If you have what it takes to finish one of these challenges, your meal will be free.
Some places not only give you a free meal (if you eat it all), but you can win swag, a photo on their wall of fame, or a cash payout.
So… who’s hungry!?
Challenge: Known as the largest pork sandwich in Alabama, the “Big Pig Challenge” is a two-and-a-half-pound pulled pork sandwich with one pound of coleslaw and one pound of sauce (whoa) that you have to eat in 45 minutes.
Where: Saucy Q Bar B Q (Mobile, AL)
Challenge: Are you a seafood lover? Within 90 minutes you need to eat seven crab cakes, a foot of reindeer sausage, three pounds of Alaskan king crab, side dishes, and a wild berry crisp with ice cream (as if you needed dessert).
Where: Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse (Anchorage, AK)
Challenge: The “Big Boss Challenge” is a couple four-and-a-half-pound patties, separated by grilled cheese sandwiches, bacon and fried eggs. Oh, and a pound of fries.
Where: Boss Hoggz on the Spit (Homer, AK)
Challenge: “Papi’s Burrito Challenge.” This is a seven-and-a-half-pound burrito you have to finish within 30 minutes.
Where: Papi Chulo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina (Scottsdale, AZ)
Challenge: You have a few choices here. There are six food challenges: the Old 96’er (two-pound burger), 20 corn dogs, family sized bag of tater tots, the Colon Blaster (two dozen hot wings and sides), 144 pizza rolls, or the Big Ern (13-egg omelet with sides).
Where: Giligin’s Bar (Scottsdale, AZ)
Challenge: Order the Sarge Burger, and if you can eat four pounds of beef, a one-pound bun along with fries in 30 minutes or less, it is f-r-e-e.
Where: Pig N’ Chik BBQ (Sherwood, AR)
Challenge: You and seven of your food-loving friends need to finish this 200-slice pizza in two hours.
Where: Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria (Burbank, Southern California locations)
Challenge: The Godzilla Roll is six pounds of spicy tuna, lobster, imitation crab and fifteen other ingredients all wrapped into a sushi roll. You have to finish it in under one hour. Challenge accepted.
Where: Sushi Delight (Lomita, CA)
Challenge: If you ever find yourself in the Rockies, head to Jack-n-Grill for their seven-pound burrito.
Where: Jack-n-Grill (Denver, CO)
Challenge: If you can eat a one-and-a-half-pound roll topped with two pounds of pulled pork, two pounds of beef brisket, one pound of coleslaw, and two pounds of mac and cheese on the side, you not only get the meal free but you get $500!
Where: Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ (Hartford, CT)
Challenge: Calling burger lovers to accept the challenge of eating four half-pound burgers and fries.
Where: Two Fat Guys American Grill (Various Locations)
Challenge: The Mongo Burrito challenge is an eight-pound burrito. You get one hour to finish it.
Where: Burritos Mexican Grill (Saratosa, FL)
Challenge: Love pho? Try finishing two pounds of noodles, two pounds of meat, and two pounds of broth in under one hour.
Where: So Ba Vietnamese Restaurant (Atlanta, GA)
Challenge: If you want your meal for free, you have to eat three 14-inch pancakes with toppings of your choice in 90 minutes. Think you have what it takes?
Where: Mac 24/7 (Waikiki, HI)
Challenge: Your choice of a one-pound challenge or two-pound challenge. This includes fries and a drink that must be completed in 30 minutes.
Where: Big Jud’s (Boise, ID)
Challenge: There are three challenges to choose from. The Demon’d Delight Challenge, La Bomba Roll Challenge, Death Roll Challenge. Beware: They’re all spicy!
Where: Superb Sushi (Boise, ID)
Challenge: You have an hour to finish three sandwiches. Seems simple enough, right?
Where: Lucky’s (Chicago, IL)
Challenge: This drive-in offers the Monster Challenge. The meal includes a deluxe triple tenderloin with breaded chicken, lettuce, tomato and cheese, as well as family-sized dries and a 32 oz drink. Eat this meal in 30 minutes and not only get the meal free, but you also win a t-shirt and your picture in the hall of fame!
Where: Mug N’ Bun (Indianapolis, IN)
Challenge: Are you ready? This is a cheeseburger with pork tenderloin, buffalo chicken tenders, brisket, bacon, white cheddar sauce, fried cheese curds, spicy pickles–oh, and an entire pound of waffle fries. As if that wasn’t already hard enough to finish in about a week, you have 15 minutes to finish.
Where: Jethro’s BBQ (Ankeny, Altoona, Drake, Johnstown, Waukee)
Challenge: The Destroyer sure lives up to the name. You have to finish a half pound of pulled pork, ham, turkey, brisket and BBQ sausage along with three burger patties, and one-and-a-half pounds of fries in 45 minutes.
Where: Papa Bob’s Bar-B-Que (Bonner Springs, KS)
Challenge: You only have an hour to eat the “Fat Teddy Five-Pound Burger.”
Where: Chubby Ray’s (Louisville, KY)
Challenge: “Aircraft Carrier.” The name suits this meal very well. Enjoy (or don’t) five pounds of hash browns, veggies, bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, and gravy.
Where: Sunrise Bistro (Slidell, LA)
Challenge: If you love a good calzone, sign up for the “King Leonidas Calzone Challenge.” This is more than five pounds of dough filled with pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, tomatoes, onions, sauce and cheese.
Where: Jimmy the Greek’s (Old Orchard Beach, ME)
Challenge: This challenge is for the person with a sweet tooth. First you have to drink a six-pound milkshake before you tackle a one-and-a-half-pound sandwich or burger.
Where: Chick and Ruth’s Delly (Annapolis, MD)
Challenge: Say hello to the “Godfather Calzone Challenge.” It’s filled with extra meat and provolone cheese, and you have to finish it in an hour.
Where: Aj’s Kitchen (Wilmington, MA)
Challenge: Let’s get real. Everyone loves nachos. So how about taking a stab at Mt. Nacheesmo, which is a five-pound nacho dish.
Where: Tio’s Mexican Café (Ann Arbor, MI)
Challenge: Take the “Dog Central Challenge,” which consists of three-foot-long hot dogs with chili, two toppings, fries, onion rings and a soda.
Where: Dog Central (Mt Pleasant, MI)
Challenge: The “Beast Challenge” is a two-and-a-half-pound patty on a ten-inch bun with eight slices of bacon, cheese, and one-and-a-half pound of fries. More than six pounds total.
Where: Joe Senser’s Restaurant Sports Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
Challenge: The “Whammy Burger Challenge” consist of three one-pound patties, one pound of fries and a root beer float. If you can finish this in 30 minutes, your meal is on the house.
Where: Burgers and Blues (Ridgeland, MS)
Challenge: The Mama’s Challenge is a large bowl of spaghetti topped with a meatball larger than a softball.
Where: Mama Campisi’s (St. Louis, MO)
Challenge: If you have a sweet tooth, try this “Five Malt Challenge.” You just have to drink five 24-ounce malts or shakes in 30 minutes.
Where: Crown Candy Kitchen (St. Louis, MO)
Challenge: Your meal is free if you can finish an 80-ounce traditional stromboli in an hour.
Where: Trimbo’s Pizza (Butte, MT)
Challenge: The “Stellinator” consists of six beef patties, six fried eggs, six pieces of cheese, 12 strips of bacon (wait there is still more), lettuce, tomato, fried onions, pickles, jalapeños, peanut butter, and a nice thick bun. You have 45 minutes to finish it!
Where: Stella’s Bar and Grill (Bellevue, NE)
Challenge: You must finish a seven-and-a-half-pound Italian beef and sausage combo sandwich that has cheese and hot/sweet peppers. If that wasn’t enough, you have to finish a bag of fries as well. Oh, and this must be done in 30 minutes.
Where: Windy City Beefs N Dogs (Las Vegas, NV)
Challenge: The “8lb Burger Challenge” features a four-pound burger patty, a pound of cheese, a pound of veggies, and two pounds of bun. Finish within 45 minutes!
Where: The Pub at Monte Carlo (Las Vegas, NV)
Challenge: A challenge I would love (to try) to accomplish. The Grand Poutine Challenge is five pounds of pure poutine heaven.
Where: Chez Vachon (Manchester, NH)
Challenge: This may be the most outrageous challenge on this entire list. It’s a 50-pound Mt. Olympus Burger. If you and four friends can tackle this beast in three hours, the meal is free.
Where: Clinton Station Diner (Clinton, NJ)
Challenge: The “Sadie’s Sopaipilla Challenge” is seven pounds of sopaipilla smothered in red or green chile, topped with salsa, lettuce, tomato and tostados. Plus you have to finish a small dessert sopaipilla to get your meal free.
Where: Sadie’s of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Challenge: Simply known as “The Challenge” of all challenges. This meal includes a full slab of ribs, pulled pork on Texas Toast, brisket on Texas Toast, rib tips, two pieces of cornbread and two sides. You have an hour or less to eat this.
Where: Swingbellys BBQ (Long Beach, NY)
Challenge: Do you love breakfast foods? This may be for you. Cue the “Colossal Pancake Challenge.” You have 20 minutes to finish two 12-inch pancakes topped with a pound of fruit and scoops of butter and whipped cream.
Where: The Ugly Rooster (Mechanicville, NY)
Challenge: A seven-and-a-half-pound burrito that is loaded with meat and veggies and topped with guacamole, lettuce, and sour cream. You can do it!
Where: El Papi Grande Burrito Challenge (Wilmington, NC)
Challenge: This may be a (somewhat) attainable meal to finish. All you need to do is eat a three-pound beef burger in 30 minutes!
Where: Marlin’s Family Restaurant
Challenge: What is better than an ice cream sundae? Answer: A ten scoop ice cream sundae with hot fudge, caramel sauce, marshmallow cream and whipped cream on top.
Where: Sweet Moses Soda Fountain (Cleveland, OH)
Challenge: Looks delicious, but don’t let the pizza fool you. It is spicy! The incinerator pizza is 14 inches in diameter and weighs four pounds. It has a wasabi red sauce, hot links, pepperoni, salami, ham, black pepper, jalapeños, habeneros and a sriracha ghost pepper swirl.
Where: Joe Mommas (Tulsa, OK)
Challenge: If you have a sweet tooth and love doughnuts, you have got to check out the Tex-ass Doughnut Challenge. They serve you a doughnut six times the size of a regular doughnut and you have 80 seconds to eat it! Good luck.
Where: Voodoo Doughnuts (Portland, OR)
Challenge: A massive five-pound cheesesteak. Finish in under an hour.
Where: Anthracite Café (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Challenge: The King Kong Omelet is a 15-egg omelet full of chorizo, cheese, meat, and veggies. You’ve got an hour to complete the mission.
Where: The Hungry Monkey (Newport, RI)
Challenge: This challenge isn’t about quantity, it’s about the heat. You must consume sushi rolls that progressively get hotter and hotter. Roll number nine has an entire habanero pepper in it! Yikes.
Where: Bushido Japanese Restaurant (Charleston, SC)
Challenge: If you are up for a three-pound burger and a pound of fries, step up to the challenge. Finish this meal in an hour or less.
Where: Marlin’s Family Restaurant (Sioux Falls, SD)
Challenge: You have two hours to eat a whopping five pound breakfast. This includes a half pound of hash browns smothered in chili and cheese, six jalapeño scrambled eggs, four biscuits with gravy, four pancakes, four strips of bacon, four sausage patties, and four pieces of ham. Are you up to “The Boss Challenge?”
Where: The Pied Piper Eatery (Nashville, TN)
Challenge: Sixteen scoops of ice cream and three pounds of sauces and candy. Finish it in 60 minutes or less. Can you say brain freeze?
Where: It’s All So Yummy Café (Knoxville, TN)
Challenge: If you can put down a 72-ounce steak plus a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad and a roll within an hour, this meal is on the house.
Where: Big Texan Steak Ranch (Amarillo, TX)
Challenge: This “Andy’s Challenge” is a two-pound chicken-fried steak, 10 ounces of mashed potatoes, and four ounces of green beans.
Where: Andy’s Kitchen (Lake Jackson, TX)
Challenge: You have an hour to finish what they call the “Big Benny” where you not only get your food free, but you also win $200!
Where: Lucky 13 Bar and Grill (Salt Lake City, UT)
Challenge: This meal includes a 24-inch cast iron skillet filled with two bacon-stuffed waffles baked into a Dutch pancake, four eggs, double sausage and Canadian bacon, corned beef sweet potato hash, and your choice of home fries.
Where: Our House Bistro (Winooski, VT)
Challenge: Cue the “5 Pound Meal Challenge.” This meal contains one pound of fries, one-and-a-half pounds of mac n’ cheese, two cheeseburgers, two hot dogs, two chicken tenders, 12 ounces of pulled pork and two slices of bread drenched generously in BBQ sauce. Are you up for the challenge?
Where: The Dirty Buffalo (Norfolk, VA)
Challenge: You must finish the 50/50 Burger, Jalapeño Reno, Magic Mushroom Burger, and Sam’s Cheese Burger in under an hour to get this meal free. But there is an added bonus to this one. You get to wash it all down with the Sam’s Bakon Vodka Bloody Mary masterpiece (I’ve had one and it’s the best).
Where: Sam’s Tavern (Seattle, WA)
Challenge: This one is simple. Eat five wings. Easy enough, right? Wrong. This Atomic Challenge is spicy enough that you have to sign a waiver before you eat the wings.
Where: Quaker Steak and Lube (Charleston, WV and Triadelphia, WV)
Challenge: Pot Pie challenge has over six pounds of food. It’s not your standard pot pie.
Where: Dublin Square Irish Pub and Eatery (La Crosse, WI)
Challenge: This is the five-pound Bronc that includes four patties, 12 pieces of cheese, eight strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato and a bun.
Where: The Pony Grill and Bar (Sheridan, WY)