When it comes to food, it seems as though Vancouver loves a challenge. Indeed, a number of restaurants across the city challenge their diners to eat a variety of mega-meals that are, shall we say, worth busting a gut for.
Testing the limits, here are eight epic food challenges in Vancouver.
The Beast Challenge at The Cannibal Cafe
This popular burger bar is known for its appetizing menu of hand-ground beef burgers, brews, and milkshakes. Love a challenge? Why not tackle The Beast, a towering burger comprised of six beef patties with six double slices of cheese and bacon layered on each one. Besides from having the meat sweats, diners who manage to eat this ridiculous burger in 30 minutes or less will win a T-shirt, get their photo on the Wall of Fame, and receive this towering feed for free.
Address: 18181 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Address: 433 Granville Street, Vancouver
Flat Line Challenge at The Hog Shack
In addition to offering ribs, burgers, and smoked meats, this Kansas City-style BBQ cookhouse in Richmond runs the Flat Line Challenge. A food challenge that requires participants to eat two grilled cheese sandwiches, that hold together even more cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a double burger patty, as well as either a plate of fries or a salad. Those who polish the whole thing off in five minutes get the meal for free.
Address: 160 – 3900 Bayview Street, Richmond
Charlie Bowl Challenge at Jam Cafe
Best known for their deliciously indulgent meals, this all-day breakfast spot will run (as of July) the Charlie Bowl Challenge. Diners who finish the full sized portion (a monster bowl of hash with crumbled biscuit, hash browns, diced ham, green onions, cheddar topped with sausage gravy, and two sunny side eggs) will receive a winners T-shirt.
Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Uncle Grant’s Eating Challenge at Lucy’s Eastside Diner
This 24-hour joint on Main Street runs an extreme eating challenge. The Uncle Grant’s Eating Challenge consists of six four ounce beef patties, six pieces of cheese, 12 pieces of bacon, two grilled cheese sandwiches, a side of poutine, a side of mac and cheese (topped with a helping of pulled pork), and lastly a 26 ounce milkshake to help wash everything down. To be a challenge winner you must have conquered the massive meal in 20 minutes or less. For those who succeed the meal is free and they win a polaroid spot on the Wall of Fame.
Address: 2708 Main Street, Vancouver
Ernie’s Mile High Challenge at Burger Heaven
As the restaurant’s website states, “only those of true strength, tenacity, and sheer will power make it onto Ernie’s Wall of Fame.” Indeed, diners will need those three qualities to eat their way through two and a half pounds of meat (eight patties) high topped with the works (cheddar, mozzarella, mushrooms, bacon, and the restaurant’s special sauce). If you can stomach this ginormous meal you get a free dessert (if you have room), a T-shirt, and your photo on the Wall of Fame. There’s no time limit, but if you can’t finish, it’s the “Wall of Shame” for you.
Address: 77 10th Street, New Westminster
Finish a Bowl of Pasta Challenge at Anton’s Pasta Bar
At dinner, take on one of Anton’s Pasta Bar bowls of pasta in Burnaby for the chance to receive a commemorative pen that says “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” Sounds easy? Don’t be fooled, this longstanding favourite dishes up gut-busting portions of pasta that are super filling.
Address: 4260 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
Pad Thai Challenge at Thai Café
How much do you love Pad Thai? Burnaby’s Thai Café challenges their customers to eat four and a half pounds of rice noodles in 30 minutes. Those who finish this heaping bowl of Pad Thai within the time limit receive a $30 Thai Café Gift Certificate for a future meal at the restaurant. If patrons don’t finish they owe Thai Café $30.
Address: 4160 Hastings Street, Burnaby
1 kg Chicken Parmie Challenge at Moose’s Down Under
Aussies longing for a taste of home or those who simply want to test their stomachs should head on over to Moose’s Down Under. The Aussie-inspired haunt challengers diners to finish one kilo of Chicken “Parmie” (breaded chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella) and fries in 45 minutes. Complete the food coma-inducing meal and you will be awarded a Moose’s T-shirt and a free meal. Fail and it only costs you $35 and a small fraction of your pride. As it stands 40 people have tried to wipe the plate clean but only three have succeeded.
Address: 830 West Pender Street, Vancouver