March 19, 2013

It’s time for March Madness, the top sporting event of spring when top college  basketball teams battle it out to see who will come away as #1 in the  nation, with all sorts of highs and lows, upsets and outstanding  performances along the way. Well, we at Cooking Channel decided the madness  shouldn’t be reserved just for basketball and college mascots. This year, we’re pitting the best  college dishes from across the country against each other in our Bracket Battle: Best College Eats  tournament.

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To qualify, the dish had to be 1) near the college campus, 2) pretty much a  staple for students and, of course, 3) absolutely awesome. The schools selected  didn’t have to excel at basketball; they just needed to rock at satisfying  late-night munchies. After much gluttonous eating (mostly by reviewers on  various food sites; like we had a budget to travel the nation), we’ve  narrowed it down to these 32 dishes for our Best College Eats. 

Below, you’ll find the First Round Match-Ups. The schedule for our Bracket  Battle is:

  • March 15 – March 21: First Round

  • March 22 – March 26: Sweet Sixteen
  • March 27 – March 30: Elite Eight
  • April 1 – April 3: Final Four
  • April 4 – April 5: Championship Voting
  • April 6: The winner of the Best College Eats will be announced

And in addition to battling it out to see which dish is The. Best.  College. Eat., the ever-talented folks at Food Network Kitchens made  at-home versions of all these dishes. This way, you can have your (Veishea  cherry) pie and actually eat it, too.