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The Biggest Belt Busting Food Challenges In Columbus

Originally published 2/23/2017. Updated 8/2/2018.

Is there anything more American than shoving as much food into your mouth as humanly possible?

Restaurants all around Columbus have incredible food challenges, just waiting for you to show off your digestion skills. From massive burgers the size of your head to burritos worth their weight in gold, here are some fantastic belt-busting food challenges around our city.

Do you have what it takes?


Joseppi’s 28″ Mega Meat Pizza Challenge

via Joseppi’s Pizza Facebook

The Challenge: You and a partner must devour a 28-inch Mega Meat Pizza. This pizza is covered with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, ground beef, provolone and grated cheeses.
Time limit: 1 hour
What you win: $100 cash, $150 in Joseppi’s gift certificates, and two Joseppi’s T-shirts
Where: 4764 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43228
Joseppi’s Pizza

Gena’s 3 Pancake Challenge

via Gena’s Restaurant

The Challenge: For this challenge, you must finish a stack of 3 pancakes. Sounds easy, right? Think again. Each pancake weighs roughly a pound and is the size of a car steering wheel.
Time limit: 45 minutes
What you win: A picture on the wall of challenge winners
Where: 5947 S Sunbury Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Gena’s Restaurant

The 5lb Melt Challenge

The Challenge: This giant grilled cheese has 13 different cheeses oozing between the three slices of bread. You will also have coleslaw and a pile of hand-cut fries. In all, you’ll be eating over 5lbs of food.
Time limit: One sitting
What you win: Melt t-shirt or Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card and a photo on the wall of fame
Where: 840 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Melt Bar & Grilled

The Thurmanator

via The Thurman Cafe Facebook

The Challenge: You better loosen your belt or wear pants with an elastic band. This burger is a beast. According to the Thurman Cafe’s menu this sandwich consists of, a “bottom bun, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle, banana peppers, 12 ounce burger, bacon, cheddar, another 12 ounce burger, sautéed mushrooms & onions, ham, mozzarella & American cheese, top bun.” Then there’s the pickle spear and a pile of fries, too. Now, this isn’t an official food challenge, but wouldn’t it be cool to finish the sandwich featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food?
Time limit: one sitting
What you win: bragging rights
When: 183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, Ohio, 43206
The Thurman Cafe

Cazuela’s Super Macho Burrito Challenge

The Challenge: Choose your own meat, and add some beans and veggies before they get smothered in a spicy sauce. This burrito weighs 1lb.
Time limit: 20 minutes
What you win: a free meal, a Cazuela’s T-shirt, and a photo on the wall of fame
Where: 2247 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Cazuela’s Grill & Mexican Restaurant

What Da Pho Challenge

via Indochine Café Facebook

The Challenge: Prepare to eat a bucket of soup because these bowls are gigantic. For this challenge, you ll have to eat 10lbs worth of meat, noodles, and broth.
Time limit: 1 hour
What you win: the pho will be free, a What the Pho T-shirt
Where: 561 S Hamilton Rd, Whitehall, OH 43213
Indochine Café

The Brew Brothers’ Gregg’s Burger Challenge

via Brew Brothers Facebook

The Challenge: I hope your stomach is good and stretched out, because you’ll need every ounce of free space for this one. Six, 1/2 burger patties are stacked on top of one another, layered with cheese, bacon, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and buns.
Time limit: 30 minutes
What you win: A free meal, a free growler, and a free t-shirt
Where: 6000 S High St, Columbus, OH 43207
The Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs

Johnson’s Ice Cream Challenge

via Johnson’s Ice Cream Facebook

The Challenge: This banana split might just split the seams of your pants if you’re not careful. This challenge requires polishing of 8 scoop of ice cream, 3 whole bananas, 8 different toppings, whipped cream, and yes, there are cherries on top.
Time limit: 11 minutes, 13 seconds
What you win: the ice cream’s free and a Johnson’s Ice Cream T-shirt
Where: 2728 East Main Street Bexley, Ohio 43209
Johnson’s Ice Cream

The Monolith Sandwich Challenge

Neighbor’s Deli Facebook

The Challenge: This sandwich has a list of ingredients that read like a grocery list, and a long one at that. It stacks up at 4 ½ lbs of food. Some ingredients include 5 oz. of corned beef, 5 oz. of pastrami, 5 oz. of roast beef, 5 oz. of smoked ham, and 5 oz. of turkey. If that’s not enough for you, add over a dozen other foods and you’ll get this triple decker sandwich. You’ll need to finish it and a side of potato salad to complete the challenge.
Time limit: 20 minutes and 13 seconds
What you win: the sandwich is free, your picture on the wall, and a Neighbor’s Deli T-shirt
Where: 2142 W Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
Neighbor’s Deli

Mega Mamma Burrito Challenge

via Big Mamma’s Facebook

The Challenge: Finish a 5 lb burrito with your choice of meat, chipotle ranch sauce, cheese, rice, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Once you’re finished your belly will be so full you’ll be crying for your mamma.
Time limit: 20 minutes
What you win: free meal, a Big Mamma’s T-shirt, and a photo on the wall of fame
Where: 1359 Grandview Ave Columbus, OH 43212
Big Mamma’s Burritos

The Big Nasty Burger Challenge

The Challenge: Finish this burger with its two half-pound patties, topped with cheddar cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and bacon. The catch? It’s all smothered in the signature, spicy Nasty sauce.
Time limit: 20 minutes
What you win: Bragging rights and the chance to buy a Big Nasty T-shirt for only $6
Where: 6150 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43213
Nasty’s Sports Bar

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