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Dec 18, 2009 04:25 PM

Eating challenges in Tempe/Phoenix/Scottsdale areas?

I'm going to be in the Phoenix area for a week visiting some family, and while there's plenty of meals planned already, I'm wondering if there's any recommended eating challenges, ie. hot wings, in the area.

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  1. Can you clarify what you mean by "eating challenges"?

    Do you mean competitive eating events to see who can eat the most hot wings or some other food within a certain time?

    Do you mean competitions to see which restaurant makes the best version of a certain dish?

    Do you mean unusual foods that might challenge the taste buds?

    ...or maybe something else entirely?

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    1. re: silverbear

      I could be wrong, but I get the sense the OP is looking for something along the lines of what one would see on "Man vs. Food".

      The shtick, as far as I can tell, is to find a place serving the largest or hottest or stinkiest version of a quintessentially American food and then to attempt to polish it off within some specified time limit without vomiting or passing out. See John's example below.

      1. re: hohokam

        Thanks. I have never seen that show. I will have to check it out ...or maybe not.

    2. If one person finishes Big E's Pileup in 30 minutes or less, it's free.

      Big E's Pileup - 12 eggs, 3/4 lb Nueske's bacon, 12 slices of cheese, and lots of hash browns, all smothered in country gravy. Hot sauce is readily available.

      How is that for a challenge?

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      1. re: johnseberg

        Thanks John exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.

        And to clarify for silverbear above, looking for meals that are super spicy/hot/unusual whatever it may be, usually along the lines of "eat these 10 hot wings and they're free." Usually just something fun for me to do, done some with friends in the past and always a good time.

        1. re: fishermb

          Thanks for clarifying. At Durant's, a classic Phoenix steakhouse, I believe that anyone who eats the full 48 oz. porterhouse has his or her name put on a plaque on the wall.

          1. re: fishermb

            I should mention that Over Easy is small and usually busy. I try to get there between 6:30 and 7:00, to avoid a wait. Sometimes, I park in the strip mall, across the street. I've never been to the new location, but, I think it has received good reviews. You might check to see which location is closer to where you are staying.

          1. I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for, but you might check out the Heart Attack Grill. Diners over 350 lbs eat free, and I think there's some menu item that comes with a free wheelchair ride out to your car afterward or something. I've never actually been there, though.

            1. EatFeats is always a good place to check first:

              Here's one not listed:

              Also if you looking for a place to go absolutely crazy or just have your own eating contest hit up any of the "Phoenix Ranch Markets" I like the one on 16th and Roosevelt. Endless amazing cheap Mexican food and pastries. Gotta check it out if your into pushing the limits of your stomach :) Trust me on this one.. its Disneyland for food.