We’re down to the final two competitors in our Best College Eats tournament, and this championship game is guaranteed to be messy. We’ve got Marquette University and the Real Chili Restaurant serving up a sloppy, satisfying chili-topped bowl of spaghetti taking on Baylor University and Vitek’s BBQ, who is dishing up the restaurant’s famous Gut Pak, a fully-loaded plate of corn chips topped with brisket, sausage, beans and so much more.
Which of these two gut-busters will be named the Best College Eat? Vote for your favorite below.
Note: Voting for the championship round will last longer with the polls closing Friday, April 5th, at 5pm ET.
During our research, though, we noticed some similarities between the dishes that kept coming up as college students’ favorites. After some careful analysis (and sampling of the dishes) we identified these key elements when cooking up a Best College Eat:
After spending months collecting information from all of the restaurants featured in our Bracket Battle: Best College Eats tournament(not to mention sampling every single recipe that came out of the test kitchen), I wanted to figure out how something like the Fat Darrell — a huge sandwich loaded with mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, marinara sauce and French fries — came to be. Who thinks of piling all of the best late night snacks together in one sandwich? A hungry college kid, that’s who.
They call it The Big Dance. I call it A Good Reason to Make Cake. The Elite Eight has been narrowed down to the Final Four, but there’s only one surefire winner in this game — a team-neutral basket ball cake. Whether you’re rooting for one of the Final Four contenders, or your bracket got busted long ago, you’ll need dessert.
The Sweet Sixteen kicks off this week. In case you find your team unexpectedly not in the mix (Pitt fans, Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue…), distract yourself from the games and cook up some classic comfort food dishes. They’re guaranteed to help ease your pain.
Emeril's Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings are the perfect game-day bite.
Mid March has come, and part of all the madness is figuring out what to munch on during the games. Serve up a pile of Emeril’s Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings and your friends will be licking their fingers in no time, but maybe it’s nachos that you’re craving, or chili…
Decisions, decisions, decisions… So many good game foods, and so little time. Let’s mull over some tasty options, after the jump.