It's all come down to this.

We are so excited to finally announce the winner of the 2021 95.3 The Bear Munch Madness bracket competition! It's been a wild ride but we hope you had as much fun playing as we did putting this on for you.

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Without further ado, your winner is...


Honestly, we are so happy for Ichiban for this win! When they were faced with an unexpected closure earlier this year due to new development coming to their home at the corner of Hackberry Lane and 15th Street, we were devastated.

Read More: Tuscaloosa's Ichiban Japanese Grill Shares Emotional Farewell to Customers

Personally, a bento box and some mochi ice cream are cheaper (and sometimes better) than therapy, and to see the community rally behind a beloved local staple is so inspiring.

With 1,359 votes in the final round, Ichiban crushed the competition. While we won't bore you with too many numbers, Ichiban always came out well on top of their matchup. The community support was obviously strong for this great restaurant!

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See how the other 63 restaurants fared in this year's competition:

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Savannah Bullard, Townsquare Media via Canva

We'll catch up with the owners of Ichiban very soon! Stay tuned right here for more Munch Madness...umm...madness!

Here's to next year's competition, which we hope will be spicier than ever!

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