Munch Madness 2015 restaurant competitors announced – The Boston Globe

The birds are chirping. The blades of grass are fighting their way up through a wee bit of snow. It can only mean one thing. It is time again for the Globe’s annual Munch Madness tournament, in which 64 local restaurants fight for the title of champion.

This year’s bracket is sure to feature plenty of drama. You’ll find new restaurants and old favorites, the experimental and the traditional, formal dining rooms and dive bars, and places serving food from every corner of the world.

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You can begin following the action now that we’ve released the list of contestants, coincidentally on Selection Sunday in the lesser-known NCAA competition March Madness. The bracket launches March 18. Here is the schedule to vote for your favorite restaurants: Round 1, March 18-19. Round 2, March 20-22. Round 3, March 23-24. Round 4, March 25-26. Round 5, March 27-30. Round 6, March 31-April 3. The winner will be announced online April 6. Who will claim the glory this year? It’s up to you.

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Check out which restaurants — listed below in alphabetical order — will compete once the bracket opens this week. Follow updates on Twitter using the hashtag #MunchMadness.

Alden & Harlow (Cambridge)

Area Four (Cambridge)

Ashmont Grill (Dorchester)

Asta (Boston)

Bar Boulud (Boston)

Bastille Kitchen (Boston)

Bergamot (Somerville)

Blue Dragon (Boston)

Bondir (Cambridge)

Boston Chops (Boston)

Bronwyn (Somerville)

Cafe ArtScience (Cambridge)

Casa B (Somerville)

Central Kitchen (Cambridge)

Centre Street Cafe (Boston)

Clio (Boston)

Coppa (Boston)

Craigie on Main (Cambridge)

Deuxave (Boston)

Eastern Standard (Boston)

Erbaluce (Boston)

Fairsted Kitchen (Brookline)

Gaslight Brasserie (Boston)

Giulia (Cambridge)

Highland Kitchen (Somerville)

Island Creek Oyster Bar (Boston)

JM Curley (Boston)

Journeyman (Somerville)

Kirkland Tap & Trotter (Somerville)

La Brasa (Somerville)

Legal Oysteria (Charlestown)

L’Espalier (Boston)

Liquid Art House (Boston)

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant (South Boston)

Mei Mei (Boston)

Merrill & Co. (Boston)

Mistral (Boston)

Moonshine 152 (Boston)

Myers + Chang (Boston)

Nebo (Boston)

Neptune Oyster (Boston)

No. 9 Park (Boston)

Oleana (Cambridge)

Ostra (Boston)

O Ya (Boston)

Parla (Boston)

Pastoral (Boston)

Sarma (Somerville)

State Park (Cambridge)

Strip-T’s (Watertown)

Rialto (Cambridge)

Ribelle (Brookline)

River Bar (Somerville)

Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar (Somerville)

Row 34 (Boston)

Shojo (Boston)

Sweet Cheeks (Boston)

The Butcher Shop (Boston)

The Gallows (Boston)

Toro (Boston)

T.W. Food (Cambridge)

Viale (Cambridge)

West Bridge (Cambridge)

Wink & Nod (Boston)

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