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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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.