The Barking Crab

August 18, 2009

The Barking Crab

The Barking Crab

The Barking Crab: I that when I was a kid and we got to have some crab I wanted to use something to smash it open instead of the nut crackers that my parents had. Well at the Barking Crab each of the tables has a rock the size of a smushed softball that you can use to smash open your crab, lobster or whichever other shell fish you get. There a paper plates so that you can cover your meal while you smash it. This makes for a lot of fun and some Crazy Eats.

They serve a traditional New England clam bake that includes a LB lobster, clams, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. All it is boiled together and weights a total of LB, plus you have a bowl of clam chowder to go with it. Of if you want to get fried seafood, get the fisherman’s platter, which is LB of fried seafood on a mound of fries.

You can get lobster up to 3 LB here and you can get it by itself or you can have a have it stuffed with a scallop, shrimp, bread, herb, and white wine dressing and then baked. You can choose from 5 different types of crab or you can get the mixed crab bowl with 2 LB of snow crab, 1 LB of Dungeness crab clusters, and 1 LB of king crab legs served with drawn butter. So this is one to places to go if you want to smash open your crab with rock while getting top quality seafood.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.barkingcrab.com/

Address: 88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

Phone: (617)426-2722

Map: http://tr.im/wDzu

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

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

Stepping Stone Cafe

Stepping Stone Cafe

Stepping Stone Cafe: I personally love breakfast, a big hearty breakfast, so this place is my kind of place. Their breakfasts are huge and they have been serving them up like this since 1948. All of the things look so good that I wouldn’t know where to start. If you want pancakes, you can get their Mancakes and you are looking a stack of 3 13″ pancakes that are so big that they literally don’t fit on the plate, which is some Crazy Eats. The Mancakes come in buttermilk or whole wheat and you can even add blueberries if you want. If you finish the entire stack of 3 mancakes they will put your picture up on the wall of shame.

Other options are to get the biscuits and sausage gravy which again fill the entire plate and locals say that the gravy is the best in town or how about some delicious steak and eggs. Now I have never been a steak and eggs guy because I am very picky about steak, but this place may yet convert me. One of their most popular breakfasts is the Smothered B.A. Omlete that weighs in at 2 LB and is loaded with chicken fried steak, hash browns, onions, jalopenos, and cheddar cheese then covered with sausage gravy. Now that sounds like a breakfast that I could dig into.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.steppingstonecafe.com/

Address: 2390 NW Quimby Street, Portland, OR 97210

Phone: (503)222-1132

Map: http://tr.im/wD7T

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

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

The Sausage HAUS

August 18, 2009

Schmidt's Bahama Mama Sausage

Schmidt's Bahama Mama Sausage

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus: If you, like me, have any German ancestors you have to check out this place and see what German food is all about, sausage. This place opened originally as a sausage packing house in 1886 and then in 1966 they decided to open up the restaurant. So you will be hard pressed to find a place with more tradition and authenticity in serving good German food.

For the sausage lover, like me, you have to take a ride on the Autobahn, which is Schmidt’s sausage buffet and get your fill of sausage and fixings on their sausage buffet. Be sure to try their house special, the Bahama Mama which is made of secret blend of hot and exotic spices meant to take your taste buds to the Bahamas. Now this is a place that knows what a good sausage is made of.

On the Autobahn, officially called the German Autobahn Buffet,  you can eat all the sausage that you want and since nothings goes better with sausage then some red cabbage and sauerkraut, be sure to pile it on. They even have sausage stew, I am going to have to try some of that since I have never had it before. When I go I will have to remember to save some room for dessert since this place is also famous for their ½ LB cream puffs that you can get in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, and peanut butter fudge which sounds like some Crazy Eats that I want to try.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.schmidthaus.com/

Address: 240 East Kossuth Street, Columbus, OH 43216

Phone: (614)444-6808

Map: http://tr.im/wCXZ

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

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

primanti's Stuffed Sandwich

primanti's Stuffed Sandwich

Primanti Brothers: This place had the great idea of putting the sides that they would normally serve with the sandwich and instead putting them in the sandwich and hence the original stuffed sandwich. Now this is a great Crazy Eats idea for those on the go and makes me want to try it myself. I bet we have all made sandwiches where we put potato chips or something else our mom’s packed for lunch, inside of the sandwich instead of eating it on the side. They have over 20 mega sized sandwiches on the menu that range from the fish & cheese to Black Angus top sirloin steak & cheese.

If the sandwich is still not big enough for you you can get it with double the meat, an extra egg, and of course extra cheese. Think this is how I will get mine when I finally get to try out this Pittsburgh treasure. All of these sandwiches are served up hot, so the cheese is all melted and gooie, just the way we like it. The kicker for all this is that they don’t serve it up on regular sliced bread or even a roll, they put it all on hand slice Italian bread. The slices for these sandwiches are the type of slices you would make for yourself were you making yourself a sandwich, nice and thick.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.primantibrothers.com/

Address: 48 18 Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: (412)263-2142

Map: http://tr.im/wyYe

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

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

The Thurmanator

August 17, 2009

The Thurmanator

The Thurmanator

Thurman Cafe: I think it is great that getting “Thurmanized” is part of the local jargon in Columbus and what they mean is that by having your first Thurman burger, you have been “Thurmanized”. That is a good sign of things to come. Thurman café serves up 17 different types of burgers plus 5 that are sometimes on the menu as specials. Each of these burgers start off as a ¾ LB patty and when burger starts with that you know you are going to have something good coming your way.

This placed opened originally as a bar and has evolved into a great place to get burgers, so the décor is that of your typical bar & grill. They have lots of different appetizers to try, so if you are with a group and you don’t think that a ¾ LB burger is enough for you be sure to get some of their hand cut fries, maybe even put some cheddar cheese on there also.

The ultimate burger that they serve here is the Thurmanator. This burger was developed for the competitors that come for the Arnold Bodybuilding Classic and if you have ever watched “World’s Strongest Man” on ESPN you know these are big boys and any food made to satisfy them is some Crazy Eats. The Thurmanator is a standard Thurman combined with a bacon cheddar burger, so it is a 1 1/2LB burger topped with ham, bacon, cheddar, provolone, american cheeses, mushrooms, and onions.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.thethurmancafe.com/

Address: 183 Thurman Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206

Phone: (614) 443-1570

Map: http://tr.im/wxB5

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

72 oz Steak Challenge

August 13, 2009

72 oz Steak

72 oz Steak

The Big Texan: This is one of the original challenges and it is a classic that defeats  5 out of 6 that have the stomach to try it. I love steak but I couldn’t imagine eating a 4 ½ LB steak in an hour plus a shrimp cocktail, dinner salad, baked potato, and a roll. That is just insane. Reminds me of the Ole 96er from the move “The Great Outdoors” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095253/

This all started when there was contest held for cowboys to see who could eat the most 1LB steaks, they each put $5 into a hat to go to the winner. The winner ate 4 ½  plus the shrimp cocktail, salad, potato, and roll. The owner decided that if anyone could match it they would eat for free. And so was born the challenge.

They have had a little old 69yr old grandma finish it off and the record is held by competitive eater Joey Chestnut, who ate it in 8 minutes 52 seconds. He is inhuman! There have even been people who have eaten 2 in the hour. That is SO much food that it makes my head hurt, but hey, that is some Crazy Eats.

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

http://www.bigtexan.com/

Address: 7701 East I-40, Amarillo, TX 79118

Phone: (800)657-7177

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

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

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

Decadent Breakfast

August 12, 2009

Breakfast or Dessert?

Breakfast or Dessert?

Deluca’s Restaurant: I know that I have sweet tooth so a place like Deluca’s Restaurant is just my kind of place. They are home to some of the most extravagant and decadent breakfast dishes around. They have 8 different whipped cream covered breakfast dishes so that you can remember the days when pancakes and waffles could only come with whipped cream. The one that makes me hungry is their chocolate chip pancakes, topped with ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, nuts, and strawberries called the Chocolate Chip Hot-ade.

Their huge portions of traditional diner food have become famous and legendary in Pittsburgh. The delicious crepes are filled with creme, fruit and chocolate and there are huge, over-sized omelets made to order. So eat to your hearts content. For the really hungry you can get either the 2LB breakfast burrito or the 2 1/4LB mixed grill with veggies, potatoes, meat and eggs.

This place has some Crazy Eats because of the incredible breakfast/dessert dishes and also some big portions of good food. Just make sure you get there in plenty of time because there is always a line at breakfast time. So plan ahead and expect to wait because it always puts a damper on the day when you want to check out a great spot to eat and don’t plan for the long line. 

Justin “Crazy Eater” Lallatin

crazyeats@gmail.com

Address: 2015 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: (412)566-2195

Map: http://tr.im/wlhv

note: as seen on Man v Food on the Travel Channel http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_v_Food