If you’re feeling hungry, brave and a little bit naughty, Tampa Bay will not disappoint. Over 20 restaurants in the Tampa Bay area offer competitive eating challenges. From nachos to sandwiches to the hottest wings around, food warriors can find a challenge to suit their tastes. The restaurants below are some of the best options for putting your appetite to the test in Tampa Bay.
Eddie’s Bar and Grill
1283 N Bayshore Blvd
Dunedin, FL 34698
Pricing: $24.99 for Monsta Burger and Super Duper Nachos; $16.99 for Fire-in-the-Hole Wings
For under $30 and under 30 minutes, you can choose between three different stuff-your-face challenges. The Monsta Burger weighs in at three pounds, topped with all the usual fixings, and is accompanied by a pound of fries. If spicy is more your style, try a plate of Super Duper Nachos or Fire-in-the-Hole Wings. The massive tray of nachos is topped with mounds of jalapeños, and those brave enough to complete the challenge win $100 in gift cards. The Fire-in-the-Hole Wings, the only one of the challenges that must be completed in under 15 minutes, have to be eaten without any drinks or wipes, and also earn the winner $100 in gift certificates. Anyone lucky enough to complete one of these challenges gets his or her picture on the Wall of Fame and a t-shirt inscribed with either “I Battled the Burger,” “I Battled the Wings” or “I Battled the Nachos.”
4422 Land O’ Lakes Blvd
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639
Rapscallions’ Davy Jones Wings Challenge was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food Nation” in 2011. The wings are coated in Rapscallions’ original Black Beard’s Revenge Hot Sauce, which is so intense that workers wear protective masks and gloves while preparing it in the kitchen. Those 18 or older must sign a waiver before taking the challenge to eat the 10 wings in 30 minutes or less. No drinks or any other food is allowed. Once all 10 wings are consumed, the challenger must sit for an additional five minutes to endure the “after-burn” before being named a champion. Those daring enough to beat the heat get their pictures on the Wall of Fame.
4029 S Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33611
The Green Iguana operates six different locations in the Tampa Bay area, and all six offer the Monster Iguana Challenge. Three of the signature burgers, which add up to about five pounds of beef, are put together to create the Monster Iguana. One patty is topped with bacon, spinach-artichoke dip and blue cheese. The next is smothered with mushrooms, bacon, Swiss cheese and grilled onions, and the last is covered in cheddar, provolone, American cheese and more bacon. If you can eat all of that, along with a pound of fries, in under an hour, you get your meal for free and your picture on the Wall of Fame.
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Five Bucks Drinkery
247 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Remember back in middle school, when kids sat around the cafeteria tables and piled as much junk food as they could onto one tray, and then dared each other to eat it? The Kitchen Sink Challenge is something like that. Heaps of junk food are dumped into a real kitchen sink, and contenders have 30 minutes or less to wolf it down. Bacon-wrapped chili cheese dogs are piled onto a heap of tater tots and fries, then smothered in queso sauce and topped with jalapeño slices, fried onions and sour cream. An empty sink earns a picture on the Wall of Fame and a t-shirt that says “I Beat the Kitchen Sink.”
For a slight repose from the city:
Felony’s Bar and Grill
7285 Forest Oaks Blvd
Spring Hill, FL 34606
For $45 and 45 minutes, you can take the Jail Break Challenge at Felony’s. This massive sandwich consists of five pounds of New York strip steak grilled with provolone, mushrooms, onions, peppers and topped with horseradish sauce on an over-sized bun. As if that’s not enough, a large order of fries and a large soda complete the meal. Anyone who manages to eat the entire meal gets to walk out without paying for the food, plus a free Felony’s t-shirt.
Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.