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parker394 May 25, 2010 04:54 PM

I'm looking for places that offer up food challenges. I've been to Orochon ramen for the spicy challenge #2 and El Tepeyac for the Manuel burrito.

El Tepeyac Restaurant
385 E Mill St Ste 4, San Bernardino, CA 92408

  1. A5 KOBE Aug 23, 2010 08:21 PM

    El Rey in Chino has a challenge where you have to eat two Cubana tortas and its free.

    El Reys
    9131 Mission Blvd, Riverside, CA 92509

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      Bradbury Aug 23, 2010 06:10 PM

      The Godzilla Roll at Sushi Delight in Lomita. Even if you can't finish it, $35 for 4 pounds of sushi is a decent doggie-bag value...

      Sushi Delight
      2117 Pacific Coast Hwy, Lomita, CA 90717

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      1. re: Bradbury
        Servorg Aug 23, 2010 06:12 PM

        This doesn't look http://www.ibetyouwont.com/godzilla-r... all that big (must be an optical illusion). Looks like something I could do...lol

        1. re: Bradbury
          Phurstluv Aug 23, 2010 06:48 PM

          Yeah, decent value, but you'd better eat it in less than a couple of hours after you're home - LOL! I don't think sushi "keeps"!!

          1. re: Phurstluv
            Bradbury Aug 24, 2010 03:45 PM

            Well, they're not exactly using top-grade tuna belly or such in the Godzilla Roll; if I recall correctly (from just rubbernecking) it's more cooked/processed ingredients like unagi, shrimp, surimi, etc., so it might just keep until morning!

            You could also just mix it all up, add some pureed white yam and a few eggs, fire up the griddle, and make The Mother Of All Hangover Okonomiyakis ;-)

        2. risapisa Aug 23, 2010 04:22 PM


          HUGE bowl! 30 min GO GO GO! let me know if you actually go :)

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            attran99 May 26, 2010 11:25 AM

            While not a formal challenge...The CATCH in Anaheim makes a 4 lb. burger served on a 14" bun. They're also willing to customize and add whatever toppings they have on hand. For the truly hungry, they can also increase the number of 4 lb. patties in the burger. We've been, and while it's impressive, it's actually pretty tasty, too.

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            1. re: attran99
              mucho gordo May 28, 2010 02:43 PM

              is it free if you can finish it? My son knows of a 5 pounder in Vegas that's free if you finish it.

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                attran99 Jun 1, 2010 10:48 AM

                It's not a challenge...just a fun thing to do.

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              mdpilam May 25, 2010 11:30 PM

              Jitlada now has a spicy challenge (actually, 3, I believe). Though last time I was there, I ordered Thai Spicy on our dishes, and they weren't very hot at all (not to mention the food was rather mediocre, as compared to the usual great).

              5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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              1. re: mdpilam
                Phurstluv May 26, 2010 08:16 AM


              2. J.L. May 25, 2010 10:44 PM

                Wakasaya (locations in Little Tokyo & Sawtelle) offers their Bikkuri Don challenge: A huge bowl of rice and fish (and a bowl of soup) - If the intrepid eater can finish everything in under 15 minutes, it's free. Otherwise, it's $45.

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                  JBC May 25, 2010 05:47 PM

                  I see you've watched Man Vs Food on The Travel Channel.

                  However, do you mean that if you accomplish the stated feat of consumption you get the meal free and/or your picture on the wall ? Or just a stated challenge from the menu ?

                  The largest steak in L.A. that comes "quickly" to mind is:

                  ..."Fillet- The Most Tender of all Cuts. 9 oz – 29.95; 12 oz – 32.95 and Yes, We Dare you 40 oz Filet Available 89.95" ..... At (dinner menu):


                  But if you eat the whole thing, I sincerely doubt it's free.

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                  1. re: JBC
                    JBC May 25, 2010 06:50 PM

                    They're 2 others that blipped on the radar screen:

                    1) Red Devil's (in Granada Hills) 28" pizza for 2 in 1/2 half hour.
                    . . a) If successful - Then it's free and a gift certificate for another one & your picture on their 28" wall of fame.
                    . . b) If you beat the 18 minute record - You get a $200 gift certificate.


                    2) On previous similar questions here people have suggested the Hawkins burger:


                    Hawkins House of Burgers
                    11603 S. Slater st.
                    Los Angeles, CA 90059
                    (3230 563-1129

                    Hawkins House of Burgers
                    11603 Slater St, Los Angeles, CA 90059

                    1. re: JBC
                      bulavinaka May 25, 2010 09:24 PM

                      Compounding on that Hawkins House megamonster, I recall seeing something about a 30x30 in-N-out burger being eaten by a college student.

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                        wienermobile May 25, 2010 11:06 PM

                        The largest burger In n Out will now make is a 4x4. It was a company wide decision.

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                          reality check Aug 23, 2010 05:15 PM

                          That is not true. I was at In N Out over the weekend and a kid, must have been in high school, got a 6 x 6.

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                            wienermobile Aug 23, 2010 05:21 PM

                            In n Out said they made the rule of no more than a 4x4's is because people were ordering 10x10's and larger. The burger were becoming too big to handle by the staff so they set the limit.

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                              A5 KOBE Aug 23, 2010 08:20 PM

                              Not true, I always order a 6x6 animal style and my buddy orders an 8x8.

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                                Phurstluv Aug 23, 2010 08:20 PM

                                Wow. I want to hang with you guys ;))

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                                  wienermobile Aug 23, 2010 10:45 PM

                                  Sorry,I guess I'm wrong, I had heard this from In n out corporate. Ask Huell Howser.

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                                    bulavinaka Aug 24, 2010 05:39 AM

                                    Maybe, "rules were meant to be broken," or at least overlooked on occasion?

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                                      GenevieveCa Aug 24, 2010 10:34 AM

                                      you're not wrong. In the past month i've been to 3 different locations and they flat out refused to make anything bigger than a 4x4, even after talking to a manager about it.
                                      Company wide.

                                      1. re: GenevieveCa
                                        monku Aug 24, 2010 10:58 AM

                                        Order two 4x4's and stack them yourself.

                          2. re: JBC
                            Phurstluv May 26, 2010 08:17 AM

                            Is the pizza any good?

                            1. re: Phurstluv
                              JBC May 26, 2010 10:52 AM

                              I have no Idea, never been there. But the OP asked for any L.A. food challenges out there. If it was me, and I was considering attempting that 28" pizza challenge, I would sample one of their regular sized pizzas, or just a slice or two, first and see if would be worth my effort(s). My gut feeling is that it's probably just a run-of-the-mill neighborhood pizza joint, at best just average, but potentially below average.

                        2. Servorg May 25, 2010 05:43 PM

                          Go to Animal and get the rib eye special for two. If you can finish that by yourself I will be officially impressed.

                          435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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