Kearney, NE - Over the past couple of months, Nebraska restaurants have been competing for the title of the “Best Beef Restaurant in the State.” The Nebraska Beef Council has recently named Uncle Ed’s Steakhouse the 2009 Nebraska Beef Backer Award winner.

To compete in the Nebraska Beef Backer contest, restaurants first had to be nominated by a Nebraska beef producer or industry partner. After receiving nomination, the restaurants then completed an official application which was evaluated by a committee and results were based upon beef promotion programs, beef menu applications, and overall quality. This year’s first runner-up was Front Street Steakhouse in Ogallala and the overall Beef Backer winner was Uncle Ed’s Steakhouse in Grand Island. Uncle Ed’s will now be moving on to represent the state of Nebraska in the 2009 National Beef Backer Award contest.

Foodservice accounts for approximately half of the beef sold in this country, and commercial restaurants make up 61 percent for that sector. The Nebraska Beef Backer Award recognizes restaurants that promote beef and the beef industry through innovative menuing, promotions, and the delicious beef entrees that draw consumers back time after time.

We would like to congratulate and thank our 2009 Nebraska Beef Backer Award winner and all of our nominees on doing and exceptional job showcasing beef in their restaurants!