CHESTERTON | Octave Grill in Chesterton won top honors in the Porter County Burger Wars, a month-long competition to choose the best burger in the county.
Franklin House in Valparaiso was chosen runner-up.
Octave Grill and Franklin House both move on to the Northern Indiana Burger Wars, which started Friday, squaring off against burgers from six other Northern Indiana counties.
Octave earned a spot in the regional competition by winning the Porter County competition, while Franklin House was chosen as the wild card entry because it received the most votes of any second-place finisher in the seven counties.
“Burger Wars has created a lot of buzz for us, and has been fantastic advertising for our gourmet burgers,” said Casey Petro, Octave owner. “Since we can only serve a small amount of people at a time, we really focus on our great burgers and do the best we can for our customers.”
Franklin House earned runner-up and wild card status thanks to the many fans of its signature House Burger, which features peanut butter, bacon, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and a sunny-side up egg on a German pretzel bun.
Burger Wars, an initiative of Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission, is designed to highlight the fact that there are so many great burger places in the area and to encourage residents and visitors to experience multiple restaurants.
In addition to awarding prizes to the restaurants, Indiana Dunes Tourism awarded a $100 Octave Grill gift certificate to one lucky person from among those who dined and voted for their favorite burger. An additional prize totaling $200 will be awarded to a voter in the regional round.
People can vote for Octave Grill and Franklin House in the regional competition by visiting www.indianadunes.com/wars through June 23. The winner of each pairing will advance to a round of four on June 23, with the final round of two kicking off on June 30. The winning restaurant will be announced July 7.
Octave and Franklin House were part of of Porter County’s Epic Eight, which battled in a bracket-style competition. The other top burger places in Porter County, as identified through social media mentions and surveys, are Burgerhaus, Valparaiso; Industrial Revolution, Valparaiso; Piggies and Cream at the Depot, Kouts; Pikk’s Tavern, Valparaiso; Village Tavern, Porter; and Wagner’s Ribs, Porter.