Food challenges have become popular over the past couple of years. They have existed for many years but now, after a little help from television shows promoting the food dares, restaurants and patrons are eager to participate. Seattle is not immune. Take on the challenge at one of these restaurants and leave happy and satisfied.
Ram Restaurant and Brewery
2650 University Village
Seattle, WA 98105
At the RAM Restaurant and Brewery, not only are there pints of hand-crafted beer to drink made by talented brew masters, but brave patrons can take on the Behemoth Challenge. Aptly named, this challenge contains a five-pound burger made up of three kinds of Wisconsin cheese, three kinds of meat and other miscellaneous garnishes to add to the weight. Can’t have your burger without fries? Don’t worry, those come too. Tackle the entirety of this burger without leaving the table and get a free, RAM t-shirt.
7311 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Beth’s Café in Greenlake isn’t a place for a small bite to eat. It is known around the area and beyond for its fabulous omelettes. Not only are they delicious, but they are HUGE. The small ones are “only” six-egg creations, but loyal customers come for the 12-egg omelettes. That’s right, 12. If that wasn’t enough, the omelettes also come with all-you-can-eat hash browns and toast, an English muffin or a biscuit. For every person that helps eat the monstrous dish, it’s $1.50 more – 12-egg omelettes start around $16. But try it yourself for a real challenge.
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850 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Forget burgers or breakfast, at KOBE in Bellevue, it is all about the ramen bowl. One bowl of ramen always leaves you wanting more when eaten at home for a quick-fix meal. Well, now you can get all you’d ever want with KOBE’s Ramen Challenge. Slurp down three large bowls of ramen in 30 minutes to win. You might need to swap out the chopsticks with a fork for this feat. But the reward is worth the effort. KOBE offers up a $100 gift certificate to all that beat the challenge. Don’t succeed and it will cost $20.
6108 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406
The burger challenge at the Loose Wheel in Tacoma is not like any other burger challenge out there. Here, not only do contestants have to consume a two-pound burger in less than 25 minutes, they also have to choke down the “bun” of two grilled cheese sandwiches, half pound of bacon, burger toppings and two pounds of JoJo’s. This is not for the faint of heart. Finish in less than 25 minutes and the burger is free. Don’t fret, finish in under 45 minutes, pay for the burger and get name recognition on the Wall of Pain.
7818 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
The Wing Dome kicks up the challenge with some spice. The Seven Alarm Wings are more than hot, they burn off taste buds. Here, the wings are rated from one to six with one alarm being “mild and flavorful,” to six alarm, “I can’t feel my face.” Then there is seven, “face the challenge.” Eat seven Seven-Alarm wings in a blazin’ chipotle sauce in seven minutes and win. Don’t succeed, it’s $7.77. This one is only for the truly brave, or truly stupid.
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Denise LaCaille is a freelance writer living in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington and is passionate about the local food scene. Every weekend youll find her at farmers markets scouring for the freshest ingredients to create healthy dishes for her food blog she writes with her twin sister. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.