Insane Eating Challenges You’ll Have to See to Believe
Some people will do anything for bragging rights and a free meal, even if it means downing an insane amount of food. Lots of gut-busting food challenges include massive amounts of food no human should consume in a day, let alone in an hour or less, but that doesn’t stop hungry restaurant patrons from unbuttoning their pants to try some absurd culinary challenges.
After all the prize is usually so worth it — typically a T-shirt, a photo on a Wall of Fame and no charge for the meal. Yes, that’s sarcasm, but if it sounds like a great deal to you, here are 30 insane eating challenges you’ll have to see to believe.
Feed Bag Challenge
Served up on a literal shovel, the Feed Bag Challenge at KC’s Rib Shack in Manchester, New Hampshire, consists of a meaty 6 pounds of barbecue. The shovel holds every kind of meat offered at the Rib Shack, including a full rack of ribs, and it’s served with two full pints of sides and cornbread.
Moose Omelette Challenge
Hungry for breakfast? You can dig into a full carton of eggs in the gigantic Moose Omelette at Moose McGillyCuddy’s Pub & Cafe in Hawaii. The famous omelette is stuffed with bacon, sausage, mushrooms, onions and cheese and served with a side of breakfast potatoes and toast.
Big Fat Ugly Sandwich
There’s nothing pretty about it. The Big Fat Ugly at Fat Sandwich Company in Champaign, Illinois, is made of two rolls, four cheeseburgers, double cheesesteak, chicken cheesesteak, gyro meat, grilled chicken, bacon, sausage, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese bites, fried mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, pizza bites, onion rings, mini corn dogs, hash browns, American cheese, ketchup and mayo.
Grand Slam Challenge
Typically serving four to six people, the Grand Slam Challenge at Batter Up Pancakes in Fresno, California, offers you the chance to win the $40 meal for free, plus a T-shirt, coffee mug and your photo on the wall.
Carnivore Pizza Challenge
If your love for pizza has no limits, grab a friend and head to Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria in Georgia for the Carnivore Challenge. Down this $50, 11-pound, 20-inch pie in one hour or less and win a $250 cash prize. The Carnivore lives up to its name and is loaded with pepperoni, seasoned beef, Italian sausage, ham and bacon.
Mama’s Pasta Challenge
Mama Campisi’s is a family restaurant located in St. Louis’ historic Italian neighborhood, The Hill. For extra hungry diners, Mama’s offers an enormous bowl of spaghetti with Mama’s own marinara sauce topped with a meatball the size of a bowling ball!
Don’t be fooled by the name — this challenge isn’t for children. The KIDZ breakfast gets its name from its massive size. Weighing in at 9 pounds, it’s the size of a (large) newborn baby! This challenge at Jester’s Diner in the UK consists of 12 sausages, 12 slices of bacon, six eggs, four black puddings, four slices of bread and butter, four slices of toast, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, a four egg cheese and potato omelet, sautéed potatoes and two hash browns.
Pho Garden Challenge
The Pho Garden restaurant in San Francisco is now closed, but pho lovers could once dive into the Pho Garden Challenge, which involved devouring a giant bowl of the popular Vietnamese meat and noodle soup dish for a chance to win the $22 meal for free and get their photo on the restaurant’s Wall of Champions.
Rocky Top Ice Cream Challenge
Talk about brain freeze! The Rocky Top Ice Cream Challenge consists of 16 scoops of ice cream, three bananas, three giant brownies, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, marshmallow sauce, sugar cones, a cup of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, gummy candies and more. Down it in less than an hour, and you win!
Big Texan Steak
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including this challenge that includes a 72-ounce steak, shrimp, baked potato, salad and roll with butter. The entire meal must be swallowed up in less than an hour. Give it a go, but you get no help cutting or eating any part of the meal, or you will be disqualified.
Inferno Soup Bowl Challenge
Can you take the heat at Nitally’s ThaiMex Cuisine in St. Petersburg, Florida? In this challenge, contestants must eat a devilish 48-ounce bowl of Inferno Soup — a Thai concoction of broth, vegetables and ghost peppers, once the world’s hottest chili pepper.
Bacon Bomb Challenge
Put your love for bacon to the test at Paddy Long’s in Chicago and see if you can eat 5 pounds of ground sausage, pork and beef mixed with spices and wrapped in a weave of brown sugar bacon. This giant mound of meat takes 30 minutes to prepare.
7 Pound Italian Challenge
Stop by Mick and Angelo’s Eatery and Bar in Niagara Falls, Canada, and see if you can finish off a nine course meal consisting of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, hot Italian sausage, chicken parmesan, manicotti, cannelloni, a loaf of garlic bread, soup and apple crisp a la mode in 90 minutes or less. Talk about carb overload!
2 Pound Donut Challenge
Round Rock Donuts in Texas is known for its "famous yellow donuts," served to hungry Texans since 1926. A staple on the bakery’s menu is a massive, Texas-sized donut that is 14 inches long and weighs in at a full 2 pounds.
Papa Bob’s Ultimate Destroyer Challenge
Ultimate Destroyer at Papa Bob’s BBQ in Kansas City is made of half a pound of pulled pork, half a pound of smoked sliced pork, a generous squirt of Papa Bob’s sauce, two slices of bread, half a pound of smoked sliced ham, half a pound of smoked turkey breast, more sauce and two more slices of bread.
The Challenger Stuffed Pizza
If you and a friend can consume a 22-inch stuffed pizza at Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza Shop in Manchester, Connecticut, in less than an hour, you won’t pay a dime for the $42.75 pizza. Defeat The Challenger, and you walk away with Randy’s swag and a $50 gift card, plus your photo on the Challenger Wall of Fame.
Kitchen Sink Sundae
San Francisco Creamery Co. throws everything at you with the Kitchen Sink Sundae — a gigantic sundae served in a house made "sink." Three sliced bananas, eight scoops of ice cream (your choice of flavors), eight servings of toppings, mounds of whipped cream, chopped almonds and cherries. The $43.95 Kitchen Sink typically serves six to eight people and is advertised as the ideal treat for birthdays and special occasions.
Burger Patty Record Challenge
The normal Squeezeburger at The Squeeze Inn in Sacramento is a burger with almost as much cheese as it has meat. By itself, the Squeezeburger is one that any hungry diner could probably eat — one-third pound burger patty, one-quarter pound cheese, mustard, mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and onions on a sesame seed bun. So, what’s the challenge? You have to break the record for the most stacked patties eaten with cheese.
4 Horsemen Burger
Chunky’s Burgers & More in San Antonio is home to the "Hottest Burger on the Planet," according to the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. The 4 Horsemen burger is made with fresh jalapeno and serrano peppers, habanero sauce and dried ghost peppers. Anyone is welcome to try the burger, but you must be at least 18 years old or have permission from a parent or guardian. You also have to sign the 4 Horsemen Liability Waiver.
The Aggie Special
Hullabaloo Diner in Wellborn, Texas, is Aggie Proud and known for The Aggie Special, a monster 12-egg omelet. Give the Aggie Challenge a go and see if you can down the scrambled carton of eggs with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, jalapenos (optional), cheddar, American, swiss, ham, bacon and sausage — with toast and fries, of course. No substitutions allowed.
Don’t worry, correctly pronouncing the name of this eight-decker sandwich isn’t required to win the challenge. The Zellagabetsky at Kenny and Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant in Houston is made on special cut rye with corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, salami, tongue, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, Russian dressing and red sweet peppers.
San Marcos Chupacabra Challenge
San Marcos, Texas, is known for tubing, but here’s another thing that put the Texas town on the map: The Chupacabra Challenge. Even if you arrive hungry, this challenge at Taproom Pub & Grub is sure to give you a belly ache. To finish it, you put down a full rack of ribs, 24 nuclear wings, a Works Pounder (double-decker burger with cheese, mushrooms, jalapenos, onions and bacon), a basket of fries and a basket of onion rings in 45 minutes. Whoa!
7 Pound Burrito Challenge
The former Jack-N-Grill restaurant in Denver, Colorado, boasted a 7-pound breakfast burrito stuffed with seven potatoes, one pound of ham, a whole onion, cheese, chili and a dozen eggs. At 12 inches long and 6 inches wide, the behemoth burrito was certainly not for the faint of heart.
The Graveyard Burger starts off innocent with just a pound of Black Angus beef. Add to it four slices of American cheese, two fried eggs, six slices of bacon, half a pound of pulled pork, half a pound of beef brisket, 8 ounces of coleslaw, 8 ounces of mac and cheese, onion tanglers, jalapeno bottle caps, onion rings and fries in a giant freshly baked roll, and you might feel like you’re headed straight to the graveyard after only a few bites.
Chicken Fry Challenge
Take on the Chicken Fry Challenge at Kendall’s Restaurant in Noble, Oklahoma, for your chance to win a T-shirt and a free meal. You have one hour to polish off a salad, huge chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes or fries, green beans, biscuits and cinnamon rolls. Succeed and collect your rewards!
The Farm Challenge
"The Farm" at Newsome’s Restaurant in Virginia is a three-part feast. First up is "The Barn," with two quarter-pound burgers, four slices of cheese, two chicken fillets, 10 slices of bacon, two fried eggs, one-third pound of Virginia honey ham, lettuce, tomato (optional) and mayo. Next up is "The Field," more than a pound of Newsome’s Famous Fries topped with a half-pound of cheese sauce. Finish it up with "Just Because," a 32-ounce milkshake in your choice of flavor.
If you have a serious case of the munchies, the Toughman Challenge just might be the food challenge for you. At Tanner’s Tavern in Morgantown, West Virginia, you get 45 minutes to finish off two dozen wings in three flavors (dry rub, sweet and heat), an order of bacon cheese fries, an order of barbecue pulled pork potato skins, a pitcher of beer and a shot of Fireball whiskey. If you don’t drink alcohol, Tanner’s will allow you to swap the beer for soda and the whiskey for six more wings.
Travis on a Silver Platter
In more than 40 years, only two people have been able to polish off the "Travis," an outrageous 8-pound burrito at the beloved K & I Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The family-owned and operated diner first introduced the giant burrito after a patron requested a burrito made with "everything but the kitchen sink." Thus, the Travis was born.
8th Wonder of the World
Clinton Station Diner’s 8th Wonder burger is so big you have to see it to believe it. Weighing in at a whopping 105 pounds — yes, 105 pounds! — and measuring 28 inches in diameter and nearly 12 inches in height, this $400 burger is the biggest burger on the planet. If you and nine friends can down the burger at Clinton Station Diner in Clinton, New Jersey, in an hour or less, you win $2,000!