The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, which aired from 2008-2012 and featured Adam Richman, pushed the concept of the food challenge (aka “eating contest”) into the limelight, so that it’s popularity has grown wildly. For years, the “Big Tex” at the famous Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo has been considered one of the premier food challenges in the state of Texas. Weighing in at 72oz. and served with a roll, baked potato, shrimp cocktail, ranch beans, and salad, the Big Tex has defeated even the most valiant efforts of many.
The Big Dog Challenge: A Colossal Eating Contest.
For the longest time, no restaurant in Tyler TX had a food challenge that could compete. The Stand decided that those days needed to end, so we introduced a food challenge that is bigger than big, featuring a 28″ hot dog served on an entire loaf of baguette bread that is smothered in cheese, chili, Fritos, kraut, relish, onions, pickles, tomatoes, mustard, and ketchup. Together with a side item (a bag of Doritos), they set the table for what we call “The Big Dog Challenge,” a meal that exceeds 5.5 lbs in weight. Yes, that’s right. 90 ounces of food, which is the rough equivalent of 9 Whopper’s from Burger King or 12 Big Mac’s from McDonald’s. That’s more than a pound larger than the Big Tex steak, making the Big Dog Challenge one of the most grueling eating contests in the state of Texas.
The Glory & The Shame.
The Big Dog Challenge always features a dog that is named after the reigning champion, so picture this: three or four folks who think they can handle The Big Dog Challenge pull up a chair to take on The Big [Insert Your Name Here]. Now, that’s big time. If you don’t beat the record time, you can still get The Big Dog for free if you finish it in less than 25 minutes. If you neither set the record nor finish in less than 25 minutes (i.e., it rains most severely upon your proverbial parade), then The Big Dog costs you $20, which adds insult to injury, but is, nonetheless, the way it works.
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Think You Can Handle It?
If you’re feeling like a beast, watch the following videos and you may calm down a bit. If you’re feeling like a beast after you watch the video, email or call us and we’ll set you up for a food challenge that separates the men (or women!) from the boys.