Feeling hungry? How hungry? Hungry enough to chow down an 11-pound pizza topped with ground beef, pepperoni, sausage, ham, and bacon—all in one hour?
If the answer to that is yes, you've come to the right place.
In the spirit of fun, charity, or gluttony, here are seven insane eating challenges in restaurants across the U.S. If competitors win, there are prizes such as money, free food, and fame (sort of). If the eaters fail, there are repercussions: cost of the entree, embarrassment, and likely a stomachache—or worse. So if you're feeling more than a little peckish, go ahead and give one of these food contests a try. Just don't forget the stretchy pants and Pepto-Bismol.
1. Carnivore Pizza Challenge
Pizza fans, unite! At Big Pie in the Sky in Jennesaw and Rosewell, GA, you can try your hand (or stomach, really) at the Carnivore Challenge. The feat—eating an entire 11-pound pizza topped with ground beef, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, and bacon in one hour, without getting up or throwing up—costs $50, but if you're successful, you score $250. Oh, and guess what? You're allowed to have an eating partner. Now it sounds totally doable, right? The challenge is scheduled twice a day on Monday through Thursdays, and it's best to call in advance. Duly noted.
2. 72-Ounce Steak Challenge
Everything's bigger in Texas—including food challenges. In Amarillo, TX, The Big Texan is famous for its 72-ounce steak dinner, which is free if finished within one hour. The plate includes the ginormous steak, shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, salad, and a roll with butter. Once the challenge begins, contestants aren't allowed to get up from the table or have anyone else in the vicinity touch their food. Failure to complete the challenge results in a $72 fee, which is required upfront and refunded upon finishing (assuming, of course, you do). And here's some good news: Competitors aren't required to eat the fat. Fingers crossed your steak comes from an extra-obese cow.
3. Clinton Hall Burger Challenge
Ever feel like a one-patty burger isn’t enough? If so, head to New York City's Clinton Hall to attempt its burger challenge. Guests are given a three-beef-patty burger with three slices of American cheese, two whole buns, applewood smoked bacon, onion rings, a tray of French fries, and sauce, along with a pint of beer. The ritual started in January 2016, and a strong number of contenders have actually succeeded (more than 500 have attempted the challenge). If you finish everything within 25 minutes, it’s free; otherwise, you’ll be forking over $35.
4. Confetti Cake Challenge
For some, food challenges are a piece of cake. For others, they’re impossible. At Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room in New York City, there’s a five-pound layer birthday cake with your name on it (figuratively). Finish it by yourself without leaving the table in 35 minutes, and it’s free. Winners also receive two tickets to the restaurant’s annual Crab Boil, an Atwood hat, a $100 gift voucher, $100 donated to the charity of their choice, and a dedicated victory post on the venue’s Instagram handle. Fail to consume the confection, and you’ll be $90 poorer. So far, five brave sugar-loving souls have tried, and none have succeeded.
5. The Bomb Challenge
Talk about bringing home the bacon. At Paddy Long's in Chicago, you'll be served The Bomb—a meaty concoction involving five pounds of ground sausage, pork, and beef mixed with spices, all wrapped in a weave of brown sugar bacon and slow-cooked in a pig roaster. Devour that explosive creation along with a large side of fries in 45 minutes, and your meal is free. You'll also score a t-shirt and a spot on the wall of fame. And if you want to try The Bomb but don't feel up to the challenge? You can order it anytime, but go with a crowd—it's meant to serve 6 to 8 people.
6. The Kitchen Sink Challenge
In San Francisco, the hills might give you a killer cardio workout, but you're going to need to burn extra calories after taking on The Kitchen Sink at San Francisco Creamery Co. The enormous sundae involves eight flavors of ice cream, eight servings of toppings, three bananas, mounds of whipped cream, chopped almonds, and cherries. (The nuts can be substituted for another topping in case you're allergic). It's intended to serve six people, but if polish off the entire thing yourself, you can win free ice cream for one year. Challengers are not allowed to leave the table once they begin, and if you beat the current record holder for time, the sundae is free—otherwise, you'll be spooning out $49.95.
7. Ultimate Slider Challenge
With five locations in the state of Arizona, Chompie's challenges eaters to devour 12 of its Original Jewish Sliders. Topped with homemade onion strings, the mini sandwiches are made of lean brisket, mini potato pancakes, and jack cheese. A side of brown gravy comes on the side. It weighs about five pounds and will cost you $59.99, unless you finish your plate within 30 minutes—then, of course, it's free. Bonus: those who complete the challenge get their photo on the restaurant's website and a free t-Sshirt.
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