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76 Gut-Busting Restaurant Challenges for Free Food

Gluttons for glory, gather round: There's a challenge for you.

Many folks know about the bile-inducing exploits of Adam Richman on the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food." You've probably thought about taking down a child-sized burrito or burger yourself. But where's the fun in retreading old ground? We have you covered, smothered and over-sized.

The new list is more frightening than ever, with fresh inductees like a super-sized donut, epic ice cream sundae, and the spiciest burger known to man. For those who believe restaurants in the U.S. are the only offenders of taste and decency, more than a few international eateries are now represented. Some challenges are rumored, so if you've participated in any, give us the details in the comments below.  

It's only a matter of time before Vegas bookies start taking bets on such gastrointestinal gambling. Read on for 76 of the most gratuitous food challenges anywhere in the world, complete with a side order of nausea, bloating and bragging rights.

 

ARIZONA

Ultimate slider challenge

1. Chompie's
Location: Four locations in Arizona
Food Challenge: The Ultimate Slider Challenge is yet another to be attempted and bested by "Man v. Food" host Adam Richman. Like that madman, you'll come face-to-face with 12 Jewish Sliders (beef brisket, potato pancakes and Jack cheese on a roll) and onion strings tipping the scale at 5 pounds. Finish alone in 30 minutes or less and the $39.95 meal is free, along with a T-shirt and eternal glory on the Wall of Fame.

 

ARKANSAS

pig n chik sarge burger

2. Pig N' Chik
Location: Sherwood, Arkansas
Food Challenge: Attempt to finish the Sarge Burger in 30 minutes or less, a feat accomplished by one lone soul to date. This burger contains 4 pounds of beef, a 1-pound bun and plenty of fixings. Finish in less than 30 minutes and it's free!

 

CALIFORNIA

Godzilla roll

3. Sushi Delight
Location: Lomita, California
Food Challenge: There has never been a more delicious way to commit hari-kari. The Godzilla Roll is 6 pounds of spicy tuna, lobster, imitation crab and 15 other ingredients, all wrapped in seaweed and covered in three sauces. Finish by your lonesome in an hour and get the $34.95 roll for free, as well as an "I Tamed the Beast" T-shirt and your pic on the Wall of Fame. Fail, and your mug is relegated to the Wall of Shame.

 

4. San Francisco Creamery Co.
Location: Walnut Creek, California
Food Challenge: Enter The Kitchen Sink Sundae Contest and get ready for the ultimate brain freeze! This epic sundae includes eight scoops of ice cream (your choice of flavors), eight toppings, three bananas, cherries and a heaping helping of whipped cream. Nuts are also included but can be substituted if necessary. You must finish this treat in less time than the current record holder. Winners receive the mammoth sundae for free plus free ice cream for a year (one single sundae per day).

 

lw pizza challenge

5. LW Pizza
Location: Long Beach, California
Food Challenge:LW Pizza dares you to eat an entire 28-inch pepperoni pizza in less than one hour. It's a no-no to use the bathroom or throw up during this hour-long challenge. Finish to receive $100 cash, a $100 LW Pizza Gift Card and your money back for the challenge pizza.

 

seiad restaurant pancake challenge

6. Seiad Valley Store and Café
Location: Seiad Valley, California
Food Challenge: Chow down on the Pancake Challenge. If you manage to eat all 5 pounds of pancakes (with syrup and butter) in two hours, your meal is free. In 15 years, only seven people have managed to get through the intimidating stacks.

 

7. The Broken Yolk Café
Location: San Diego, California
Food Challenge: If you love breakfast, why not try the Broken Yolk Iron Man and Iron Woman Special? This omelet is made with a dozen eggs and includes mushrooms, onions, American cheese and a slathering of chili and cheese. It also comes with home fries and two biscuits. Your breakfast is free if you finish in one hour.

 

pizza party food challenge Belly Buster

8. Pizza Party
Location: Santa Clara, California
Food Challenge: Eat one Belly Buster 20-inch pizza with cheese and two toppings in one hour or less. Unlimited water is included with the pizza, but you may not dip your pizza into the water (or any other drink). You have to keep all of it down and clean up the mess if you vomit. Finish and you'll receive your entry fee back (equal to half the cost of the pizza), a T-shirt, your picture on the wall and a free extra-large pizza every month for a year.

 

pho garden food challenge

9. Pho Garden
Location: San Francisco, California
Food Challenge: Step up to eat three large bowls of “Pho Garden” combined in one massive trough. This meal contains 2 pounds of noodles and 2 pounds of beef. If you succeed within the 60 minute time limit, the meal is free and Pho Garden will place your photo on their Wall of Champions.

 

COLORADO

bull burger challenge

10. Jack-n-Grill
Location: Denver, Colorado
Food Challenge: As seen on the Travel Channel's popular "Man vs. Food" show, the famous Jack-n-Grill 7-pound burrito eats more like a whole casserole than a burrito. People who finish this monstrosity get their picture taken and receive priceless gloating rights.

 

Beau Jo's Pizza Challenge

11. Beau Jo’s Pizza
Location: Seven locations in Colorado
Food Challenge: Grab a friend for the 14er Challenge at Beau Jo's. Scarf down a 14 lb mountain-style pizza in one hour to enjoy eternal glory and indigestion.

 

12. River Rock Cafe
Location: Walden, Colorado
Food Challenge: Arm yourself with asbestos and antacids to take on the 3-Pounder Competition at this restaurant in tiny Walden. It triples the 1-pound River Rock Volcano Burger, a flaming combo of beef, pepper jack cheese, chipotle sauce, jalapenos, bacon and flaked habaneros on a bun. Succeed and receive a free T-shirt, picture on the wall and full refund of the $24.95 price. To date, many have tried but none have bested the burger.

 

wing king challenge

13. West End Tavern
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Food Challenge: If you’re hungry for wings, step up to the Wing King Challenge. You must eat all 50 wings to the bone in 30 minutes. Winners get their wings for free, a T-shirt and a dozen free wings for another visit.

 

CONNECTICUT

Spikes challenge dog

14. Spike's Junkyard Dogs
Location: Nine Locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut
Food Challenge: This chain of old-school frankfurter stands has a different challenge at each store, all based on the time-honored tradition of eating a ridiculous amount of hot dogs. You're given 90 minutes to eat more $2.99 Sinatra Dogs (a plain hot dog on a large, Kaiser roll-style bun) than the current record holder. If you succeed, your entire order is free, along with a T-shirt and bragging rights over the defeated champ. Ask at your location for the number to beat.

 

FLORIDA

15. Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Food Challenge: To consume this spicy Thai soup containing noodles, chicken, carrots, cabbage, bean sprouts, crushed ghost pepper and a dozen other chilis, you must be at least 18, of sound mind and health, and stone-cold sober. You can’t leave your seat or “purge” during the challenge. Winners get $100, losers pay $65.

 

16. Burritos Mexican Grill
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Food Challenge: If "mongo" is code for absolutely frightening, the Mongo Burrito challenge is aptly named. This over-sized dish weighs in at 8 pounds, measures nearly two feet in length, and contains four tortillas, refried beans, beef, chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and onion, all smothered and topped with cheese. Finish in one hour with no help and it's free, plus one complimentary dinner every month for a year. Ask your server before ordering for the price and other rules.

 

17. Bokampers
Location: Plantation, Florida
Food Challenge: Swallow The Beast! You have one hour to devour a 3-pound burger with eight slices of bacon, four slabs of cheese, four farm-fresh fried eggs and French fries. Finish in time and the burger is free. Bokampers also will post your picture on their Wall of Fame.

 

18. Acme Oyster House
Location: Four locations in Louisiana
Food Challenge: Membership in the 15 Dozen Club is an honor only 28 of 150 challengers have earned at this small chain of seafood shacks. If you can successfully shuck, slurp and swallow 180 oysters, you're rewarded with a full refund, an Acme T-shirt and hat, and your name on the Wall of Fame. Rules, pricing and prizes vary by location, but the stacks of half-shell oysters are always served in the same intimidating way: A Leaning Tower of Shellfish.

 

19. Stevie Tomato’s Sports Page
Location: Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples, Florida
Food Challenge: Try to eat Stevie’s 5-pound Heavyweight Champ Burger in 30 minutes. This massive burger includes 3 pounds of beef, a half-pound of lettuce, a half-pound of tomato and a bun. If you get it all down in 30 minutes, the burger is free.

 

20. Quickies Burgers & Wings
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Food Challenge: Finish a 4-pound Burger with all toppings in one hour and it's completely free. You must call ahead to enter this challenge.

 

21. Pazza Bistro
Location: Pinellas Park, Florida
Food Challenge: Don’t let the casual Italian elegance of their website fool you; the folks at Pazza Bistro are pure evil. They challenge you to conquer their Inferno Pizza containing super-spicy sauce and fresh Jalapenos, Habaneros and Ghost peppers. You have 20 minutes to eat an entire 8-slice pizza and must lick the plate clean. Your fingers, face and other body parts must also be free of pizza to win. No napkins allowed but you are permitted one large cup of water. Despite the wickedness of the challenge, the prize is pretty sweet: free soda for life, a free tee shirt, your crying mug on the Wall of Flame, and 10-percent off your meal whenever you wear your winning tee shirt.

 

22. Eddies Bar and Grill
Location: Dunedin, Florida
Food Challenge: Attempt to finish Eddie’s Monsta Burger, including 3 pounds of meat, fixings and 1 pound of fries, all in less than 30 minutes. If you succeed, the burger is free.

 

23. Munchies 420 Cafe
Location: Gainesville & Sarasota, Florida
Food Challenge: The restaurant name might be funny but their challenge is no joke. The Fire In Your Hole Wings Challenge requires you to eat 10 of their extra-hot wings in 20 minutes or less. You’re permitted a few sips of water and winners get their photo on the Wall of Fame. Lose and your photo goes on the Wall of Shame. Details about the challenge are not listed on the website, so ask your server for details.

 

GEORGIA

Carnivore Challenge Pizza Challenge

24. Big Pie in the Sky
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Food Challenge: Take on the Carnivore Challenge with a friend to eat an 11-pound pizza in one hour. If you follow the rules and succeed, you'll win $250 (or $200, since the entry fee is $50).

 

IDAHO

25. Superb Sushi
Location: Boise, Idaho
Food Challenge: This sushi joint boasts three challenges, the La Bomba Roll Challenge, Death Roll Challenge, and Demon's Delight Challenge. The Death Roll Challenge includes a “Bowl of Miso Soup from Hell” and a Spicy Tuna Roll containing a teaspoon each of Ghost Chili powder and Demon’s Blood, plus two diced Habanero peppers and one diced Ghost pepper. All that hotness doesn’t include the topping, which features diced Habanero and Ghost peppers, plus “Hot Streak” death sauce, secret “Heat Seeker” sauce, more Ghost Chili powder and a side of #2 death sauce sprinkled with Demon’s Blood. Consume all this in ten minutes, keep it down and don’t drink anything for another five minutes, and you’ll achieve Elite Heat Status with a picture “on the highest of challenge walls,” plus the roll and a tee shirt for free.

 

ILLINOIS

Lucky's Sandwich Contest

26. Lucky’s
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Food Challenge: You have one hour to finish three sandwiches in Lucky’s Sandwich Contest (roast beef, pastrami, corned beef, capicola, smoked turkey, ham, Cajum chicken, The Fredo, The Two Bagger or Salami plus toppings). Finish and receive the third sandwich free, a T-shirt and your photo on the Wall of Fame. Finish in 30 minutes to receive all sandwiches free.

 

big fat and ugly food challenge

27. Fat Sandwich Company
Location: Champaign, Illinois
Food Challenge: Eat a Big, Fat and Ugly in under 15 minutes and it's free. This includes two rolls, four cheeseburgers, double cheese steak, chicken cheese steak, gyro meat, grilled chicken, bacon sausage, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, mac 'n cheese bites, fried mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, pizza bites, onion rings, hash browns, mini corn dogs, American cheese, mayonnaise ketchup poppers and pizza bites.

 

28. Windhill Pancake Parlor
Location: McHenry, Illinois
Food Challenge: Be glad pancakes aren't actually part of the Ironman Challenge. This breakfast behemoth is a 12 egg omelet stuffed with mushrooms, onions and cheese, then covered in chili and more cheese. Finish the omelet, a giant portion of fries and two biscuits in an hour to get the meal for $1.99, along with a free T-shirt and your name on the Wall of Fame with 18 other iron men. Contestants who use the bathroom, go outside or toss in the towel forfeit the $25 cost and join over 100 losers.

 

INDIANA

29. Mug N' Bun
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Food Challenge: The Mug N' Bun Monster challenge pits you against the most gargantuan offerings at this drive-in, including a deluxe triple tenderloin (breaded chicken, lettuce, tomato and cheese), family-sized fry and 32-ounce drink. Take it down in 30 minutes and get the $15 meal for free, a T-shirt and your face in the Hall of Fame. Another dangerous yet affordable challenge.

 

30. Barlo’s Pizza
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Food Challenge: Take on the Big 29 Challenge at this Indy-based pizza joint. It's a 29-inch, one-topping pizza that must be consumed by one person in less than one hour. If you manage to finish the pizza, you'll receive the meal for free and a cash prize ranging from $300 to $1000.

 

i pie challenge

31. Eat at the Eye
Location: LaPorte, Indiana
Food Challenge: Bring a friend and attempt the “I” Pie Challenge. This 16-by-24-inch Sicilian-style Meat Lovers Pizza must be consumed within one hour. You may not dip your pizza into any beverages and to participate you must call in advance. If you beat the “I” Pie Challenge, you'll receive the pizza for free, one free pizza per month for a year and a T-shirt.

 

kelsey's 6 pound challenge

32. Kelsey’s Steak & Seafood
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Food Challenge: Meat lovers can indulge in the 6-pound Challenge at Kelsey’s Steak & Seafood. This challenge includes a 96-ounce top sirloin steak, baked potato, small house salad or soup, and one slice of bread. If you can eat it all in one hour, it's free. The challenge is only available with reservations Sunday through Thursday.

 

33. Sam’s Steak House
Location: Marshall, Illinois and Terre Haute, Indiana
Food Challenge: Take on the 48-ounce Steak Challenge. If you can finish the entire steak in less than 20 minutes, Sam's gives it to you for free.

 

34. Sammy’s Pizza and Salad
Location: Greenwood, Indiana
Food Challenge: Complete the 20-inch Challenge: Finish a 20-inch pizza solo in one hour and it’s completely free.

 

IOWA

35. Jethro's BBQ
Location: Ankeny, Altoona, Drake, Johnstown and Waukee, Iowa
Food Challenge: Think you can take down a challenge even Man V. Food’s Adam Richman couldn’t conquer? The Adam Emmenecker Challenge defeated the Travel Channel star along with tons of other attempters. Just try eating a cheeseburger with pork tenderloin, buffalo chicken tenders, brisket, bacon, white cheddar sauce, fried cheese curds and spicy pickle, plus a whole pound of waffle fries, in 15 minutes or less. Winners get a free tee shirt, Wall of Fame bragging rights and the burger for free.

 

KANSAS

Ultimate Destroyer Free Food Challenge

36. Papa Bob’s Bar-B-Que
Location: Bonner Springs, Kansas
Food Challenge: Finish the Ultimate Destroyer -- a giant 12-inch sandwich with a half-pound each of pulled pork and hickory-smoked sliced pork with two slices of bread -- in 45 minutes or less and Papa Bob's will refund your $45 entry fee. You also have to consume the one-and-a-half pounds of fries and four pickle spears that accompany the sandwich.

 

specks burger challenge

37. Specks Bar and Grill
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Food Challenge: Try to take down the Speck Burger in less than 45 minutes. This is a 3-pound burger with all the toppings and a full serving of French fries. Complete the challenge and your burger is free.

 

KENTUCKY

38. Chubby Ray’s
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Food Challenge: See if you can finish the Fat Teddy 5-Pound Burger. You have one hour to complete the challenge and puking is not allowed. Fail and you pay for your burger. In a generous turn, win or fail you receive a free T-shirt.

 

LOUISIANNA

bull burger challenge

39. Lucille’s Café
Location: Leesville, Louisiana
Food Challenge: Attempt to finish the Bull Burger at Lucille’s Café. This massive burger contains 2 1/2 pounds of hamburger, four slices of cheese, four slices of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mayo, mustard and French fries. Complete this challenge in 30 minutes and you'll see your photo on the Bull Board, win a T-shirt and get your burger for free.

 

40. Acme Oyster House
Location:Sandestin, Florida
Food Challenge: Membership in the 15 Dozen Club is an honor only 28 of 150 challengers have earned at this small chain of seafood shacks. If you can successfully shuck, slurp and swallow 180 oysters, you're rewarded with a full refund, an Acme T-shirt and hat, and your name on the Wall of Fame. Rules, pricing and prizes vary by location, but the stacks of half-shell oysters are always served in the same intimidating way: A Leaning Tower of Shellfish.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Spikes challenge dog

41. Spike's Junkyard Dogs
Location: Nine Locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut
Food Challenge: This chain of old-school frankfurter stands has a different challenge at each store, all based on the time-honored tradition of eating a ridiculous amount of hot dogs. You're given 90 minutes to eat more $2.99 Sinatra Dogs (a plain hot dog on a large, Kaiser roll-style bun) than the current record holder. If you succeed, your entire order is free, along with a T-shirt and bragging rights over the defeated champ. Ask at your location for the number to beat.

 

42. Maynard Village Pizza
Location: Maynard, Massachusetts
Food Challenge: If you can stomach nearly 3 feet worth of food, take on Big Bill's Challenge. Eat any 30-inch sub by yourself in under 30 minutes and get the meal for free. The parlor puts a unique twist on gluttony during the week of Big Bill's birthday (Feb. 2 through 6), when challengers can register to go mano-a-mano with Bill himself. The first person to finish a 30-inch sub wins a $150 gift card to Simon Malls and a $100 Maynard Pizza gift card. The runner up gets a $50 MVP card. Price for entry varies by what you order.

 

43. Eagles Deli and Restaurant
Location: Brighton, Massachusetts
Food Challenge: A family of ever-larger burgers populates the menu at Eagle's Deli, with five different patties ranging from 1 1/2 pounds to 5 pounds. Only the largest, the $65 Eagle's Challenge, is eligible for rewards. The monster burger shoves 5 pounds of beef (almost 10 patties), 20 pieces of bacon and 20 slices of American cheese between a fat bun, then adds 5 pounds of fries, a deli pickle and fountain soda for good measure. Take all 12 pounds down in an hour for a full refund and $100 gift card. Your parents would be proud-ish.

 

MICHIGAN

Wicked wich

44. 'Wiches
Location: Oxford, Michigan
Food Challenge: A clever sandwich with an intense origin story, The 'Wichzilla borders on pure, delicious evil. It's 4 1/2 pounds of turkey, ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and aioli, all bound between two slabs of bread for $15. Defeat it in under 30 minutes and three seconds (random) to win a $25 gift certificate, a T-shirt and picture on the Wall of Fame. Losers end up on the Wall of Shame. Currently, only six of 14 'wich slayers have succeeded.

 

MISSOURI

Mama's challenge

45. Mama Campisi's
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Food Challenge: The Mama's Challenge is less about pasta and more about one enormous wad of meat. Finish a large bowl of spaghetti topped with marinara and a meatball slightly larger than a softball to get the meal and a T-shirt on the house. With something that over-sized, you know it's made fresh by several hands. At $24.99, it's also one of the more modestly-priced challenges around.

 

pointersaurus pizza

46. Pointers Delivery
Location: Richmond Heights, Missouri
Food Challenge: Two people have one hour to take on the 28-inch Pointersaurus Pizza, weighing in at 10 pounds with two meat or four veggie toppings. Finish in the time allotted to receive $500, plus receive back the $50 entry fee.

 

47. Crown Candy Kitchen
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Food Challenge: In 1913, the founders of this old-time candy store dreamed up The Five Malt Challenge: Drink five 24-ounce malts or shakes in 30 minutes and they're yours for free. The ensuing years brought a free T-shirt and permanent place on a winner's plaque. Flavors are your choice at the time of the challenge. Later bloating, well...that's all you, too.

 

MONTANA

48. Trimbo's
Location: Butte, Montana
Food Challenge: The Jumboli Challenge is a raging plate of Italian likened to a Stromboli on steroids. It's 80 ounces (5 pounds) of mozzarella, pizza sauce, fried peppers, onions, capicola, salami, pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, spinach, ricotta and whatever else the cook feels like tossing in. Finish it plus a drink in 60 minutes, by yourself, and the $29.50 meal is free along with a place on the Wall of Fame. Call ahead as the challenge is only done by reservation.

 

NEW JERSEY

50lb mt olympus burger

49. Clinton Station Diner
Location: Clinton, New Jersey
Food Challenge: You and four friends can try to mount the 50-pound Mt. Olympus Burger in three hours. It's free if you finish.

 

NEW MEXICO

Sadie's sopaipilla challenge

50. Sadie's of New Mexico
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Food Challenge: The delicious pillows of dough known as sopaipillas take on a dastardly form in Sadie's Sopaipilla Challenge, which asks you to consume seven pounds of sopaipilla filled with beef or chicken and smothered in red or green chile, then topped with salsa, lettuce, tomato and tostados. To add insult to stomachache, you must finish a small dessert sopaipilla as well. Sadie has a laundry list of rules, so ask your waiter for the current price and be prepared to pay in full beforehand, finish the meal in an hour and not leave the table to win your money back. Puking in the provided bucket is appreciated, yet still a sign of forfeit. As of posting, eight people have beaten this monstrosity.

 

NEW YORK

Jumbo Curry challenge

51. Kenka
Location: New York City, New York
Food Challenge: At this East Village eatery, the artery-clogging comes with a side of rice in the Jumbo Curry Challenge. Eat 4 pounds of curry (including rice) in under 20 minutes and the whole shebang is free. Otherwise, be prepared to cough up $25.

 

Port royal challenges

52. Port Royal Grille
Location: Islip, New York
Food Challenge: The Davy Jones' Locker challenge is everything but the saltwater, clocking in at over 6 pounds of crab claw, steamed mussels, fried clam strips, shrimp skewers, soup or salad, crab and shrimp-stuffed flounder, and your choice of two sides for $59.95. Finish the meal alone in under an hour and it's on the house.

 

Swingbellys challenge

53. Swingbellys BBQ
Location: Long Beach, New York
Food Challenge: A small farm's worth of smokehouse goodness doesn't even come close to describing The Swingbellys Challenge, a smorgasbord with 1/4-pound each of pulled pork and beef brisket on Texas toast, four wings, three rib tips, a full slab of ribs, two sides and cornbread. To keep things ultra meaty, salad, corn on the cob and grilled veggies don't count as a side. One person has an hour to finish everything without leaving the table. If you win, the $34.99 meal is free, along with a complimentary T-shirt and residence on the Wall of Fame.

 

54. Mojave
Location: Queens, New York
Food Challenge: The bartenders at this Northeast joint crafted The Punisher Tequila to give folks a kick in the teeth, courtesy of the Southwest. It features Los Generales agave tequila infused with the original bad boy of heat, habanero pepper. Take a straight shot of The Punisher and keep it down to earn a place on the Wall of Fame. The price changes with each batch and, unfortunately, so do the rewards. A bartender mentioned some batches aren't hot enough to warrant a place on the wall.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Big A Challenge

55. HWY 55
Location: Multiple locations in North Carolina
Food Challenge: Step up to the plate and take the 55 Challenge. They will stack up almost 55 ounces of meat on a burger bun, top it with at least four trimmings and throw in a side of fries with a 24-ounce soda. If you can eat it all in 30 minutes or less, it's on the house. If you can't finish or you cheat, you get to pay for it.

 

OREGON

56. Voodoo Donuts
Location: Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado
Food Challenge: With three locations in Oregon and one in Colorado, this irreverent doughnut shop offers unique twists on America’s favorite breakfast. In addition to cereal-topped doughnuts and confections with curious names, Voodoo offers an eating challenge featuring a super-sized doughnut equivalent to six of their regular-sized doughnuts. Consume the Tex-Ass Challenge doughnut in 80 seconds or less and you’ll get your money back.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Beer Barrel Belly Buster

57. Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub
Location: Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Food Challenge: Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub isn’t satisfied with just one challenge, so it offers five:
Beer Barrel Belly Buster - Two-man challenge featuring 15 lbs of burger, fixings and buns topped with several dill pickle spears.
Pub Challenger - Eat this two-pound beef burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers and pickles within one hour and receive a t-shirt, certificate, Hall of Fame inclusion and half-off the cost of the burger.
Beer Barrel Burgernator - This one’s for the meat ‘n cheese lovers. Two people must take down 25 lbs of beef and cheese to win. Additional details are not available on the website, but 72 hours notice is required and more information will become available from your server.
The Pub Super Challenger - This three pound “baby boy” of a burger features all the fixin’s including lettuce, tomato, cheese, onions, ketchup and mustard. Finish it within an hour and a half and receive the burger free plus a t-shirt, certificate and Hall of Fame status.
The Ye Old 96er - Finish off six pounds of ground beef and fixin’s in three hours and you’ll conquer this ol’ beast.

 

Drinkers challenge

58. Drinker's
Location: Three locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Food Challenge: The Drinker's Challenge has nothing to do with liquor and everything to do with its equally-intoxicating food cousin: tacos. Demolish 33 soft-shell tacos with ground beef, lettuce, tomato and cheese in 13 minutes to get the meal for free, as well as a T-shirt, your name engraved on a plaque and one bottle of Joe's Taco Sauce. Walk-ins are welcome if you begin by 11 p.m. Ask your server for pricing.

 

59. The Edinboro Hotel
Location: Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Food Challenge: Turns out The Loch Ness Monster isn't a mythical creature in the Scottish Highlands, but rather a mass of meat, veg and calories. The challenge contains over 8 pounds of steak, meatballs, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers and provolone, all slathered in marinara and stuffed in a full loaf of Italian bread. Tame Nessie in an hour and a half and get the meal, a T-shirt and Wall of Fame pic, all on the house. Lose, and the shame will cost $45.99. Call at least an hour beforehand so the cook can prepare the beast.

 

RHODE ISLAND

Spikes challenge dog

60. Spike's Junkyard Dogs
Location: Nine Locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut
Food Challenge: This chain of old-school frankfurter stands has a different challenge at each store, all based on the time-honored tradition of eating a ridiculous amount of hot dogs. You're given 90 minutes to eat more $2.99 Sinatra Dogs (a plain hot dog on a large, Kaiser roll-style bun) than the current record holder. If you succeed, your entire order is free, along with a T-shirt and bragging rights over the defeated champ. Ask at your location for the number to beat.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

61. Marlin's Family Restaurant
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Food Challenge: The Marlin's Challenge burger at this local haunt is truly harrowing, featuring a 3-pound burger with lettuce, cheese and pickles between an enormous bun, all generously buffeted with a pound of fries. Finish the bad boy in an hour or less to earn your money back. Ask your server for the current price.

 

TENNESSEE

10 Pound Cheese steak

62. Piranha's Bar and Grill
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Food Challenge: The Titan Cheese Steak at Piranha's is worthy of a demi-god even before it's blown to overzealous proportions. The 10-Pound Cheese Steak Challenge takes shaved beef, cheese, coleslaw, fries, onions and peppers and throws them on a bun the size of a child. Winners get their money back and a $100 cash prize, while losers pay $50 for the meal. To date, only one person has completed the challenge: A woman weighing under 100 pounds, who finished the sandwich on New Years' Eve. Take that, boys.

 

kookamonga burger

63. Kooky Canuck
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Food Challenge: We dare you to try and eat the entire Kookamonga Burger. This monstrous burger includes 4 pounds of ground chuck, a 2-pound bun, 1 1/2 pounds of lettuce/tomato/pickle/onion/cheese, all totaling 7 1/2 pounds of food with optional fries. You'll need 26 hours of aerobics to burn off this whopping 12,387 calorie burger. Finish in 60 minutes and it's free. Kooky Canuck also will post your picture on their Hall of Fame. Fail and you'll pay for the burger plus see your scowl on the Hall of Shame.

 

TEXAS

Full o bull platter

64. Cowtown Diner
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Food Challenge: Meat isn't enough for the folks who invented the Full o' Bull Platter, a colossal chicken-fried steak challenge straight from the heart of Texas. Call a day in advance and for $70, the cook will take a 64-ounce steak, toss it in batter, throw it in the frier, ladle on country gravy and surround it with 6 pounds of mashed potatoes and 10 pieces of Texas toast. A tiny glimmer of hope: You have the entire business day (7 a.m. to 2 a.m.) to finish the challenge. Winners get a full refund and losers feed a family of five for a week.

 

65. The Big Texan Steak Ranch
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Food Challenge: Try to take on the 72-ounce Steak Challenge with buttered roll, shrimp cocktail, salad, and potato in one hour and you get refunded the $72 you pay to participate. The current record-holder downed the meal in less than five minutes and then opted for another 72-ounce steak, which she finished in less than 10 minutes.

 

66. Andy's Kitchen
Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
Food Challenge: The folks at Andy's Kitchen turn chicken-fried steak into a weapon of arterial destruction with The Andy's Challenge. Finish a 2-pound chicken-fried steak, 10 ounces of mashed potatoes and 4 ounces of green beans to earn a full refund. Speak with your server before ordering as the price, time limit and rules change occasionally.

 

67. Chunky's Burgers & More
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Food Challenge: Declared the “hottest burger on the planet” by Man V. Food, the 4 Horsemen Challenge is not for delicate taste buds. Heat seekers have 25 minutes to finish the burger featuring fresh Serrano, Jalapeno, Ghost peppers and Habanero sauce, and must keep it down for five minutes. You can consume or drink anything else during the challenge except for remedies. A “chuck” bucket is provided for anyone who needs to dispel the devilish burger from their systems, but a $20 clean-up fee is tacked onto the price of the burger if you miss the bucket.

 

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Australia's biggest hamburger challenge

68. Cavendish Cafe
Location: Cavendish, Victoria, Australia
Food Challenge: This modest eatery crafts the most un-modest grub south of the Equator with Australia's Biggest Hamburger Challenge. You and a friend have one hour to finish three 3-pound patties, 20 slices of bacon, 8 eggs, cheese, onions, tomatoes, pickles and lettuce between a 3-pound bun. The whole meal weighs in at 8 kilograms (nearly 18 pounds). Succeed and the burger is free. This beast overshadows the 4 KG Burger, a similar though less impressive challenge made for one person. Call ahead for pricing and to schedule a time.

 

69. Real Sports Bar and Grill
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Food Challenge: Like football players, The Hail Mary challenge at Real Sports Bar and Grill is large, brutal and possibly on steroids. Down a 67-ounce rib-eye steak along with a pound each of fries and coleslaw for a refund of your $74.99 CAD bill.

 

70. Rupali
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Food Challenge: Eternity in the real Hades seems like a weekend in Aspen when compared to the Curry Hell Challenge. This British curry house whips up chicken curry spiked with a secret combination of chillies and potential death, then serves it on a bed of rice. The recipe was created in 1987, and since then less than 100 people have mastered what celeb chef Gordon Ramsey dubbed "brutal." Rupali claims Curry Hell holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest curry in the world. Finish the entire dish for your money back, a signed certificate and your picture immortalized in the restaurant and online. Ask your server for pricing.

 

71. Mick and Angelo's Eatery and Bar
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Food Challenge: Just like your Italian mother used to make when cooking for you, your siblings and the entire extended family. The Italian Challenge packs soup, lasagna, spaghetti, meatballs, manicotti, cannelloni, chicken parmigiana, a garlic loaf and an apple blossom on one platter, then wills you to down it all in 90 minutes by yourself. Succeed, you earn a free meal, T-shirt and spot on the Wall of Fame. Fail, you cough up $49.99 CAD and are relegated to the Wall of Shame.

 

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These challenges don't hold the allure of a free meal, but bragging rights are on the line. Thin-tongued folks beware: All but two are likely to burn a hole through your skull.

 

Cold Sweat ice cream

72. Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream
Location: Angier, North Carolina
Food Challenge: Until the aptly-named Cold Sweat premiered, eating ice cream was never equated with sticking your tongue in hot coals. This abomination of a dessert is made with hot sauce, peppers and pepper extract. Although no award is given for trying or finishing Cold Sweat, the liability waiver (yes, for ice cream) is worth a mention: Expectant mothers, children under 18 and people over 30 are strongly advised not to indulge.

 

73. Spices
Location: Washington, D.C.
Food Challenge: Anything with the word "suicide" is guaranteed to entice food challenge devotees, and the Suicide Curry makes good on its name. Survive your choice of chicken, beef or pork in a coconut curry sauce with onions, chili and extra spices. Winners leave with bragging rights and damaged taste buds. It's one of only two meals on the list to offer no refund or enticing reward, but at $10 for a curry dinner, it's a steal.

 

74. Brick Lane Curry House
Location: New York City, New York
Food Challenge: Diners who dare and defeat the P'hall Curry Challenge are dubbed "Curry Monsters" for good reason. P'hall is a freakishly spicy curry mix, prepared by a gas mask-wearing chef and served with your choice of meat, tofu or veggies. After a sampling, Adam Richman of "Man vs. Food" claimed it was "more pain and sweat than flavor." There's no time limit; just down the whole dish and a bottle of beer is on the house. Ask for pricing beforehand.

 

The big al

75. Fergburger
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Food Challenge: Fergburger in southern New Zealand fits the bill for grossly over-sized grub with a menu of giant burgers. The Big Al is king, a double-decker featuring a pound of beef, loads of round bacon, cheese, two fried eggs, sliced beet, lettuce, tomato, red onion, relish and aioli tucked into a bulging bun. The burger isn't technically a challenge -- there's no opportunity for a refund on the $17.50 NZD asking price -- but it's easily one of the largest eats in New Zealand.

 

76. Kenny and Ziggy's Delicatessen
Location: Houston, Texas
Food Challenge: This East Coast transplant features a sandwich challenge built to quell any kvetcher: The Zellagabetsky. It's an eight-decker on rye, stacked with corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, salami, Swiss and tongue cheese, Russian dressing and red sweet peppers. Finish by yourself in the deli (no time limit) and be rewarded with a free piece of cheesecake. Oy, gevalt.

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