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Gather named winner of 2020 best beef contest

Atmore’s the Gather restaurant has been named the winner of the 2020 Bama’s Best Beef contest with its dish, the Train Wreck.

The contest is sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) and funded by the Alabama Beef Checkoff Program, according to a release.

The Train Wreck features twin filets of beef paired with Nueske’s bacon, fried green tomatoes, pimento grits, Conecuh crab sauce and a fried egg.

The plate is one that one a contest judge said would be “hard to beat,” ACA Director of Communications Kayla Greer said in a release.

The dish is the brainchild of Chef and Owner Chris McElhaney.

The Bama’s Best Beef contest began July 31 on the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page with a nominations round that earned over 5,000 nominations from restaurants across Alabama.

The most-nominated dish from each of the contest’s eight regions moved on to compete in Facebook poll challenges that put competing regions head-to-head as more than 4,000 fans voted for their favorite restaurant’s plated meal.

Contest finalists were Bama Bucks (Sardis City) Trophy Mount Ribeye; Jeff’s Place (Roanoke) Ribeye Steak Sandwich; Diamond Jim’s & Mrs. Donna’s Family Steakhouse (Livingston) Famous Ribeye; and Gather (Atmore) Train Wreck.

For the complete story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Atmore Advance.