Sometimes, eating can be more than a pastime. It can be a shot at glory; a chance to live forever in the history books. So if you’re hungry for infamy (and an absurd amount of food, look no further than Los Angeles. Locale Magazine compiled the top 5 eating challenges in L.A., and they’re all ridiculous. But you have a spread of your choosing to eat like a beast in the city of angels—sandwich, ramen, burrito, ice cream, pizza. No stomach is safe.
Fat Sal’s Deli - Challenge: In 40 minutes, finish The Big Fat Fatty, a 27-inch garlic roll with 5 burger patties, a 1.5 pound cheesesteak, 1.5 pounds of pastrami, chicken fingers, a package of bacon, mozzarella sticks, 5 fried eggs, jalapeño poppers, french fries, and onion rings, with chili, marinara, and fat sauce on top. Prize: No charge on The Big Fat Fatty (worth $50), and you can create and name your own personalized sandwich for the place’s menu.
Orochon Ramen - Challenge: In 30 minutes, finish the hot-as-hell, spicy-as-a-demon’s-swear-word Orochon Special #2. You’re allowed milk and water, but no bathroom breaks. Prize: Your face on the wall.
Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café - Challenge: In 1 hour, finish the Manuel’s Special, a 5-pound, foot-long burrito filled with beans, rice, chili verde pork, cheese, and then more chili verde. Prize: A free Manuel’s Special next time you eat there and a shirt reading, “I Ate The Whole Thing!”
Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain - Challenge: In 30 minutes, finish The Kitchen Sink, an 8-giant-scoop ice cream sundae, complete with cookies, bananas, brownies, and hot fudge and/or caramel. You also have to finish two glasses of water. Prize: The unholy sundae is free (worth $40), and you get a t-shirt and your picture on the wall.
Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria - Challenge: In 2 hours, 8 people finish a 54” x 54” pizza with any toppings. Prize: The pizza is free (worth $218), and the group scores $1,000 and a photo.
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