Get hungry, Cleveland. And loosen those belts. Here are the five best food challenges that can be found in our robust, peckish town.
Touch's Tuesday Burger Challenge
Where: Touch Supper Club ( touchohiocity.com) 2710 Lorain Ave Ohio City
If you are adventurous, you can attempt this burger behemoth. It is free if you finish, or $30 if you fail. First is the tower of beef comprised of 3 lbs. of meat with three complete buns, and a variety of toppings that switch every Tuesday. If you even get past the burger, you must also scarf down the side of frites, plus a draft beer.
Prize: Bragging rights
Cost: $30 or free if you finish
Shula's 48-ounce Steak Challenge
Where: Shula's Steak House 2 6200 Quarry Lane Independence
The Challenge: With a four-day notice required, 48 ounces of prime beef is flown in directly from Shula's Steak House in Miami. Pick your temperature, grab your steak sauce and pick two sides, as you have 60 minutes to complete the challenge.
The Prize: Have your name immortalized in the Shula's 40-oz Club
Quaker Steak and Lube Atomic Wing Challenge
Where: Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant ( quakersteakandlube.com) Valley View and Sheffield locations
The Challenge: Consume five chicken wings with Atomic sauce (150,000 Scoville heat units). A word of advice: clear the rest of your day, and drink lots of milk!
Prize: Get yourself a nifty bumper sticker and a spot on the "Wall of Flame." Then get into the big leagues and try the Triple Atomic Challenge (450,000 Scoville heat units).
Terminal Tower Sundae Challenge
Where: Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop (sweetmosestreats.com) 6800 Detroit Ave Gordon Square
The Challenge: Ten scoops of ice cream — one scoop of each house-made flavor — topped with hot fudge, warm caramel, marshmallow cream, pecans, candy sprinkles, whipped cream and cherries. Your choice of two additional toppings, served on the side.
Prize: Name on a plaque and a take-home photo.
The Melt Challenge
Where: NE Ohio-area Melt Bar and Grilled locations (meltbarandgrilled.com)
The Challenge: Defeat this monster grilled cheese loaded with 13 cheeses, 3 slices of grilled bread and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw. Over 5 lbs. of food!
The Prize: Finish it all without any help or trips to the bathroom, and you will be awarded a Melt T-shirt or Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card, and we’ll immortalize you in their online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame.