I was a devote of the Travel Channel’s Man vs Food. I loved to see if host/victim Adam Richman would complete whatever food related challenge that was presented to him in the various cities he would visit. I’m sure all of us have wondered from time to time, could I eat a giant insert-type-of-food-here? Could I stand the insanely hot habenero/ghost chili wings?
I’ve scouted out three local eating challenges that will put your gastric talents to the test for glory, or at least a t-shirt.
Lucky’s Burger & Brew – Roswell
Travel a little south of Holcomb Bridge and take on the Grim Reaper Challenge. Don’t let the name scare you, let the size of this massive burger scare you. It’s a four pound burger patty with eight slices of American cheese, 12 strips applewood smoked bacon, seven fried eggs, mound of onion rings and mayonnaise served on a specially made challah bun. Eat it by yourself and not die and you’ll win $250 and a t-shirt. Eat it with a friend and Lucky’s will cover the cost of the burger ($40). If any more participants join in, there is no prize, just heartburn. No one has completed the one or two person challenge to date. According to the person at Lucky’s I spoke to, there are an average of two to three challenges a month.
Big Pie in the Sky – Mansell Road
Fans of MvF have seen this monster of a pizza called the Carnivore Challenge featured several years ago. That was the Kennesaw location. You can take on this pizza at the Mansell location too. It’s eleven pounds of pizza covered in meat, meat and more meat. Two people get an hour to polish it off with no leaving, no heaving (if you do, you have to clean it up) and no breaks. Adam failed when his partner vomited. Seven teams have completed the challenge so far including a man and a woman team. Now that’s a real woman! I’m in love.
Tom and Chee – North Point
The seemingly innocent tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich shop next to the dainty Chicken Salad Chick holds a dark secret – the grilled cheese doughnut. Take a glazed doughnut, slice it in half, flip it around, slap on some cheese and toss it onto the flat top. If that sounds gross to you, you’re crazy. These things are delicious. And if you really like these grilled cheese doughnuts, you can enter the Baker’s Dozen Challenge. The name is pretty self explanatory – eat 13 grilled cheese doughnuts in ten minutes. I would be interested in trying, but wolfing down nearly 7,000 calories in ten minutes? No thanks.
I tried to eat a huge burrito dubbed El Gigante when I was in high school. I cried no mas and was sent home in shame. I try to convince my wife to let me enter the annual Dutch Monkey Doughnuts eating contest, but to no avail. If anyone has or will try one of these contests, please let me know. I want to be there to cheer you on. And to dial 9-1-1 if necessary.