For all you foodies looking for a challenge, prepare your stomachs because we’ve compiled a list of the top food challenges in L.A. From the spiciest soup in the city to a burrito the size of a man’s forearm, these challenges are no joking matter. Whether you’re looking for pride or a free meal, these places are worth checking out –if you’re brave enough, that is.
Orochon Ramen: Special #2 Challenge
Featured in an episode of “Man vs. Food,” the Special #2 will have you breaking a sweat. The challenge consists of finishing a large bowl of the restaurant’s spiciest ramen in less than 30 minutes; fearless host Adam Richman managed to finish the flaming bowl of ramen just in the nick of time. Winners of the challenge get their photo taken and placed on Orochon’s Wall of Bravery, a wall dedicated to the few who can withstand the heat. The Special #2 is what Orochon describes as the “spiciest and hottest bowl of ramen in the planet” and is made up of their traditional Japanese ramen, their extremely spicy soup base (you can pick the broth from choices like soy sauce or miso), pork, bean sprouts and far too many jalapeños. You can add toppings like corn or extra veggies for an additional cost, which can be help soothe the spiciness and aid in completing the challenge. Orochon advises to eat at your own risk, so if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, order a bowl of their mild noodles –while it’s less fun, it’s also less painful. But if you’re determined to get on the Wall of Bravery, grab a gallon of milk and prepare for the spiciest challenge in L.A.
Orochon Ramen is located a 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Los Angeles.
Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café: Manuel’s Special
If you’re in the mood for Mexican, check out the Manuel’s Special at Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café. Comparable to the size of a newborn baby, Manuel’s Special is a 5-lb burrito filled with meat, guacamole, cheese, rice, beans, veggies and anything else you can think of. There are five different options for meat, which include chicken, chile verde, steak picado, carne asada and machaca (shredded beef). Customers who finish the massive burrito receive a free “I ate the whole thing” t-shirt. A chance at victory comes at a price though –the burrito costs around $20 to $24 each. While you have to eat it by yourself in order to earn the free t-shirt, the Manuel’s Special is a good option to split among friends for a delicious and filling meal. This challenge was also featured on “Man vs. Food,” and even Richman couldn’t manage to finish the entire burrito on his own.
Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café is located at 812 N. Evergreen Ave., Los Angeles.
Wakasaya: Sashimi Challenge
Sashimi and sushi lovers rejoice: Wakasaya is offering quality sashimi for free –but with a catch. A massive bowl of various types of sashimi and rice, which normally costs $50, can be in your belly for free if you finish it within the allotted time of 15 minutes. Called the Bikkuri Don, this bowl of fresh fish and rice also comes with soup on the side. Along with the free meal, your photo gets placed on the wall if the challenge is completed. The main difficulty of this challenge is the rice portion. The Bikkuri Don is mainly white rice on the bottom, which is full of carbohydrates, making it extremely filling. This challenge is only recommended for true sashimi lovers because if you can’t finish it, you’re out 50 bucks and probably won’t be able to eat fish for a whole month.
Wakasaya is located at 350 E. 1st St., Los Angeles.
Fat Sal’s: Big Fat Fatty Challenge
Think you have what it takes to be a big fat fatty at Fat Sal’s Deli in L.A.? For a whopping $50, you get a shot at finishing one of the most epic sandwiches known to man. The Big Fat Fatty is Fat Sal’s special “sandwich,” if you can even call it that. This fatty is filled with cheesesteak, cheese burgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, jalapeno poppers, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara and fat sauce (literally what the sauce is called) all on a 27-inch garlic hero bread. The entire Big Fat Fatty has to be consumed within a limited time of 40 minutes. And the prize for completing this possible heart attack of a sandwich? Not only is the sandwich free, but champions of this challenge get to create and name their very own “fat sandwich” at Fat Sal’s. Plus, you’ll be full for a whole week. Fat Sal’s is known for their delicious sandwiches and fries, and one of the stars of HBO’s “Entourage,” Jerry Ferrara, actually owns it with two other close friends of his.
Fat Sal’s Deli is located at 972 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles.