The most popular type of challenge in the United States is to have a large burger or sandwich along with french fries and/or some onion rings. For an example, check out my cool video of The 5Lb Burger Challenge
at The All Star Rock Bar in Kansas City, Missouri which is pictured to the left. You will hear this in other sections too, but remember to eat the protein (meats) first, followed by the starches & carbohydrates. Focus on eating the hamburger/meat first, then the vegetables, then the bun, and then the french fries & onion rings. When I am doing a big burger, I have the restaurant butter & toast the bun so that it tastes better while I'm eating it by itself. If I can choose how I want my burger cooked, I choose medium rare so that the meat is more juicy and easier to eat. Cold & dry meat is a lot harder to eat than a juicy burger. If you don't want to eat the bun all by itself, eat about 3/4 of the meat and then start eating some of the bread with it. I suggest eating the bottom bun first because its already moist & soggy from the greasy burger. The bottom bun will taste bad when it gets cold. Plus the top bun usually has mayonnaise or something on it to help it taste better later. If plain, have them butter & toast it!!
I always do fries last. Sometimes if I am not fast enough, the fries get cold. That is why I use lemonade or a drink of choice, because it helps get through the bad taste and texture. Feel free to use a little ketchup or bbq sauce on the fries if you need to. Sometimes a buger is just stacked high with smaller patties rather than having just one big one. If thats the case, eat all of the patties first except for one. Take the last burger patty and put it in between the two buns, & just eat it like a normal burger!! For an example of this, watch me DOMINATE The Stellanator
at Stella's Bar & Grill
in Bellevue, NE. In other cases, the burger or sandwich may just be pretty thin. There may be two or three sandwiches, or it may just be one of many parts in a challenge. If thats the case, its ok just to eat the sandwich all together like a normal human being!! For an example of that, watch me defeat The Lucy Challenge
at Tin Cup
in St. Paul, Minnesota which was the featured challenge of Man v Food Nation: St. Paul!!
The last thing I will talk about under this heading is french fries. 80% or more of food challenges come with some type of starch as a side item. Typical options are french fries, onion rings, tater tots, or baked potatoes. Most challenges include french fries, but every restaurant serves different types of french fries. Therefore, you have to base your strategy on the type of starch you will be eating. Every now & then, you may even have a choice. Typically, they only come with steak challenges, but my favorite starch to eat is a baked potato. If cooked right, they go down so easy!! You just have to pick it up with your hands and eat it like a caveman, and you don't need butter or sour cream. Also, you only get 1 baked potato that usually weighs around 12-16 ounces, so you know exactly what you got.
With french fries, onion rings, & tater tots, you will get whatever the cook gives you. Unless they weigh it in front of you, you won't know exactly how much you are eating. I have done challenges advertised as having 1lb of fries, but then the plate came out with over 2lbs!! Given the choice between the three others, I would choose onion rings first, then tater tots, and then french fries, simply based on taste. I will talk about speed later. Plus, onion rings & tater tots are more dense so you usually have to eat less, since most of the time they are weighed out before getting thrown into the fryer. There are many types of french fries, including steak fries, sweet potato fries, curly fries, waffle fries, crinkle-cut fries, fresh-cut fries, and regular fries like you get at McDonald's
. Sometimes, the fries may even be seasoned. Given the choice between these, based on speed, I would choose fresh-cut fries, steak fries, sweet potato fries, regular fries, & then curly fries, waffle fries, & crinkle-cut fries. The last 3 are usually the least dense & toughest to eat.
There is more surface area so they become extra crunchy and hard to chew, and you usually have to eat more because they are less dense. Before you choose, look at somebody else's plate. Decide which option you will like most along with the option that you think will go down the fastest & easiest. If you can, just like when ordering your burger, ask them to slightly undercook the fries. You don't want them fully cooked & tough to eat!! Otherwise you will have to chew a lot which will take a ton of time. This is not good since you will already be full & eating slowly after the BIG burger!!
Most of the time, you won't have a choice to pick which type of starch you want. You just have to eat what they give you!! Remember you can always choose how the food is cooked though. If you have watched any of my food challenge videos
, you have seen how I eat french fries. If you have not watched a video, watch this one
!! I had to eat about 4lbs of greasy curly fries. I crunch and ball them up, and then fill my mouth. By crunching them up, this helps soften the fries so that I have to chew less. Then I chase the fries with soda and swallow as fast as I can. If you don't want to ball the fries up, put a handful of them together and eat as much as you can. Don't worry about using good manners. Years ago I learned the hard way that you can't win a challenge eating fries a few at a time!! :)