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The Terminator:At Shelby’s Kitchen and Deli in Deerfield Beach, Florida is a 24-inch pancake, topped off with four fried eggs, six sausage patties, a pound and a half of bacon, a pound and a half of home fries, and two slices of toast. Early bird gets the full stomach and a free meal.
4 Pound Pho:At the Pho Garden in San Francisco, being able to get through a bowl filled with 4 pounds of noodles and beef within an hour is much more difficult than it may seem. Successful participants who win the challenge do not have to pay for the meal and will also have their picture taken and posted on the Wall of Pho Garden Champions.
Nine Pound Burger:After you add the bun, toppings and required condiments into the equation, the full sandwich actually weighs more than 15 pounds. Many people honestly believe that they can win this challenge mostly because they eat burgers with toppings on them all of the time. However, there are not many people in the world who can consume two full heads of lettuce, four pickles and three onions on a single sandwich. For a little bit comic relief –and also relief from indigestion and your poor, aching stomach – the restaurant (BGR in Washington, D.C.) also provides participants with a complimentary bottle of Maalox.
Mt. Olympus:This 50-pound burger, dubbed Mt. Olympus, is featured on the menu at the Clinton Station Diner, as is the seven pound burger called Zeus. If you finish the Zeus burger in 90 minutes with a friend, or by yourself in three hours, then that burger is free. Eat the diner’s three pound Atlas burger by yourself in 2 hours or gobble it up with a friend in 45 minutes and it’s also free.
Mongo Burrito:The Mongo Burrito Challenge, sponsored by Burritos Mexican Grill, weighs more than 8 pounds and must be completed by one person within one hour. Winners do not have to pay for their meals and can also receive either a complimentary dinner each month or $150, depending on whether they live in Florida.
Knucklehead:At Knucklehead Hot Dog Diner in Roseville, California, five quarter-pound hot dogs, three pounds of chili, and a pound of French fries, all topped off with handfuls of shredded cheese wait to jump in your belly. This monster weighs over five pounds and must be eaten in under 20 minutes.
World Oyster Eating Championship:The main goal of this particular food challenge is for the contestant to eat as many oysters as possible within three minutes. Each contestant is provided with a single tray of oysters and a tall glass of Guinness at the beginning of the competition. The trays are replaced with refilled trays after each one has been emptied during the actual challenge.
Kitchen Sink:The San Francisco Creamery Co. in Walnut Creek, California offers this monster sundae, which consists of three bananas, eight scoops of ice cream (flavors are of the contestant’s choosing), eight different toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and cherry to top it all off. Those who successfully devour the sundae in under an hour will receive free ice cream for a year.
Jack n Grill:This 7-pound breakfast burrito from Denver is no joke, consisting of 7 potatoes, a pound of ham, a whole onion, cheese, chili, and, of course, a dozen eggs. There’s only one rule: no bathroom breaks. Free food for life is awarded to any woman who can finish this meal.
Inferno Bowl:Participants at Nitally's ThaiMex Cuisine are given a 48-ounce bowl that is filled with their signature soup and then allowed 30 minutes to finish eating it all. Aside from the traditional noodles that are clearly visible inside of the bowl, there are also 12 different types of peppers, including a variety of habanero peppers and green pepper and the ghost pepper, considered one of the hottest peppers in the world. The grand prize for consuming the entire bowl within the allotted time is $800, but no one has been able to win this particular challenge.
Hail Mary:This burger at Stadium Grill in Columbia, Missouri includes five-plus pounds of meat, including griddled burgers, bacon, and pulled pork, three cheeses, onion rings, and fried eggs, all stacked between two buns. To complete the challenge, a contender not only must finish the burger but also polish off a full pound of French fries, all within 60 minutes. If someone can conquer The Hail Mary challenge, they will be rewarded with their meal on the house (a $50 value) and $50 in food and drink every month for a year.
Devastator:When a guest at Red Dog Saloon in London volunteers to participate in The Devastator Challenge, they are confronted with three 6 ounce beef burger patties; 200 grams of pulled pork; six slices of cheese along; and six bacon rashers. And the burger is not the only thing that needs to be eaten; contestants also have to eat two side dishes (coleslaw and French Fries) and then wash it all down with a milkshake – all in only 10 minutes.
Full-O-Bull:The challenge includes a 64 ounce chicken fried steak, served on an extra-large pizza pan, measures 14 inches in diameter and weighs about 10 pounds with gravy. But wait, that's not all: You must also finish the Texas-sized sides, which include four pounds of mashed potatoes and 10 pieces of Texas toast.
Big Eat:The Big Eat at Wookey Hole Mince Pie Eating Challenge is held annually in Somerset, England. This particular eating challenge is specifically designed to determine exactly how many mince pies can be eaten within 10 minutes.
Bacon Bomb:The sandwich from Paddy Long's in Chicago consists of a 5 pound combination of beef, ground sausage and pork that is completely wrapped in a casing of bacon. Along with the sandwich itself, participants are also required to eat a side of fries within 45 minutes to win the challenge. Winners receive a refund on their bill, a free T-shirt as well as a designated spot for their name and picture on the Wall of Fame.
Lone Star 87-oz. Beef Challenge:The Lone Star Bar and Grill in Brooklyn has an 87-oz. Beef Challenge, which is equivalent to almost 5 1/2 pounds of meat. As if that is not enough, the restaurant requires that participants also finish eating a side that they can personally choose from on the menu.
11 Pound Carnivore Pizza:This beast from Big Pie in the Sky in Kennesaw, Georgia weighs 11 pounds, is 30 inches across, and must be eaten in under one hour. Two people are allowed to tag team this event, and it costs $50 to enter. $250 is awarded to all successful teams.