Every living thing needs to eat to survive, but some eat for the glory. Americans love their large quantities, but not just to fill their bellies – many do it as sport. Throughout the U.S., there are hundreds of food challenges that test the limits of just how much one person can consume in one sitting. You may think its gross, but for some, it’s a way of life! And really, who’s to say there’s more glory in scoring a touchdown than there is in eating 100 hot dogs in five minutes? We’re not one to judge! Here are five of the craziest food challenges we’ve heard of throughout America.
Mama Campisi’s Mama’s Challenge
Got a little mobster in you? You might be able to take on this pure Italian challenge straight from St. Louis’ Hill, a spot filled with traditional Italian eats claiming to be some of the very best in the country. Mama Campisi challenges you to a few POUNDS of spaghetti noodles topped with a meatball approximately the size of a bowling ball. If you love carbs, do this one for the free t-shirt you get if you can finish.
Edinboro Hotel’s Loch Ness Monster Challenge
Feeling monstrous? Take 90 minutes to work at this entire loaf of Italian bread stuffed with 1.5 pounds of steak, 2 pounds of meatballs, hot sausage, mushrooms, peppers and onions, topped with a massive gooey layer of Provolone cheese. Eat it for free if you finish it all, otherwise they’ll get you with a $50 bill.
Cowtown Diner’s Full O’ Bull Challenge
In Texas, bigger is always better, and their food challenges are no exception. Try on for size this 64-ounce deep-fried (yes, deep-fried) steak paired with 6 pounds of mashed potatoes and gravy. Need a little bread to sop that all up? Never fear – the last requirement is finishing off ten slices of Texas toast! You don’t mess with this bull unless you can take the horns.
Nitally’s ThaiMex Inferno Bowl
Florida may not be known for its Mexican or its Thai roots, but that didn’t stop St. Petersburg from creating once spicy challenge for those brave enough to take it on. Some challenges focus on quantity, and others stick to spice, but these Florida devils combined the two into one massive, 48 ounce bowl of “Satan Soup,” cooked with 12 different peppers, including the legendary ghost chili. The price for finishing this daunting task? A well-earned thousand dollars to buy yourself a few hundred gallons of milk to soothe your taste buds.
Fat Sandwich Company’s Big Fat Ugly Challenge
Feeling big, fat and ugly? You will be after this challenge. See how you feel after eating four cheeseburgers, a double-cheesesteak, a pile of gyro meat, grilled chicken, a pork roll, sausage, fried cheese, one chicken finger, jalapeno poppers, pizza bites, hash browns, a fried mushrooms topped with cheese, mayo and finally, the piece de resistance – ketchup. Sound good? We didn’t really think so, either.