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May 25, 2010 04:54 PM

Food challenges

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

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  1. 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

    1. 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

        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

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

          1. re: bulavinaka

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

            1. re: wienermobile

              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.

              1. re: reality check

                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.

                1. re: wienermobile

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

                  1. re: A5 KOBE

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

                    1. re: A5 KOBE

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

                      1. re: wienermobile

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

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          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

                            Order two 4x4's and stack them yourself.

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  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. 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.

              1. 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. 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

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

                    1. re: mucho gordo

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