Competitive food challenges have always made up a unique part of the world, especially with television shows like “Man vs. Food” and the Major League Eating & International Federation of Competitive Eating forming. Here, in and around Houston, there are many restaurants you can walk in at any time to compete yourself. You never know who you will be competing with, but if up for the challenge, mow down on some massive burgers, sandwiches, BBQ or calzones, and come out a stuffed winner.
17422 Beaumont Highway
Houston, TX 77049
Having a craving for a burger the size of your face? Well, you’re in luck. Stop by Café Espanol and try the Gringo Burger, a one-pound burger that has enough meat to last you a week. Defeat this giant by competing in the competition, available at the restaurant any time. Try to tackle just one patty and if feeling brave enough, pile up to three of the one-pound patties onto your bun for an ultimate test. The burger comes with normal fixings so you don’t have to prepare for any unexpected roadblocks beyond the overwhelming size of the thing. Note: an upset stomach will likely ensue shortly after your attempt or defeat.
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The Backyard Grill
9453 Jones Road
Houston, TX 77065
Over the years, The Backyard Grill’s burgers have grown from a half-pound burger to what is now known as The Beast, a four-pound burger with all of the fixings. Each time The Backyard Grill grew its burger in size, there were many people who would meet the challenge. Finally, desiring to beat the burgers that were turned down on “Man vs. Food,” The Beast was born. According to the website, this mammoth comes with “four pounds of ground beef, eight slices of bacon, four slices of American cheese, four slices of Swiss cheese, mushrooms, jalapeños and the rest of the veggies on a 12-inch bun.” Pound this burger down in less than an hour and it’s all yours for no cost.
Kenny and Ziggy’s
2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
There is no time limit on The Zallagabetsky, a three-and-a-half- to four-pound sandwich, stacked eight deckers high with salami, roast turkey, corned beef, pastrami, coleslaw, roast beef, red peppers and Russian dressing all loaded on rye bread. Kenny and Ziggy’s are known for the people who drop by unexpectedly, like the Marx Brothers, Milton Berele (when Ziggy’s grandparents owned the deli) and Shaquille O’Neal, who actually tried to eat The Zallagabetsky. Come any time. If you finish The Zallagabetsky, you will receive a free slice of the famous cheesecake.
Central Texas Style BBQ
4110 W Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77581
Known for amazing BBQ in Pearland, Central Texas Style BBQ offers a BBQ Challenge. Eat a double-baked potato with one pound of chopped beef and one pound of sausage. If you do, your picture will be placed on the Wall of Fame. The only trick is, you have to finish the BBQ Challenge in less than an hour, so chew quickly. Come any time and try your luck at the BBQ Challenge.
2713 Rockyridge Drive
Houston, TX 77063
Do you have a big craving for Italian? Quench it by eating Nick’s Place’s huge calzone, The Cablinasuan. This folded pizza weighs in at over a pound and comes filled with Italian sausage, pepperoni, green bell peppers, marinara, ricotta and mozzarella cheese – all your favorites in a massive pizza pocket. This is one of the few competitive food challenges other than burgers, pizza and BBQ. You’ve put down on an entire pizza on your own before, so how hard can this calzone really be? Finish the calzone and a 22-ounce beer in under an hour and your picture will be displayed on the Wall of Fame.
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Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and in a short amount of time using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.