Chow down and fill up with these over-the-top culinary challenges in Orlando, including a coveted annual ramen challenge at DOMU at East End Market (pictured).
Pack your comfy pants and settle in for a supersized culinary adventure in Orlando, where you can try your luck with gargantuan noodle bowls, monster burgers and more epic foodie challenges. While most include a prize, others are included purely for fun and bragging rights. Test your taste buds, gird your loins and dive on into some of the most intense gastronomic challenges in Orlando.
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Set a New Record: Official Food Challenges in Orlando
24 Bowl Challenge at Twenty Pho Hour
Think you can slurp down three enormous portions of pho in an hour or less? Then head to Twenty Pho Hour, an eye-popping 2D noodle bar and MICHELIN Recommended eatery on International Drive. Their 24 Bowl Challenge comes with a chef’s selection of proteins, beef broth, rice noodles, three fried eggs and a mountain of flavorful veggies. No free meals here, but you will get some free swag and a permanent spot on their Wall of Fame if you can finish in time.
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Dragon’s Breath Challenge at DOMU
Serious foodies only need apply for the Dragon’s Breath Challenge, a spicy ramen feast offered once per year at MICHELIN Bib Gourmand restaurant DOMU in the Audubon Park Garden District. This eye-watering special features Dragon’s Breath chilis tested at 2.48 million Scoville units — hotter even than the Carolina Reaper pepper. If you can finish the bowl in 30 minutes and survive a five-minute post-meal “burn period” without liquids, you’ll score a free dinner, a special T-shirt and a place of honor on the restaurant’s victory wall. The challenge is typically hosted in late October or early November at multiple DOMU locations in honor of the original location’s anniversary.
Double D Challenge at Beth’s Burger Bar
The winner of multiple Best Burger Awards in Orlando, Beth’s Burger Bar boasts a full menu of burgers priced under $10. Their famous Double D Challenge is easy on the wallet as well, featuring four beef patties, eight slices of bacon and five slices of cheese for $16.99, all piled high with grilled onions and mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, jalapenos, and more flavorful fixings. The catch? You have to finish in under 10 minutes to win a free champion’s T-shirt.
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The Ex-Wife Challenge at The Whole Enchilada
It seemed like a good idea at the time — that’s the inspiration behind this 6-pound burrito challenge at The Whole Enchilada, a playful Mexican restaurant in downtown Winter Garden. It comes loaded with Mexican rice, black or pinto beans, jack and cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream, red mole sauce, fresh cilantro, and your choice of protein, all served with a generous side of tortilla chips. Finish it in 45 minutes or less to score a T-shirt, bragging rights and a free meal.
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The Haymaker Challenge at The Hangry Bison
Also in Winter Garden, American eatery The Hangry Bison has a culinary challenge that’s not for the faint of heart. The Haymaker is a super-loaded, triple-patty burger tucked between two grilled cheese sandwiches and served with a sea of fries. Finish it within 30 minutes to win a free T-shirt. You can also take this tasty challenge at The Hangry Bison in Winter Park, 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando.
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Teak Challenge at Teak Neighborhood Grill
One of Orlando’s best-known food challenges, the classic Teak Challenge at Teak Neighborhood Grill features not one, but two enormous burgers. Between both towering stacks, you’ll need to devour two full pounds of beef, 27 combined slices of Swiss, American and Provolone cheese, 24 slices of bacon, two mozzarella rounds, four beer battered onion rings, lettuce, chili, queso, pickled jalapenos, brioche buns, and a side of your choosing. If you can do it in 45 minutes or less, the meal is free and you get a spot on their wall of fame.
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You won’t win a prize for completing these mega-meals, but if you’re looking to dine big in Orlando, here are a few more spots with wow-worthy eats.
3-Foot Taco Board at KAVAS Tacos + Tequila
Twelve tacos. One board. It’s always a good time at KAVAS Tacos + Tequila at Pointe Orlando, where the 3-Foot Taco Board is just one of many showstopping culinary offerings. Choose between a dozen quesabirria tacos or a combination of grilled chicken, carne asada and “school” tacos for a dish that can satisfy a whole table — if you feel like sharing, that is.
Lazy Moon Pizza
This ultra-popular pizzeria offers pizza by the slice or in 20- or 30-inch pies. They’re big enough to feed a crowd, but we certainly won’t judge if you decide to keep all that cheesy goodness for yourself. Find them in Mills 50®, near the University of Central Florida, and in a third location coming soon to Maitland, north of downtown Orlando.
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World Famous Sugar Factory King Kong Sundae
Intended to feed 12 people, the King Kong Sundae at Sugar Factory in ICON Park® features 20 scoops of ice cream, three types of sauce, a glazed donut, a vanilla cupcake, chocolate chip cookie chunks, and copious amounts of candy and whipped cream. Be warned: nearly everything at this colorful eatery is supersized. If you’re too full to finish this mega-sundae, you can also get a smaller version made for two.
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