Everything you need to know about The Incline’s Ultimate Brackets

From fish frys to food trucks and pizza — here’s how your fave can rise to the top.

Bow down to Vincent's Pizza Park.

Bow down to Vincent's Pizza Park.

The Incline Illustration
MJ Slaby

In March 2017, The Incline launched its first NCAA-style bracket to find the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry.

After some light-hearted teasing and nearly 60,000 votes, St. Alphonsus in Wexford was declared the winner. Since then, The Incline has crowned the Ultimate Pittsburgh Food Truck (winner = Hott Dawgz) and the Ultimate Pittsburgh Pizza, in which Vincent’s Pizza Park rose to the top.

So as you vote and look forward to the next round, here’s a short recap of how The Incline’s brackets work. We’re always looking for bracket ideas, so if you have one, tell us about it.

Who lands on a bracket?

The original 32 slots are based on reader nominations and staff research. There’s a nomination period before each bracket to collect recommendations on who to include. Find out when we’re collecting nominations by following us on Twitter and/or Facebook, as well as in our daily newsletter.

There is no fee to participate, and you can’t buy a spot in the bracket.

Tell your friends!

Contenders are welcome to encourage their fans to vote for them. Past participants have posted flyers and table talkers and created social media campaigns to rally their troops.

Keep on votin’.

Who advances in each round is strictly based on the number of votes for that round. We’ve had some tight match-ups, so every vote counts!

Yes, you can vote more than once in each round.

How can I sponsor a bracket?

Our sales team works with companies who want to sponsor brackets and related events. For more information, contact our sales team.

Andddd the winner is…

The winner earns a trophy and, of course, bragging rights.

The ultimate fish fry trophy is passed around the kitchen at St. Alphonsus.

The ultimate fish fry trophy is passed around the kitchen at St. Alphonsus.

Jasmine Goldband / The Incline

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