The United States is home to some of the most impressive food challenges in the world. From the 7lb breakfast burrito challenge at Jack-N-Grill in Denver, Colorado, to the Two Ton-Za Pizza Challenge at 2 Ton Tony’s in Syracuse, New York, America is filled with disgustingly amazing food challenges. If you’ve got an insatiable appetite for a supersized meal, keep reading and check out some of the best food challenges in the Bay Area.
The Burritozilla Challenge At Iguana’s
Known as a ‘five-pound, 18-inch, diabolical hunger killer,’ Iguana’s Burritozilla is sure to satisfy even the hungriest of eaters. Filled with delicious al pastor, pork marinated with chilies, spices, and pineapples, and surrounded by three 14-inch tortillas, this burrito serves as a delicious rite of passage for locals. In addition to Iguana’s great food, this fun loving store also offers a series of great events and cool promotions throughout the year, which can be found on its Facebook and Instagram, @iguanasburritozilla.
Iguana’s 330 South 3rd Street, San Jose, CA, USA +1 408 271 9772
The Ultimate Adam Bomb Challenge At Adam’s Grub Truck
This terrifying challenge at Adam’s Grub Truck, named the ULTIMATE ADAM BOMB CHALLENGE (all caps to emphasize its epicness), contains a monstrous amount of food. Weighing in at almost 7 pounds, this dish contains two grilled cheese sandwiches with spam, egg, and bacon, panko-crusted fried chicken, drunken pulled pork, lots of cheese, lots of eggs, five spice garlic grilled chicken, more spam, Shiitake mushrooms, jalapenos, more bacon, another grilled cheese sandwich, Adam’s grubbin’ Asian slaw, waffle cut fries, and dinosaur chicken nuggets. Finishing this challenge in 30 minutes or less will score you a free sandwich, an Adam’s Grub Truck shirt, and your photo on the truck.
Adam’s Grub Truck, 1084 Montgomery Avenue, San Carlos, CA, USA +1 415 307 8844
The Kitchen Sink Challenge At San Francisco Creamery Company
The San Francisco Creamery Company’s history dates back to the 1930s and 1940s, and it continues to serve some of its classic recipes today. Its famous Kitchen Sink Challenge has a long list of rules that challengers must abide by in order to win the ultimate prize, free ice cream for a year. In order to win, challengers must consume three bananas, a choice of eight flavors of ice cream, eight servings of toppings, a generous amount of whipped cream, toasted almonds, and of course, a cherry on top. The catch is that you must beat the current record time, which changes daily and is posted on the Wall of Fame in the restaurant.
San Francisco Creamery, 1370 Locust Street, Walnut Creek, CA, USA +1 925 926 0228
The Big Donut Challenge At Bob’s Donuts
Eat a single donut in three minutes or less. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. This massive donut from Bob’s Donuts comes in four different flavors. Classic glazed, maple, chocolate, and cake crumb. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you also have the option to add sprinkles to any four of the donut flavor options. According to past contestants, this seemingly low-key food challenge starts becoming impossible after the halfway point. Check out Bob’s Instagram, @bobsdonuts, for pictures and videos of past contestants, as well as pictures other mouthwatering menu items.
Bob’s Donuts, 1621 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 776 3141
The Kryptonite Challenge At Ike’s Place
Test your stomach against a sandwich that even Superman would find difficult to finish. This humongous sandwich at Ike’s Place is stuffed to the brim with Avocado, Bacon, Beer Battered Onion Rings, extra Pepper Jack, Ham, Mozzarella Sticks, Pastrami, Pesto, Roast Beef, Salami, Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers, and Turkey. Bragging rights are the only prize this challenge offers, but with a sandwich that’s as delicious as it is massive, it is totally worth it. If you’re looking for a more reasonably sized sandwich, Ike’s Place has a lengthy menu filled with options.
Ike’s Place, 3489 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 553 6888
The 49er Challenge at Vic Stewart’s
In honor of the San Francisco 49ers football team, Vic Stewart’s Steakhouse created the 49er Club Steak, a massive, 49oz steak dinner. In return for finishing this steak fit for a linebacker, you will receive your name on Vic’s 49er Club Hall of Fame as well as a 49er Club certificate. But cheap eaters beware, this challenge will put you back $90, and the restaurant does not offer a refund for those who fail to complete the challenge.
Vic Stewart’s Steakhouse, 850 South Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA, USA +1 925 943 5666
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.