7 Eating Challenges in Northern California We Bet You Can’t Complete

There have been a few television shows dedicated entirely to revealing unique eating challenges around the world. They are fun to watch from afar but very difficult to complete in person. From the popular trend of “large portion” challenges to the ones that will either freeze or burn your palette, there are all sorts of ways to challenge your stomach in NorCal.

If you like to get competitive while you eat, here are the 7 hardest eating challenges in Northern California:

Philly Cheese Steak Shoppe (Arcata)

Photo courtesy of Philly Cheese Steak Shoppe

For this challenge, guests must eat 8 Classic Cheese Steaks with fries in 2 hours. Winners of this challenge get a free hat, a picture on the Wall of Fame, and a $100 gift card. Losers must pay the $50 cost of the sandwiches and walk out feeling like a very full loser.

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Jeff C.

San Francisco Creamery (San Francisco)

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Claudia C.

For this “Kitchen Sink Challenge” guests must finish 8 scoops of ice cream, 3 bananas, almonds, cherries, and whipped cream in only 30 minutes. Winners of this challenge get the meal free, a t-shirt, picture on Wall of Fame, and FREE ICE CREAM FOR A YEAR!!! This challenge was featured on the show Man Vs. Foods:

Man v. Food: Kitchen Sink Challenge

Here is a picture of said “Kitchen Sink Challenge”

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Ronald C.

Westside Pizza (Arcata, Redding, Fortuna)

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Bob B.

For this Pizza challenge, guests must finish an 18″ Extra Large Death By Pizza in only one hour. This pizza includes toppings like pepperoni, beef, bacon , sausage, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, olives, pineapple, onions, and green peppers). Winners of this challenge receive their pizza free as well as $50 cash (or $100 if you break the current record).

Roy’s Chicago Dogs (Petaluma)

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Kathryn O.

This next eating challenge is a battle of time. To win, guests must have the FASTEST time eating a 22″ hot dog with 3 toppings, fries, and a milkshake. You can only win this challenge by beating the current record. That’s it. Winners receive their picture on the Wall of Fame as well as free lunch and a t-shirt. Losers pay $25 for the meal.

Seiad Cafe (Seiad Valley)

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Ken D.

This next challenge is simple: Five large pancakes in 2 hours. Winners get the meal free as well as their picture on the Wall of Fame. This may sound easy, but this is DEFINITELY one of the hardest challenges on this list. Here is a video of some PCT hikers about to embark on the Pancake Challenge adventure.

Pacific Crest Trail — Pancake Challenge

Lumpy’s Diner (Antioch)

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Erica C.

This next challenge comes in omelet form. To win, guests must eat a large omelette with such fillings as bacon, sausage, ham, hot links, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Winners win a free shirt and losers pay the $35 cost of the large omelet. Here is a pic of a brave soul to (unsuccessfully) took on the challenge.

Mad Dash Pizza & Wings (Chico)

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Portawok X.

This final challenge is all about pain endurance. To win this challenge, guests must eat 12 chicken wings tossed in very spicy ghost chili sauce. Not only can they NOT drink anything during the challenge, but they must also abstain from drinking anything for 6 minutes after all of their fingers have been licked clean. The 6 minute waiting period after the wings are consumed are known as the “afterburn period.”

Here’s a video of a few brave souls trying to complete this challenge…

Mad Dash Pizza

So to anyone looking to take an eating challenge road-trip around Northern California, these are the 7 toughest challenges the North-state has to offer. And if you are a brave enough soul to take on all 7 of these challenges, God speed…

Brien O'Brien

As the Food Editor and Co-Founder of Eating NorCal, Brien O'Brien is one of the most influential foodies in NorCal. After being named the "14th Best Home Cook in America" in 2017 by the FOX television show MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay, he moved to the Napa Valley where he spent a year and a half studying food and wine at the Culinary Institute of America. Now, he resides in the Farm to Fork Capital of America - Sacramento.


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