Everything is bigger in Texas, and these food challenges listed below are proof of that. From a 12-pound pizza to a 12-egg omelet, these Texas food challenges are both prosperous and delicious. If you can devour these challenging dishes, your meal is typically free, and some restaurants give away prizes too. Come hungry to these 9 Texas restaurants with the craziest food challenges in the Lone Star State.


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Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen, Houston Zellagabetsky Challenge
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Zellagabetsky Challenge

Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen, Houston (Nearby Hotels)

This $65 sandwich at Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen in Houston gains plenty of attention whenever a brave soul orders it. At nearly four pounds, this eight layer sandwich is packed with six different deli meats, including pastrami, turkey, roast beef, tongue, salami and corned beef. The sandwich also features Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and sweet red pepper. Now this food challenge has no time limit, but you must complete this monster all by yourself in order to win the prize, which is a slice of homemade cheesecake.

Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo 72 oz. steak at Big Texan Steak Ranch
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72 oz. steak at Big Texan Steak Ranch

Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo (Nearby Hotels)

The 72-ounce steak challenge has attracted travelers, football players and even the TV show “Man vs. Food.” Found at the Big Texas Steak Ranch along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas, the food challenge here is more than just eating a big slab of steak. Hungry and hopeful participants must devour the 72-ounce steak along with shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, one salad and one buttered roll. And this monster meal must be eaten in an hour or less. For those who can conquer the 72-ounce steak challenge, the meal is free and their name forever rests on the restaurant’s Hall of Fame. Now if you can’t eat the meal, you’re left with a $72 bill.

Bistro B, Dallas Big bowl of pho at Bistro B
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Big bowl of pho at Bistro B

Bistro B, Dallas (Nearby Hotels)

Pho lovers hoping to get $200 worth of free pho should consider devouring the giant bowl of pho challenge at Bistro B in Dallas. Pho, a Vietnamese soup, is made with flavorful broth, meat, noodles, basil, jalapenos and bean sprouts. The giant bowl of pho at Bistro B is a whopping seven pounds total, with two pounds of meat and five of the pounds being from the noodles alone. If you can eat this bowl of pho in 90 minutes or under, then you will receive a $200 gift card to Bistro B. At $17.99, this food challenge won’t break the bank as much as the other challenges found on this list.

Hullabaloo Diner, College Station Aggie Special
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Aggie Special

Hullabaloo Diner, College Station (Nearby Hotels)

If you find breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, then you may consider eating this 12-egg omelette found at Hullabaloo Diner in College Station. Referred to as the Aggie Special, a reference to Texas A&M University, this omelette is usually stuffed with bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, tomato, mushroom, ham, bacon, sausage and of course cheese. As if that isn’t enough, the omelette is then topped with gravy or green chili sauce. If you finish this massive breakfast, then you’ll be rewarded with a free T-shirt. However if you beat the fastest time, the $24.99 omelette is free.

Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria 28
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28" pizza at Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria

Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria (Nearby Hotels)

Twelve pounds of pizza isn’t just found in a pizza lover’s dream. At Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria in Austin, there is a 12-pound pizza challenge. At 28 inches across, this massive pizza can be made with either four types of veggies or two meat toppings. No matter what toppings you choose however, expect six delicious pounds of cheese. Now you don’t have to eat alone for this challenge because two people are allowed to partake. If you and your partner can eat this massive pizza in under an hour, you both can split the $200 prize money. This $45 masterpiece takes some time to create, therefore you’ll have to schedule a time slot for your challenge 24 hours in advance.

Taproom Pub & Grub The Chupacabra Challenge
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The Chupacabra Challenge

Taproom Pub & Grub (Nearby Hotels)

The Chupacabra Challenge at Taproom Pub & Grub in San Marcos isn’t for the faint of heart, or rather the faint of stomach. This challenge involves eating a full rack of ribs, a one-pound bacon burger, a basket of fries, 24 hot wings and a basket of onion rings. Now you only have 45 minutes to devour the whole meal. If you are able to consume it all in this short time frame, then this $50 meal is free and you’ll even get a free T-shirt too.

Fred’s Downtown Philly Fred’s Downtown Philly
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Fred’s Downtown Philly

Fred’s Downtown Philly (Nearby Hotels)

This Dallas-area chain features a food challenge perfect for Philly cheesesteak lovers. Known as the Liberty Bell, this food challenge includes eating a 5.5-pound Philly cheesesteak and a helping portion of fries. This cheesesteak is made on a two-foot long hoagie bun. If you’re able to finish this lengthy sandwich in 30 minutes or under, then you’re meal is free and your name is placed on the Wall of Fame.

Chunky’s Burger
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Chunky’s Burger (Nearby Hotels)

This challenge is a bit different than the other challenges on this list. The Four Horsemen Challenge at Chunky’s Burger isn’t a massive amount of food; it’s actually only one 8-ounce burger. However this burger has been referred to as the “hottest burger on Earth” by the TV show “Man vs. Food.” Topped with Serrano peppers, jalapeno peppers, habanero sauce and ghost peppers, this burger is sure to induce sweating and tears. If you can devour this spicy sandwich in 25 minutes, you’ll get your picture up on the Wall of Flame. For this challenge, you must sign a liability waiver. Eat the Four Horsemen burger at your own risk!

Cowtown Diner Cowtown Diner
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Cowtown Diner

Cowtown Diner (Nearby Hotels)

Make a reservation 24 hours in advance to take on this chicken-fried steak challenge at Cowtown Diner in Fort Worth. Known as the world’s largest chicken-fried steak at 64 ounces, this deep-fried slab is served on an extra large pizza pan. However the chicken-fried steak isn’t the only thing you need to consume to win this challenge. Alongside the steak, which is drenched with gravy, are six pounds of mashed potatoes and 10 slices of Texas toast. If you’re able to devour this $70 meal, then your meal is free, you get a free T-shirt and your picture goes on the wall.

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