Time Out Melbourne

HBO. Hot dogs. Man Vs Food. America has given us so much, so to pay our respect to the big-food nation, we rounded up Melbourne's top five big food challenges

Kodiak Club

This may be the most low-brow version of 60 minutes you will ever witness/participate in. One challenger, one hour, and 60 buffalo hot wings. Whether you finish them all, and are hence rewarded with eternal glory on the honour/shame board, and no bill, will depend on which you value more – your dignity, or $90. Fitzroy.

Misty's Diner

Following the American belief that ‘bigger is better’, Misty’s created its gargantuan ‘Challenge Burger’. $35 gets you five patties – yup, a whopping 1.2 kilos of sheer burger. Eat that, along with 200 grams of fries, in 14 minutes and you’ll get a free tee (“I smashed the Misty’s diner challenge”- date shirt!) and your photo on the fame wall. Prahran.

Outback Jack's

Carnivores, this one's for you: a one-kilo steak. Spend less than 30 minutes on the grain-fed beef (and eat 500 grams of veg and wedges) to get a $30 voucher. Or you could choose to walk away with an Outback Jack’s tee shirt. Go on, show the world you’re a future champion of the competitive eating circuit. Docklands.

Captain America's Hamburger Heaven

As a Time Out reporter recently pointed out – nowhere is as star-spangled as Captain America – not even America. Take a shot at the burger challenge title, ($28, a 1kg double burger with 600g of chips on the side) or hell, why not just challenge yourself? Order up a slab of ribs, cheese fries and some Billy the Kid shooters (Kahlua, Bundy, tequila). God bless the USA. Ferntree Gully.

Taco Bill's

Nowhere else in Melbourne – or all of Australia – offers as humongous a margarita as Taco Bill’s nefarious ‘Pancho Villa’. Finish the gargantuan $30 cocktail, aka ‘the fishbowl’, and you’ll win yourself a take-home sombrero. BYO insulin for this one. Fitzroy.

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