The Sweet (and Salty) 16: Our bracket challenge decides the best concession item at the Masters

April 3, 2019
Masters concession items

March Madness! Masters office pools! All this bracketology is making us hungry.

And curious.

Question at hand: In a Sweet (or is it Salty?) 16 showdown of famously affordable Masters concessions, which menu item would come out on top?

Our winning bracket is filled out below.

The egg salad sandwich is a fan favorite at the Masters.
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ROUND 1

1. Pimento cheese sandwich v. 4. Fresh fruit
Let’s see. A ho-hum healthy snack or a rib-sticking Southern staple? It’s the culinary equivalent of Duke vs. Iona.
Winner: Pimento cheese sandwich

2. Grilled chicken wrap v. 3. Masters club
What’s true of golf swings is also true of golf grub: the simpler, the better. With its mix of deli meats, the club has too many moving parts to keep pace with its straightforward competition.
Winner: Grilled chicken wrap

1. Bar-B-Que sandwich v. 4. Potato chips
You know how the best barbecue is fork-tender and flavorful, with a perfect balance of smoke and spice? Well, this isn’t it.
Winner: Potato chips

2. Classic chicken sandwich v. 3. Crackers
In what ranks as one of the most astounding performances ever on these hallowed grounds, GOLF.com’s Sean Zak once consumed 21 chicken sandwiches in the course of a single Masters week. He was onto something.
Winner: Chicken sandwich

1. Egg salad sandwich v. 4. Peanuts
Is this an upset in the making? No. It is not.
Winner: Egg salad sandwich

2. Georgia peach ice-cream sandwich v. 3. Cookie
Like a Jim Nantz voice-over, the peach ice cream sandwich is far too sugary to indulge in every day. But what a treat when it’s only once a year!
Winner: Georgia peach ice cream sandwich

1. Turkey and cheese on wheat v. 4. Chicken biscuit
The chicken biscuit is a breakfast item, which means it’s only available until 10 a.m. We suggest you show up early. Otherwise, you might get stuck with the turkey and cheese on wheat.
Winner: Chicken biscuit

2. Ham and cheese on rye v. 3. Blueberry muffin
Close your eyes and let your imagination run wild as you bite into this blueberry muffin. It’s as if you’ve just inhaled a mouthful of bunker sand.
Winner: Ham and cheese on rye

The famous Pimento cheese sandwich at Augusta National.
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ELITE 8

1. Pimento cheese sandwich v. 2. Grilled chicken wrap
The Zach Johnson of sandwiches, the pimento cheese is more steady than it is spectacular. It also happens to be sneaky good.
Winner: Pimento cheese

2. Classic chicken sandwich v. 4. Potato chips
The chips are kettle chips, crispy and addictive. But they’re still chips, which means that they’re a side dish, and no match for a sandwich that is practically a meal.
Winner: Classic chicken sandwich

1. Egg salad sandwich v. 2. Georgia peach ice-cream sandwich
In the wrong hands, egg salad can go sideways quickly, resulting in either a bone-dry sandwich or soppy, mayo-laden mess. Kudos to Augusta’s concessionaires for getting this egg salad right.
Winner: Egg salad sandwich

2. Ham and cheese on rye v. 4. Chicken biscuit
Lard? Butter? Some combo of the two? Whatever it is they’re putting in these biscuits, it should be illegal. In the meantime, we’ll take three.
Winner: Chicken biscuit

The chicken sandwich at Augusta National is hard to resist.
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FINAL FOUR

1. Pimento cheese sandwich v. 2. Classic chicken sandwich
We crunched the numbers and confirmed that neither of these sandwiches will supply you with your daily recommended amount of fiber. But if we’re going by texture and depth of flavor, the classic chicken sandwich has the edge.
Winner: Classic chicken sandwich

1. Egg salad sandwich v. 4. Chicken biscuit
After a pair of upset wins, the chicken biscuit’s Cinderella run comes to an end here in the semi-finals against a sandwich of plain, old-fashioned, starchy, satisfying goodness.
Winner: Egg salad sandwich

FINAL

1. Egg salad sandwich v. 2. Classic chicken sandwich
At last, an answer to the age-old question. Which came first? In this all-important contest, the egg.
Winner: Egg salad sandwich