Stella's Bar & Grill has done it again. The Bellevue restaurant has "Nebraska's Best Burger," according to the judges and online voters in the Nebraska Beef Council's annual contest.
During March, the public was asked to nominate their favorite all-beef hamburger served at a Nebraska restaurant. More than 200 restaurants received nominations with the top five moving on to a second round of online voting.
During the final phase of voting, a panel of judges also scored each of the burgers based on taste, appearance and proper cooking temperature. The online votes and scores from the judges were combined, resulting in the Stella's Cheeseburger being declared the overall winner. The cheeseburger is made from a 6-1/2-ounce fresh and never-frozen ground beef patty served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mayonnaise.
All of the hamburgers served at Stella's are made to order with a number of toppings available, including bacon, mushrooms, a fried egg and even peanut butter.
"This was the first year that we've allowed past winners to be eligible in the contest," says Adam Wegner, director of marketing for the Nebraska Beef Council. "Stella's quickly surfaced to the top once again with tremendous support from the online votes and rave reviews from our panel of judges. It's obvious they have a passion for great tasting beef and it's their hamburgers that have created their loyal fan base."
The Union Bar in Gering was this year's runner-up, followed by the Peppermill Restaurant in Valentine and Cellar Bar & Grill in Kearney, which tied for third. Sin City Grill in Grand Island rounded out the top five. A complete list of nominated restaurants is available on www.nebeef.org.
Stella's Bar & Grill will be awarded the first-place plaque and will be featured by the Nebraska Beef Council in May as part of Nebraska Beef Month.
For more information about Stella's, visit www.stellasbarandgrill.com or contact the owner, Stephanie, at 402-291-6088.