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The #1 College Eat in the Nation

We are pleased to announce the winner of our “Bracket Battle: Best College Eats” tournament:

Congratulations to Baylor University: Vitek’s BBQ famous Gut Pak is the #1 College Eat in America (as voted on by Cooking Channel fans).

The dish combined all the the necessary ingredients for a successful college eat, which, along with a passionate fan base in Waco, TX, helped propel it over the competition. The tournament got a bit messy — both in terms of the final two dishes and the heated comments left on the blogs — but in the end, a true college classic came out on top.

We’ve got to give a quick shout out to Marquette and  Real Chili Restaurant‘s chili-topped spaghetti. The final match-up was a buzzer beater and both were worthy candidates.

If you’re fighting a hangover or just feel like you need a dose of grease in your diet, check out the full list of College Eats and our copycat recipes.

And we want to know: What dishes should be in the tournament next year?

Comments (594)

  1. Bruiser posted 04/05/2013

    Have a separate "dessert" category. Baylor's "Dr. Pepper Float" is ready to take on all-comers. And for people who complained that some of these were off-campus items, Dr. Pepper Float are served for free at the student union every Tuesday afternoon.

  2. Charlieg posted 04/06/2013

    Had a gut pak for lunch today. It was a winner as was Vitek's. Congratulations Vitek's.

  3. Kel posted 04/06/2013

    Dr. Pepper Floats are nothing special at all. Just blue bell icecream with a small splash of dp.

    Vitek's is great, though the recipe on this website is just not even close to as good. Way too much chili powder and it doesn't include beans. Oh well!

  4. Chelsea posted 04/06/2013

    The key ingredient in the gut pack is the styrofoam box….SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE and mix it up!

  5. Khandi posted 04/06/2013

    Your recipe does not even approach a gut pack. You must have real smoked bar-b-que. Oven cooking is not the same thing. I just don't want anyone making this by your recipe thinks that that is the dish that won. They need to come to Waco and eat the 'real' deal.

  6. TuckerE36 posted 04/06/2013

    Oh hell ya! Sic' Em Baby!

  7. Sarara posted 04/06/2013

    Why did you close the polls earlier than announced?

    • HonkeyBritches posted 04/07/2013

      They had someone go and sample both dishes and immediately closed the polls when they tried the Gut Pak. The winner was obvious.

    • Nick posted 04/10/2013

      To stop Marquette's bleeding.

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  9. Dean Ecklund posted 04/06/2013

    Each Time my wife and I visit my son his Family in Waco (he is on staff at Baylor-Sic Em Bears) we have to go to Vitek's. Love it! Congrats Vitek, you deserve it. Lookin forward to the next time we come down from Washington State.

  10. HonkeyBritches posted 04/07/2013

    Sic em, Bears and congrats Vitek's!

  11. Veta posted 04/08/2013

    way to go vitek i work across the parking lot from their gut pak shack on franklin at the dollar general first time i tried it my boss bought it for me since i didnt try it yet and i got hooked

  12. D C posted 04/18/2013

    No one at/from BU surprised by this win… mandatory stop down driving through Waco!

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