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Man vs. Food - Boston / PAX-East eating contest?

ArcoArco Registered User regular
edited March 2010 in PAX Archive
This is either the best idea I've ever had, or the worst idea I've ever had.

I'm on a Man vs. Food kick lately, and guess where he went in episode 8 of season 1? Boston!

Restaurants he went to:

The Barking Crab

Highlights: A 4lb clam bake that includes a 2lb lobster, clams, corn, and potato, plus homemade clam chowder. Also a fisherman's basket, which is deep fried clams, muscles, scallops, and french fries. Huge portions. No lobster/crab crackers - there's a fucking ROCK at each table, plus a stack of paper plates to use as buffers.

East Coast Grill

Highlights: Cajun cooking. On the show Adam went to Hell's Night, where all the food was insanely spicy. If you wuss out you have to ask for the "antidote," and they'll bring you a creamsicle. However, they also chant "wimp, wimp, wimp" as they do it. Hell's Night frequently sells out.

Eagle's Deli

Highlights: Amazing sirloin burgers, plus traditional deli fare. Adam attempted to eat a 5lb burger (10 1/2lb patties) named the Eagle's Challenge, which topped out at 12 pounds after 2lbs of cheese and bacon, plus 5 pounds of fries. Burgers looked amazing.

Would anyone be interested in doing an eating contest, perhaps as part of Post-PAX festivities?

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    dardordardor Redmond, WARegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I hate eating contests but I love eating. Namely because eating contests usually end up being "eat until you puke" and that's not fun at all. But Eagle's Deli's Eagle's Challenge sounds like something I would want to try out. Man, 5 pounds of fries and a 12 pound sirloin bacon cheeseburger? I'm all over that.

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    mentok1982mentok1982 I could never leave you PAX baby. BaltimoreRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I have eaten all 12 value menu items at Wendy's in one sitting. I have some really boring YouTube proof too.

    If this actually happens, and we choose The Barking Crab or Eagle's Deli, I will participate.

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    chupamiubrechupamiubre Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I will do all of these things and more!

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    LTAcostaLTAcosta Boston, MARegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I just watched that episode last night... That burger is insane...

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    GrundlestiltskinGrundlestiltskin Behind you!Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    To put the Eagles' burger challenge in perspective, here's a picture of their Godzilla burger.
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    That's a 1 pound burger, 1 pound of fries. The challenge is 5 times that big.

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    NijhazerNijhazer Sunnyvale, CARegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I will do this only if all participants unite inside of an enormous Kraken costume, collectively wandering from restaurant to restaurant. One group of folks will man the tentacles, lifting burgers, fries, drinks, and desserts from the table to the Kraken's maw in rapid succession, while another group distributes the food among the participants. We may also need a third group to distract the restaurant manager for long enough to keep us from being thrown out.

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Otaku Suppository got the Eagles challenge at the last meet up when Khoo was in town. We have pictures of it somewhere. I'll see if I can find them.

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Otaku Suppository got the Eagles challenge at the last meet up when Khoo was in town. We have pictures of it somewhere. I'll see if I can find them.

    tadaaaa!

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    Ferris007Ferris007 Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Count me in if you hit the Barking Crab or East Coast Grill. I'm all for smashing crustaceans with blunt objects.

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Usagi wrote: »
    Otaku Suppository got the Eagles challenge at the last meet up when Khoo was in town. We have pictures of it somewhere. I'll see if I can find them.

    tadaaaa!

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    I forgot about the phallic pickles.

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    ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Nijhazer wrote: »
    I will do this only if all participants unite inside of an enormous Kraken costume, collectively wandering from restaurant to restaurant. One group of folks will man the tentacles, lifting burgers, fries, drinks, and desserts from the table to the Kraken's maw in rapid succession, while another group distributes the food among the participants. We may also need a third group to distract the restaurant manager for long enough to keep us from being thrown out.

    This needs to happen.

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    GrundlestiltskinGrundlestiltskin Behind you!Registered User regular
    edited November 2009

    I forgot about the phallic pickles.


    As opposed to pickles that...aren't..phallic...
    o_O

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited November 2009

    I forgot about the phallic pickles.


    As opposed to pickles that...aren't..phallic...
    o_O

    They were arranged like a boner.

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    WaterbornWaterborn Registered User regular
    edited November 2009

    I forgot about the phallic pickles.


    As opposed to pickles that...aren't..phallic...
    o_O

    They were arranged like a boner.

    Ouch! The pickles are split in two! Painful "boner" to say the least. :shock:

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I have another pic of Otaku about to try shoving the burger into his gaping maw, but I'm not sure if he wants his mug posted

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    MuRRizzLeMuRRizzLe Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I'll travel from NYC with a Carnegie Deli Reuben just for fun :P

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    arsonisfunarsonisfun Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Eagles is all of a 15min walk from my apt, so I've been there a few times ... Had a friend who tried the previous challenge (it was a 3lb burger + cheese, 5lbs of fries) but he failed horribly

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    PantsBPantsB Fake Thomas Jefferson Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    It should be noted the Barking Crab is on the water (literally on a dock)
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    and while I believe they do have indoor seating, a majority of the place is either outside or under a canopy. I've only been in the summer so its possible its fine, but March on the water can be a little bit much for those not used to it. Its a nice place and very casual but just as a heads up

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    ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Ooooh, good info. Good info.

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    JBob08JBob08 Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    There are 6 of us coming from NC. Count us in if this happens. Sounds like it will be a great time, all but the stomach pumping part at the end.

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    Kwisatz HaderachKwisatz Haderach Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    PantsB wrote: »
    It should be noted the Barking Crab is on the water (literally on a dock)
    rear_photo.jpg
    and while I believe they do have indoor seating, a majority of the place is either outside or under a canopy. I've only been in the summer so its possible its fine, but March on the water can be a little bit much for those not used to it. Its a nice place and very casual but just as a heads up

    Ummm, forgive me if this is idiotic, but if the place is on the water, need we worry about those susceptible to seasickness?

    Really want to try this, but won't know for sure if I'm up for it until I try the Fatburger Triple King Challenge and win - that'll be "practice."

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited December 2009
    I love fatburger

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    PantsB wrote: »
    It should be noted the Barking Crab is on the water (literally on a dock)
    rear_photo.jpg
    and while I believe they do have indoor seating, a majority of the place is either outside or under a canopy. I've only been in the summer so its possible its fine, but March on the water can be a little bit much for those not used to it. Its a nice place and very casual but just as a heads up

    Ummm, forgive me if this is idiotic, but if the place is on the water, need we worry about those susceptible to seasickness?

    Really want to try this, but won't know for sure if I'm up for it until I try the Fatburger Triple King Challenge and win - that'll be "practice."

    No, it doesn't rock or anything. They also have a good amount of indoor seating and if you make reservations it won't be a big deal.

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    DorkaliciousDorkalicious Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    That seriously sounds like a stomach ache waiting to happen. Ouchie!

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    bishopjbishopj Registered User new member
    edited December 2009
    Saw this episode a while back and decided my friend and I are going to try putting back one of those burgers, even though I know we certainly can't.

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    kevindockevindoc Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    love "Man v Food"....count me in for the East Coast Grill or Eagle's Deli!

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    ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Allentown, PARegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    OH BRING IT ON, WHATCHA GONNA GO, WHEN ZEROMANIA RUNS WILD, ON YOU?

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    arsonisfunarsonisfun Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    kevindoc wrote: »
    love "Man v Food"....count me in for the East Coast Grill or Eagle's Deli!

    Get up here, I have a spare seat for Hell Night tonight :)

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    ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Allentown, PARegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Seriously, I love spicy food... and have been known to drink various hot sauces straight from the bottle... so bring it on.

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    SlogoSlogo Registered User new member
    edited January 2010
    I've been to East Coast Grill and done the Hell Night. It's Wild. I don't think there will be one, they're usually around Halloween, early Dec, and mid Jan. Walking into the restaurant is painful because of all the spices floating around.

    I take it he ate the Hell Pasta? I successfully ate it one year. Came back 2 years later when they started using the ghost chili and it's a whole other ballgame. The pasta definitely kicked me around that time but it was still so good.

    Even if you can't eat insanely spicy the experience is awesome, lots of mid/low spicy stuff to eat.

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    H2O ShoagieH2O Shoagie Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I would be 100% for this if i can find the money to go. I live in Columbus and had been everywhere and done everything multiple times before that episode aired.

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    RdrRdr Rider Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    This is a pretty awesome idea, Arco. I have been sleeping on this show too. I will check it out this weekend.

    As for me participating...can't. While I am a bigger guy, I really don't eat a lot and can't eat that quantity in one sitting haha. But I'll gladly cheer you guys on and support it.

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    burnttoast45burnttoast45 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    So I went to Eagle's Deli today in Brighton MA. They recently reopened after a couple months of renovations. It looked like a nice establishment with a couple hdtvs (wings vs. pens and winter xgames). The place was packed but by the time we paid, we were able to snag a table.

    The Eagle's Challenge was $55, but no one there was eating that fiasco this afternoon. I went with the $8 cowboy burger (1/2 pound burger, some sauce, bacon, onions, hold the cheese).
    edit: My burger was ok (nothing special), the fries were good, and I was full for a good time afterwards.

    Here are a couple pictures. Sorry they were all after thoughts so not the greatest photos.
    One of the place: http://img158.yfrog.com/i/hu5e.jpg/
    My burger after: http://img49.yfrog.com/i/n17c.jpg/

    Btw, I did not see the wall of shame. It looks like they might have gotten rid of it unless it's in the kitchen or a moveable board...

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    SB PyroSB Pyro Registered User new member
    edited February 2010
    Been to two out of the 3 places.
    Eagle's deli great burgers.
    And Hell night at East Coast grill is insane. Absolutely loved the flavor in the hell pasta, but not that frequently held as previously noted.
    Haven't been to the barking crab even though I uses to live close to it.

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    RdrRdr Rider Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I finally got around to watching the first season of Man v. Food and I really want to go to Eagle's Deli now. Definitely going there at some point during my stay in Boston.

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    def PDdef PD Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I'm down. I love eating food excluding a lot of veggies though.

    When is this taking place? I didn't see it on the OP, just the list of potential "wheres".

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    ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Don't think there's a definite time yet. Any suggestions?

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    arsonisfunarsonisfun Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I would suggest Eagles out of the various candidates. Burgers tend to be agreeable to most and it's not too expensive - the challenge burger is $55, but I shudder to think of anyone actually trying to eat it. The Reilly burger is big enough to dominate most mere mortals and it's only $28.

    Friday lunchtime seems ideal as I doubt the schedule will be as packed as, say, Saturday/Sunday.

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    PrincePrince Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Not sure what the schedule, breaks, etc... will be like for the Enforcers at PAX, but if I can get away for the Friday lunch, I'll def head out there.

    I've seen this place on Man vs. Food and Phantom Gourmet (for non-locals, it's a local food show that basically advertises/rates local eateries).

    I'd be down to go, and could get a body or two in my car if it's needed.

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    OnWeOnWe Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Hey, so i live in boston, and there's this burger/dogs place 3 or 4 blocks from the convention center called Spike's Junkyard Dogs (http://www.spikesjunkyarddogs.com/ingredients.php). The food isn't great, but they do have a wall where if you eat a whole mess of hot-dogs, they'll take your polaroid and put it up. I think if you eat like, more than 10, you get a shirt or something, and i think the record is 14. You might want to check it out if you plan on eating copious amounts of disgusting food while in boston.

    Also, you might try McGreevy's, which is actually a pretty good pub immediately across from the convention center that sells a $30 burger. here is the description.
    (http://www.mcgreevysboston.com/default.asp)

    McGREEVY’S BECKETT BURGER $30
    Take a swing at finishing this burger!

    Lettuce, tomato, pickles & cheddar cheese atop 25 ounces of 100% beef to make a total burger weighing 1
    pound, 9 ounces in honor of Fenway favorite #19, Josh Beckett. Finish this home plate-sized burger & we’ll
    honor you with shirt announcing that you beat this monster of a meal. In fact, even if you strike out & need a
    to-go container we’ll toss you a t-shirt that announces the burger beat you! A portion of the proceeds benefit
    The Josh Beckett Foundation.

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