Eagle’s Challenge

September 23, 2009

Eagle's Challenge

Eagle's Challenge

Eagle’s Deli: This place is becoming a Boston institution that all Bostonians have to try. It is already well known amongst the Boston College crowd as the place to come if you have a HUGE appetite and want a burger. So some places just make a really big patty (See the Kookamonga) but Eagle’s Deli is one of those places that makes a standard ½ Lb patty and then stacks them higher and higher. They stack them all the way up to the Eagles Challenge which is 8 patties on one burger. That is crazy! Eagle’s deli has a saga on how the Eagle’s Challenge came into existence and it all started when the owner of Eagles Deli decided to make a double burger and called it the Godzilla Burger.

Now that is more than enough burger for me but not for Eagle’s Deli and so they doubled it to create the Cowabunga Burger with 2 Lb of meat and it is also server up with 2 Lb of fries. Now who was the first person to eat this burger is lost to time but Eagle’s Deli decided to make an even bigger burger at 3 Lb with 5 Lb of fries which was polished off by Shawn Reilly and then Paul Jones finished off the 4 Lb burger with 5 Lb of fries. And so we arrive at the 5 Lb Eagle’s Challenge with 5 Lb of fries. So far no one has yet to finish this behemoth but it will be named after the first person who does. To give you an idea of how great of a task this is lets get an idea of what people are attempting to eat, the Eagle’s Challenge is 5 Lb of Burger, 20 slices of cheese, 20 pieces of bacon, a giant pickle, and 5 Lb of fries. This is about 12 Lb of food! Over 1,500 have tried, none has succeeded.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.eaglesdeli.com/

Address: 1918 Beacon Street, Brighton, MA 02135

Phone: 617-731-3232

Map: http://tr.im/zwXp

Just ONE of the sandwiches!

Just ONE of the sandwiches!

Lucky’s Sandwich Company: A few years ago a guy stumbled into Lucky’s after a few too many drinks and with a huge appetite, he then proceeded to eat 3 of their LB stuffed sandwiches. Now that is just crazy and the owner thought so as well and so he created the Overstuffed Sandwich Challenge in honor of this guys feat. Now I have written about stuffed sandwiches before (see the post for Primanti’s Brothers) and so I am really looking forward to finding a place that makes stuffed sandwiches. Lucky’s Sandwich Company was opened in 2004 and with a simple menu of sandwiches, salads, chili, chicken tenders, fries, and wings. Oh and plenty of beer.

Now I wondered why this place is called Lucky’s and I found out that it is named after a former part owner of the Cubs who was the man who got Wrigley Field built. There are 17 different sandwiches to choose from and I want to try the Fredo, which is ham, salami, capicola and swiss, just because of the name. I don’t know if it is named for Fredo Corleone but I just want to try it. If that is not enough I can even add extras such as doubling the meat, adding a fried egg, or other things. This all sounds so good to me but of course this isn’t good eats, it is crazy eats and so the crazy thing here is the overstuffed sandwich challenge. They give each person an hour to eat the 3 sandwiches of your choice and if you eat the sandwiches in under 30 minutes you don’t have to pay for them, a little incentive to eat fast.  Each sandwich is made on thick sliced french bread with your choice of meat, cheese, an egg, tomato, coleslaw, and two handfuls of fries. Finish them all in less than an hour and you get your picture on the wall.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.luckysandwich.com/

Address: 3472 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: 773-549-0665

Map: http://tr.im/yweB

The Dagwood Challenge

August 26, 2009

The Dagwood Sandwich

The Dagwood Sandwich

Ohio Deli: One of my favorite comic strips is Blondie and I always get a kick out of the huge sandwiches that Dagwood Bumstead, the main character, makes. These sandwiches were not the type of sandwiches you normally see, in that they were made on sliced bread not on a big roll and so they were tall, not long. Well the Ohio Deli has decided that it needed to bring this sandwich to life with it’s Dagwood challenge.

Now instead of sliced bread they use part of a roll, which it is very necessary to have an upper and lower crust if you are trying to handle a sandwich this big. The Dagwood is a LB cold-cut sandwich that is served with a 1 LB of fries. Over 2,000 people have tried to eat it in 30 minutes but roughly 400 have succeeded and had their pictures posted on the wall.

The Dagwood is made with 7oz of smoked turkey, 7oz of Virginia ham, 7 oz of roast sirloin, swiss and american cheese, veggies, and roasted garlic mayo. They then slice it in half so you get this beautiful layering effect that would make Dagwood Bumstead proud to have a sandwich named after him and that makes it some crazy eats. If in the 30 minutes you defeat it you will get a t-shirt to declare it to the world.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

Address: 3444 S High Street, Columbus, OH 43207

Phone: (614) 497-0577

Map: http://tr.im/wE1H

note: as seen on Man vs Food on the Travel Channel

http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_v_Food

Phaal Curry

August 22, 2009

Phaal Curry

Phaal Curry

Brick Lane Curry House: Now I am not a guy who likes spicy foods, so you can call me a lightweight, but I love Indian food and true India food is spicy. The base used in most Indian food is curry, which is a stew like sauce that mixes coriander, cumin, and turmeric with a whole variety of chili’s. Now at the Brick Lane Curry House they have 14 different curries based on levels of heat, from mildest to spiciest. I personally would probably never go above even medium heat, but hey I am a lightweight.

Now the mildest curry is tikka masala, which has almost no spice, and the heat rises until you get to the hottest one called vindaloo. Each of the curries can be had with your choice of chicken, lamb, goat, fish, shrimp, paneer, tofu, or vegetables. But that is not it, there is also phaal for those who dare to test their tolerance of spice.

Phaal actually came from a dare to see who could eat the most spice and it is vindaloo to the power of 10. Now that is spicy and I don’t think I would even want to smell it. The cocktail of spices are so potent that the cook has to use a gas mask as protection to not breath any of spice powders in while cooking it. Phaal combines 10 different spices and if you can eat a whole 16 oz bowl of Phaal you get your picture on their website and a certificate of completion. Of all the people who have tried about 90% of people fail to conquer this beast.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.bricklanecurryhouse.com/

Address: 306 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

Map: http://tr.im/wDJi

note: as seen on Man vs Food on the Travel Channel

http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_v_Food

The Carnivore

August 14, 2009

Pizza...by the slice?

Pizza...by the slice?

Big Pie in the Sky: It is one thing to be a big eater and take down a big portion of food, but it is a whole another thing to get yourself a buddy who is willing to go after the glory with you. This place has a challenge that only two teams have been able to conquer, The Carnivore Challenge.

Big Pie in the Sky offers pizza by the slice, and these are from a 30 inch pizza mind you, or you can get a medium (16 inches), a large (20 inches) or the extra large (30 inches). You know you are in for a good time, and some Crazy Eats, when a medium is the size of places extra large. So you will know you can get a good deal on which ever pizza you decide to eat.

For the Carnivore Challenge you and a partner in crime must eat an extra large Carnivore pizza that weighs 11 LB. This thing is loaded down with 5 LB of meat: pepperoni, ground beef, Italian sausage, ham and bacon plus of course cheese and sauce. Do you think you could get them to put some garlic and extra cheese on the pizza? They give you and your partner an hour to eat the whole thing and they are strict as in they don’t let you leave the vicinity of your table during this time. If you succeed you will receive $250 of in house money, which means you will be coming back from more pizza on them. Over 400 people have tired it and to date only 2 teams have succeeded.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.bigpieinthesky.com/

Address: 2090 Baker Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: (770) 420-8883

For Map: http://tr.im/wr9H

note: as seen on Man vs Food on the Travel Channel

http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_v_Food

The Atomic Wings

August 14, 2009

Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube: This place is a cool old gas station that was converted to restaurant where they have even kept an old gas pump outside. If you are a gear head like me then you will love the décor of this place with race cars and other paraphernalia from the auto service industry of an age gone by. This places servers up over 70,000 wings a year and so you can see why that is what they are known for.

In the place where wings reign supreme you can get them in over 20 different flavors that range in heat levels from Ranch to Atomic. There are flavors such as Asian Sesame, Louisiana Lickers, and Pineapple Rum, I personally want to try the Dusted Chipotle BBQ. The menu is full of classic diner grub if you don’t want any wings, but why would you?

If you are one who love the heat and wants to test your taste buds, eat an order of 6 atomic wings and you get your name on the Atomic Wall of Flame and a bumper sticker. These wings are fresh jumbo sized wings that they coat with their homemade habenero hot sauce. These are so hot they even have you sign a Hold Harmless and Indemnification Agreement to even try and eat them, which is how you know they mean business. I am not a spice guy and never plan on trying these but those who are, you are in for some Crazy Eats.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.quakersteakandlube.com/

Address: 110 Andrew Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Phone: (412) 494-3344

For map: http://tr.im/wr56

note: as seen on Man vs Food on the Travel Channel

http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_v_Food

The Kookamonga

August 14, 2009

The Kookamonga

The Kookamonga

Kooky Canuck: You know the burger is huge when out of about 2,000 people that have tried to eat it only 5 have succeed. What is even crazier is that one guy has done it 3 different times! This is what you get when you challenge the Kookamonga and try to eat the LB burger with 4 LB of beef, LB of veggies on a 2 LB bun, all in 60 minutes.

When you read the list of ingredients you just wonder what on earth someone is thinking to try and eat it. The buns look like the size of a cushion for a stool, and there are two of them, no slicing them in half. To get an idea of how big the patty itself is think about those 5 LB logs of ground beef you buy at the store and only cutting a pound off of it. To not skimp on the quality they use 80% ground chuck, which is the same quality they use on their high quality burgers. Then they put on 8 slices of cheese, a whole onion, a whole tomato, and some lettuce.

You look at this burger and you just wonder what would possess a man or woman to even try and eat this thing, let alone eat it 3 times. Now you have 60 minutes to eat it and yet the record holder ate it in only 7 minutes 36 seconds. The name of this man will be familiar from my last post, Joey Chestnut, the eating machine. This is truly Crazy Eats.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.kookycanuck.com/

Address: 97 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: (901)578-9800

For Map: http://tr.im/wr0J

note: as seen on Man v Food on the Travel Channel

http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_v_Food