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5 Gut-Busting Wisconsin Food Challenges

Jasmine Ferrell

Waaaaaay too much meat from Ward’s House of Prime, Milwaukee, Wis.
Waaaaaay too much meat from Ward’s House of Prime, Milwaukee, Wis.

You ever just feel like a photo of your face belongs somewhere on a wall? Are your mouth and stomach impressively large? Perhaps you should consider taking on one of the many restaurant food challenges found throughout Wisconsin. Here’re five to get you going ...

1. Zesty’s Custard Challenge

City: Allouez
Time Limit: 1 Hour
The Feat: A bowl larger than your head filled with custard, whip cream, cookies, ice cream cones, chocolate sauce … and a cherry on top.
The Prize: T-Shirt, Gift-Card, and the obligatory photo on the wall of fame.

2. Dublin Square Pub’s Emerald Isle’s Enormous Pot Pie

City: La Crosse
Time Limit: 1 Hour
The Feat: Requiring a 24 hour notice, this six pound behemoth contains all the classic ingredients: chicken, potatoes, carrots, peas, onion, and garlic.
The Prize: T-Shirt, photo on the wall, and you don’t even have to pay for your meal.

3. Ward’s House of Prime’s Prime Rib Challenge

City: Milwaukee and Delafield
Time Limit: One Sitting
The Feat: Order any of the jumbo cuts named after previous winners ranging from the 40 oz. Baby Dane to the 168 oz. Awesome Fat. Or just order 8 oz. above the largest cut, and it’ll be named after you.
The Prize: Caricature on the Wall of Fame, sense of satisfaction or possibly a jumbo cut named in your honor.

4. WeatherVane’s Tsunami Challenge

City: Menasha
Time Limit: 1 Hour
The Feat: They require you sign an insurance waiver for this baby: a seven pound dish including a 14-ingredient omelet, hash browns, pancakes, and toast. The
Prize: The tsunami is on the house, photo on the wall of fame... and a free trip to your local hospital.

5. Willie Beamons Bar and Grill’s Mad Cow Burger

City: Neenah
Time Limit: 30 Minutes
The Feat: Let us first recognize the brilliance of the name. Now it’s a two and a half pound burger, with one pound of Cheddar cheese, and all the other essential toppings. The burger is presented on a cozy bed of fries and a steak knife down the middle.
The Prize: Burger on the house, and a photo on the wall of fame.

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