In a city known for overindulgence and excess, it’ll come as no surprise that there are a good number of food challenges in Las Vegas. Eating challenges typically come in the form of a massive meal that, if completed, award the victor with a free meal, prizes, or their name on the wall commemorating their achievement.
As we were looking for outrageous food challenges on the Strip for a friend of ours to attempt, we noticed that most information out there is outdated, often linking to long-gone challenges or restaurants.
With that in mind, we wanted to put together an updated rundown of food challenges in Vegas so that you could experience the joy of gorging yourself, or watching a friend of yours suffer.
Food Challenges on the Strip
“The Double Down” at Slice of Vegas: The challenge is to consume an entire 9-pound pizza that boasts an impressive assortment of toppings to include cappicola, salami, pepperoni, bacon, ham, onions, mushrooms, and jalapenos. While the first few bites are sure to be tasty, this will be a grind. The prize for victory is significant, however, with victors earning the pizza on the house (usually costing $69.95), their picture on the “wall of fame”, a $100 gift card for your next visit, and a shirt. Rules for the double down require that the pizza be consumed within an hour, and contestants are unable to leave the table during that time. You can drink anything you want, but if you barf, you lose. See more details here!
“Big T-Boner” at Dick’s Last Resort: Despite having a fun and suggestive name, this Las Vegas food challenge is sure to leave you in pain. Guests will have one hour to complete a 48 oz. steak, Dick’s Macho Nacho Appetizer, salad, and a double portion of loaded mashed potatoes. If able to wrap it up in that time frame, you eat free and avoid the typical $79.99 price tag. Get all the details on this food challenge here.
“Champion Burrito Challenge” at La Salsa Cantina: Located in the Fashion Show Mall on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, La Salsa Cantina offers a more achievable eating challenge. Guests are invited to tackle both their El Champion Burrito and a tall yard drink. If able, they will earn themselves a free La Salsa Cantina T-Shirt, although the meal isn’t free. The burrito costs just shy of $20, so it could be a great way to score a free shirt while not spending more than you typically would for a dinner in Vegas. You’ll increase your B.A.C. which is a win.
Other Notable Las Vegas Food Challenges Away From The Strip
PHOzilla at Pho 87: Found a 10-15 minute drive from resorts on the Strip, Pho 87 offers an eating challenge with a cash prize of $1,987. Here are the details. You have 1,987 seconds (just over 33 minutes) to complete an enormous bowl (or bucket?) of Pho. Hilariously, the restaurant has deemed customers over the age of 30 as being ineligible as they are “too old for PHOzilla”. Check out their website here for more information. More importantly, we suggest visiting their website to see the hilarious “Hall of Shame” and the “Hall of Sore Loser” which detail both failed attempts or folks that didn’t want to pay after their failure. Note that pre-payment is now required.
“Bar Gamble” at Born and Raised: Although their Strip location recently closed, BAR still offers this food challenge about 15 minutes from center Strip resorts. The challenge involves polishing off 16 sliders and a “mountain” of fries in under 30-minutes. Finishing it will earn you a free meal and a shirt. Fail and pony up $75 for the food you couldn’t consume. See more info on the eating challenge here.
“Inferno Curry Challenge” at Mint Bistro: Digressing from eating challenges that focus on volume of food, the Inferno Curry Challenge will pit you up against an absurdly spicy curry that incorporates the dreaded Ghost Pepper, the Carolina Reaper, and the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chili. I don’t know what any of those are, but can confirm that I’m intimidated. Note that the challenge is only offered in the month of October from 4 pm – 11:30 pm daily. If you complete the dish, your name goes up on Mint’s ‘Wall of Flame”, a $50 gift card, and an entry into a drawing to win 12 more free entrees.
Hopefully, we were able to help you select one of the numerous food challenges in Las Vegas, which will enable you to show off your eating skills. We wish you the best of luck and a quick recovery!
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