What if Man V. Food Came to B'ham? Or the whole State of Alabama?
Has anyone else seen the show, 'Man v. Food' on the Travel Channel?
If not, I'll summarize:
The idea is that the host, Adam Richman, travels to different cities - one city per episode - and begins the show by enjoying boast-worthy (world's best ___) or some other food at restaurants in the city that make it unique.
The last portion of episode includes the host doing some sort of eating challenge. For instance, in Amarillo he tried to consume a 72oz steak at the Big Texan. In Atlanta, it was an 11 lb. pizza. In Denver, a burrito that was made up of a dozen eggs, seven potatoes, etc etc etc) at Jack -n- Grill.
Some of the challenges aren't about quantity, rather if he can eat, say, six chicken wings that have been dipped in some sort of insane pepper concoction.
I have to admit, it's a fun show to watch.
I'd like to hear: if the show were to take place in Birmingham, what are the two or three restaurants to visit with Birmingham-unique, or 'world's best' foods that you would suggest?
And are there any restaurants with any kind of 'challenge' in the city? (I can't think of a single one.)
If the show were broadened to include the entire state of Alabama, I'd say that he should try white barbecue sauce at Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur, and West Indies salad in Mobile because those are two foods that were developed right here. For the challenge, he'd need to consume the most oysters to get the #1 spot on the board at Wintzell's in Mobile on Dauphin Street.
Now, I'm just getting this started because I'd love to hear what other foods y'all think we should be best-known for.
And for whatever reason, I'm drawing a blank (with the exception of Wintzell's and the oysters) as to what other AL restaurants have food challenges.
Similar sort of thing at Blackwell's a super-duper burger with fries that weighs in at about 4 lbs. $27, but if you eat it all in an hour (without tossing it) then it's free and they take your photo before parading you outside in a wheelbarrow.
Of course, there are innumerable buffets around town where one could, say, eat the entire buffet in one sitting, as so many people apparently do in the second-most obese state in the nation.
Must-eats that give a sense of place would include the tomato salad at Hot and Hot, some kind of Chilton County peach ice cream, some Yellow Moon cheese made with Wright's Dairy milk.