COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The votes have been counted, and the winner of the sixth annual Whitecaps food contest is Hot-To-Tot. In a tight race, the buffalo chicken and bleu cheese covered tater tot dish received 17% of the fan votes.
Hot-To-Tot will be on the menu at Fifth Third Ballpark this season. It will make its debut on Thursday, April 9 at the Whitecaps' home opener and will be served at the Mac and Cheese cart located on the concourse behind home plate.
The Whitecaps narrowed down a list of hundreds of menu ideas submitted by fans in January. The top 10 items were announced last month and fans voted for their favorite online.
The Hot-To-Tot's 17% of the votes squeezed out a victory over the French Fry Pizza Pie, which came home with 16% of the votes. Coming in third with 14% was Cheesy Does It, and fourth place with 12% was The Legend of Pickle Hollowed. Fifth Place was a virtual tie, with both Beer-A-Misu and Picnic-On-A-Stick earning 11% of the votes, while the Weenie Panini captured 10% for seventh place. There was no love for the Cotton Candy Curveball (4%), the Crispy Pig Chips (3%) or the Kat Dog (2%).
Hot-To-Tot was submitted by Zayne Diemel of Sparta, Mich., who submitted his idea on Facebook. "I was ecstatic when I got the news that I won the Whitecaps baseball fan food contest! Can't wait for fans to try my food idea at the ballpark this season, and neither can I," said Diemel.
Previous winners of the food contest include the Auger Dogger in 2014, Baco in 2013, Westside Po' Boy in 2012, Chicks with Sticks in 2011, the Cudighi Yooper Sandwich and the Declaration of Independence, both in 2010. All have now been retired from the menu.
The famous Fifth Third Burger still lives on, six years after its introduction on the menu earned international acclaim, along with the popular eating challenge.