The road ends here. We have finally made it, friends. The Final Four of the Lex, Buds, & Pick ‘n Roll restaurant bracket has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited. You can listen to us debate all of the Elite 8 matchups in our 20th episode here, but since you’ve already made it this far to visit us on the website, you might as well keep reading the rest of this article for my commentary on each matchup.

#2 seed Texas Roadhouse defeats #1 seed McDonald’s: After splitting the vote on the show, we put this one up for vote to our fans to decide the winner. I’ll be honest, I was expecting this one to be really close. In the words of John Calipari, McDonald’s is the “gold standard” of fast-food restaurants. You can’t really swing a dead cat in any town in America without hitting the golden arches. And if you’ve ever been to a Texas Roadhouse, you know there is always a wait. It doesn’t matter if you go there at 2:00 in the afternoon, you aren’t just going to walk in and get a table. I’ve really never seen anything like it. So in this seemingly Battle of the Titans, Texas Roadhouse thoroughly dominated McDonald’s, getting nearly 90% of the vote, and establishing itself as a fan favorite.
#1 seed Chick-fil-A defeats #10 seed Cheddar’s: It was a great run by Cheddar’s. I don’t think anyone expected them to get to the Elite 8. Their down-home comfort food, generous portions, and reasonable prices carried them a long way. However, they quickly ran into a buzz saw against Chick-fil-A. As the teams were shaking hands after the game, everyone on Chick-fil-A’s roster said it was their pleasure to have played such a high-quality opponent.
#2 seed Raising Cane’s defeats #1 seed Taco Bell: Chicken, chicken, chicken which Final Four hotel you picking? Raising Cane’s head coach made some excellent strategic moves toward the end of the game when they substituted a tired cole slaw with extra french fries. The coach then made a bold defensive strategy by implementing the (Styrofoam) Box-and-One, with a constant chaser on the extremely hot Crunchwrap Supreme.
#8 seed Culver’s defeats #2 seed Chipotle: After going down to the wire against their archrival Qdoba in the Sweet 16, Chipotle looked like their legs were stuck in a concrete mixer. Culver’s just seemed like the fresher team and Chipotle served this one up on a platter. Culver’s now remains as the lowest reaming seed in the tournament.

Final Forecast

This sets up 2 epic showdowns in the Final Four, so let’s take a look at each matchup and what each team needs to do to win.

Texas Roadhouse vs. Chick-fil-A: The odds in Vegas suggest that these are the two teams with the best chance of winning the tournament. For all intents and purposes, this may be the de facto championship game.

Keys for Texas Roadhouse: Get off to a hot start. Their rolls and cinnamon butter have been the recipe to establishing big leads throughout games thus far. They will need to continue their first half dominance to have a chance in this one.

Keys for Chick-fil-A: Use their depth. They are strong at breakfast, lunch, and dinner and need to use that to their advantage to wear down Texas Roadhouse. They are also the most efficient team in the country and usually don’t beat themselves.

Raising Cane’s vs. Culver’s: I’m not sure anyone saw this matchup coming on Selection Sunday, but here we are. Two teams with crinkle-cut fries! Cane’s is the heavy favorite in this one according to Vegas, but Culver’s has shown flashes of the 2014 Kentucky team that just kept finding ways to win.

Keys for Raising Cane’s: Focus on what they do well. There’s an old saying in tournament play, “dance with the girl who brought you there.” Cane’s knows what got them to this point, and it’s the fried chicken. Now is not the time to start trying to diversify the menu.

Keys for Culver’s: Make the chicken beat you. Everyone knows fried chicken is the star player for Cane’s, but Culver’s can’t allow their other role players such as Texas toast to have a big night.

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