the near future.
    Details will be released on the Donna’s Tavern and Restaurant Facebook page at