Taco Del Mar is serving a 5lb burrito on Saturday.
On May 5, anyone that can successfully take down the Taco Del Mar’s Cinco de Mondo Five-pounder Burrito within 30 minutes or less gets a $20 Taco Del Mar gift certificate, a variety of Taco Del Mar SWAG and some serious bragging rights! The Five-pounder Burrito, equivalent to four-and-a-half of its Mondo Burritos, is four flour tortillas packed with rice, refried beans, chicken or ground beef, cheese, pico de gallo and a choice of sauces and jalapenos. It’s priced at $17.95.
The gal working the counter at my local Taco Del Mar told me that last year, over a hundred of these were ordered and at least 20 people tried the 30-minute challenge. No one beat it.
There is an obligatory stop in Amarillo. Big Texan They should start giving a bonus if you eat the steak and reenact a particular scene from Mad Men. I also think Slim is so slim because the majority of that steak has taken permanent residence in his GI tract.
The Sahara Hotel’s NASCAR cafe used to have something similar; a 6-lb burrito that you had to finish in 90 minutes. If you beat it, you got a free lifetime pass to the Speed rollercoaster, which is hilarious, since the Sahara, and thus the rollercoaster, is now closed. According to this article in June of '09, 4 people out of 279 had bested it. Looking at the picture below of this monstrosity, I can’t even fathom eating this thing in less than a week. But I had a coworker a few years ago who tried (and lost), but it didn’t stop him from boasting about attempting it. A few other co-workers were in enough awe of the unaccomplished feat that they even had a “good effort” trophy made for him.
Everyone should check out a couple of episodes of Man v. Food. While the food challenges may make you want to skip a meal, Adam Richman is a charismatic host and the show takes time to highlight other local dining establishments and points of interest in the cities where the eating challenges are located. It’s thanks to Man v. Food that I discovered Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in Columbus (and their incredible sausage buffet) and Aguila Sandwich Shop in Tampa (amazing Cuban sandwiches).
Eating challenges are kind of insane though. Just the thought of 5 pounds of food sitting in my stomach makes me a little ill.
Strangely enough? The man makes a living by shoving as much food in his gullet as quickly as he can (Or at least used to. I haven’t seen a new food challenge in a long time). I don’t know what else could have happened.