Challenging diners to take on enormous plates and flaming spicy dishes, these restaurant challenges take their 'wall of fame' seriously.
20. Round Rock Donuts: Round Rock, Texas
This iconic spot in Round Rock, Texas, claims that people start lining up at 4 a.m. to get their hands on the store's "famous yellow donuts." A place this popular (it’s been around since 1926!) obviously has a challenge to go along with their tradition. The challenge is to consume a 2-pound donut, which is about the equivalent of a dozen donuts.
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19. Seiad Valley Store and Café: Seiad Valley, Calif.
This challenge may feature pancakes, but participants eat enough food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during this event. The restaurant serves breakfast and brunch classics in large portions. Competitors in the "Pancake Challenge" are given 5 pounds of pancakes, topped off with butter and syrup. Guests need to finish the meal in two hours or less and it’s free.
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18. Crown Candy Kitchen: St. Louis
This simple challenge has been a tradition at the Crown Candy Kitchen since their opening in 1913. Anyone who can drink five malts in half an hour gets the treats for free. With flavors like cherry, marshmallow, chocolate banana, and pineapple, guests have options to choose from, but all of them need to be ordered at the same time according to the challenge regulations.
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17. Sushi Delight: Lomita, Calif.
Participants may not feel "delightful" after this challenge! At Sushi Delight, guests can participate in the Godzilla Roll challenge, which consists of a 6-pound roll filled with various kinds of fish and topped with a special blend of house sauces. Those who complete the challenge in 60 minutes win a picture on the wall, a T-shirt, and of course, bragging rights.
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16. Knucklehead Hot Dog Diner: Roseville, Calif.
Knucklehead’s boasts that they serve up the best hot dogs in California and have a variety of hot dog styles on the menu to back up their claim. For those wanting to really indulge, they can order the "5-Pound Knucklehead Challenge." Five 10-inch hot dogs are piled into one long bun and then topped with 3 pounds of homemade chili, cheese, onions, pickles, and tomatoes, all served with a 1-pound side of fries.
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15. Jake’s Sandwich Board: Philadelphia
At this Philly restaurant, guests can participate in a challenge in honor of the hometown favorite, Philly cheesesteaks. The challenge is to consume a 2-foot Philly cheesesteak (filled with their house-roasted vegetables and meats), four soft pretzels, one box of TastyKakes, 24 mini peanut chews, and one cherry soda. Winners get their photo added to the hall of fame, and if they consume the meal in less than 45 minutes, it’s free!
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14. Lone Star Bar and Grill: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lone Star Bar and Grill may not be in Texas, but the challenge at this Brooklyn restaurant is in true, large Texan style. The challenge is straightforward: participants have to eat an 87-ounce slab of beef with a side of their choosing. If they complete the challenge, they win a T-shirt. If they fail, they have to pay for all of the meat they consumed.
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13. Port Royal Pub & Grille: Islip, N.Y.
Port Royal Pub & Grille doesn’t have just one challenge, but two! One challenge focuses on seafood while the other features land meats. But the one we're focusing on, the "Davey Jones Locker Challenge," is for seafood lovers. The meal could reasonably serve four to six people, but participants must take down the meal on their own. The challenge consists of 2 pounds snow crab leg clusters, 1 pound of jumbo shrimp skewers, 1 pound of steamed mussels, 1 pound of fried clam strips, and their signature twin jumbo seafood stuffed flounder. Oh, and it also includes soup or salad and two family-sized sides.
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12. Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza: Connecticut
This pizza joint calls their challenge "The Challenger," and for good reason. The pizza is 22 inches (and 10 pounds!) and stuffed with "a combination too big to list." Guests participate in pairs, and if two people can consume the stuffed pizza in a one-hour sitting, it’s free. Winners get a picture on the wall, a hat, and a $50 dollar gift card.
11. San Francisco Creamery Co.: Walnut Creek, Calif.
This ice cream shop is scooping some daunting sundaes. Their "Kitchen Sink" challenge includes… pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. The actual sundae is even served in one of their specially made sinks, and includes three bananas, scoops of your choice of eight ice creams, eight servings of toppings, mounds of whipped cream, and chopped toasted almonds and cherries. The shop says it serves six, but one person can take on the pound of dessert (if they dare). If you complete the challenge in less than 30 minutes, you get a spot on the wall and free ice cream for a year!
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10. Munchies 420 Café: Sarasota, Fla.
Munchies 420 Café prides themselves on their fresh-cooked food, late-night delivery, and huge portions. The place is known for their "fat" sandwiches, which are stuffed with items like mac and cheese and mozzarella sticks, but their challenge features their super-hot spicy wings. The sauce is deadly, and features flavors from the hottest pepper in the world, the Ghost Pepper. Participants are challenged to eat 10 of these super spicy wings in 20 minutes. Winners end up on the wall of fame; losers end up on the wall of shame.
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9. Gus & Paul’s: Springfield, Mass.
Gus & Paul’s boasts of using all-natural, fresh ingredients in their home-cooked dishes every day since their opening in 1958. In their signature challenge, "The World’s Biggest Corned Beef Sandwich," pounds of fresh ingredients are used to create the monstrous dish: 2.5 pounds corned beef, 1 pound Swiss cheese, two sliced tomatoes, half a head of lettuce, a 1.5-pound water roll, a half-pound of mustard, 1 pound sliced pickles, 1 pound coleslaw, and 1.25 pounds of french fries go into this giant feast. If you can eat all of it in one hour, it’s free!
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8. BGR The Burger Joint
This small restaurant chain has a menu filled with noteworthy burgers, but one in particular stands out to those wanting to truly indulge: the 9 Pounder. The meat itself is 9 pounds, but with condiments and toppings, the entire burger weighs in at 15.4 pounds. Two heads of lettuce, eight tomatoes, three red onions, four whole pickles, and a whole lot of mayo go into this massive burger. If one person can eat the entire thing in one sitting, it’s free.
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7. Pho Garden: San Francisco
Pho Garden invites Pho lovers to indulge in a massive bowl filled with the restaurant’s signature soup. The challenge is to consume three bowls of their Pho Garden (Xe Lua) soup poured into one giant bowl, which totals to 2 pounds of noodles and 2 pounds of combination beef. If you can slurp down the meal in less than 60 minutes, it’s on the house and your photo will go on the wall of fame.
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6. Acme Oyster House: New Orleans
Winners of this seafood challenge get more than bragging rights; they are welcomed into the "15 Dozen Club" at this institutional New Orleans restaurant. The restaurant has been serving legendary oysters since 1910. Participants have to eat 15 dozen oysters (180) on the half-shell and have an hour to slurp down the seafood.
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5. Papa Bob’s Bar-B-Que: Kansas City, Kan.
Kansas City is known for their insane barbecue, and Papa Bob’s takes this insanity to the next level with their "Ultimate Destroyer Challenge." This barbecue delight is a massive sandwich, composed of a 12-inch hoagie bun, a half-pound of pulled pork, a half-pound of hickory-smoked sliced pork, a half-pound of hickory-smoked ham, a half-pound of hickory-smoked turkey breast, three half-pound hickory-smoked hamburgers, a half-pound of smoked brisket, smoked BBQ sausages, and plenty of sauce. Oh, and did we mention it comes with one and a half pounds of fries and four pickles?
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4. Mallie’s Sports Bar & Grill: Southgate, Mich.
This sports bar claims to have the world’s largest burger, so it is only fitting they have a challenge to go along with it. The "Hellfire Hat Trick" challenge is so hot that participants are required to sign a waiver before they start eating! The challenge tasks participants to consume one Hellfire burger, six Hellfire wings, and one bowl of Hellfire chili all in 30 minutes. The best part? Winners receive free burgers for an entire year.
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3. Paddy Long’s: Chicago
The name of the challenge at Paddy Long’s is straightforward: "The Bomb." Participants have 45 minutes to eat "The Bomb," which is 5 pounds of ground sausage, pork, and beef mixed with spices and then all wrapped in a weave of brown sugar bacon (yes, it is meat wrapped in meat). The meat is then cooked in the pig roaster and served with a large side of fries. Winners get a T-shirt and their picture on the wall of fame.
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2. Nitally's ThaiMex Cuisine: St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Inferno Soup Challenge at Nitally’s ThaiMex Cuisine combines two food challenge components in one; not only is the sheer quantity of food challenging, but it is also incredibly spicy. The soup is served in a 48-ounce bowl and contains 12 kinds of peppers from around the world. The spiciest pepper used is the bhut jolokia, also known as the Ghost Chile. Many have attempted the scorching soup, but few have succeeded in consuming the massive bowl in the time limit of thirty minutes.
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1. Stadium Grill: Columbia, Mo.
The Hail Mary Challenge at Stadium Grill is a beast — and many have failed to conquer it. The burger has just about everything on it, and a lot of it at that. It starts with 5 pounds of beef, and is then topped with bacon, pulled pork, three cheeses, onion rings, and fried eggs, all served with a pound of fries. Challengers have one hour to finish the meal, and the winner is given the $49.99 meal for free, a $50 gift card for every month until the next person wins and they are dethroned (or for one year).
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Some restaurants around the country pride themselves on a signature dish. And some of these places love their signature dish so much they decide to prepare it in mass amounts... and then challenge guests to eat as much of it as they possibly can. People from all over the world visit certain establishments to try these crazy food challenges. If they are victorious, they win not only pride, but usually a spot on a wall of fame.
All of these restaurant challenges have one thing in common — participants have to eat a ridiculous amount of food, and sometimes within a restricted amount of time. But not all of these challenges are created equally.
Check out the slideshow above to get an idea of just how crazy these food challenges can get.