After 10 days and 25 burgers, a winner has been named in the 2017 Newport Burger Bender contest.

Discover Newport announced via Twitter on Monday, February 27th that Jo’s American Bistro has won their inaugural Newport Burger Bender contest.

The Newport Burger Bender contest was a “best burger” contest organized by Discover Newport, the official travel and tourism bureau for Newport and Bristol counties, that took place from Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Jo’s American Bistro graciously accepted the acknowledgment on their Facebook Page on Monday afternoon.


The contest was limited to 25 participating restaurants, each submitting just one burger. To vote, diners had to go to the Newport Burger Bender website and pick their favorite burger, from there the burger with the most votes was crowned the winner.

Discover Newport is expected to also announce a “Critic’s Choice” winner, which will also be named by a lauded Rhode Island food critic.

Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).