Bull Pen, PJ’s advance in ‘Best Steak’ competition
by Elane Jones
Aug 17, 2013 | 2634 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The ‘Sizzling 16’ bracket for the Alabama’s Best Steak competition was announced Friday, and two local restaurants were among the top votegetters from the Central Region of the state. The competition, which is sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, includes restaurants from the North, Central, South and Gulf Coast regions of the state.

Richard ‘Bull’ Corry, owner of the Bull Pen Steakhouse, and Pat and Jerome McClendon, owners of PJ’s Restaurant, said they were excited to learn their restaurants had made it through to the final 16 and hope for continued support in the competition.

“Pat and I were thrilled when we learned Friday afternoon that PJ’s had made it to the top 16,” Jerome McClendon said. “We want to thank everyone who voted for us.”

In order for both restaurants to advance to the competition’s “Enticing 8,” people across the state will have just one week to cast a vote. If the restaurants make it to the final eight, they will then vie for votes in an effort to make it to the next bracket challenge, which is the “Fiery 4.”

The voting process will then be repeated once again the following week in order to determine winners for the “Fiery 4” bracket challenge. A team of anonymous judges will then visit each of the final four restaurants. The restaurants will not be notified ahead of time of when the judges will visit. During their visit to each of the “Fiery 4” restaurants, each judge will eat his or her choice of steak cut and will judge that steak on overall flavor, tenderness and juiciness. After all the judging has been completed, one of the “Fiery 4” will then become “Alabama’s Best Steak.”

To vote Bull Pen Steakhouse and PJ’s Restaurants through to the next round, visit bamabeef.org, click on the “Alabama’s Best Steak” icon and fill out the form, or text the word “beef” to 20566.

Other restaurants making it to the final 16 in the Central Region include Gate’s Restaurant in Aliceville and Wallace’s Restaurant in Centreville.