All you can’t eat: D.C.’s food feats


View Photo Gallery: Like our waistlines, the number of eating challenges and gargantuan menu items on D.C.-area menus is growing, from extreme hot wings and four-pound burritos to six-pound milkshakes and 28-inch pizzas. For restaurant details — including directions, hours and more — visit the Going Out Guide.

Before you even think about it, the answer is no. As in, “No. You cannot possibly succeed in finishing a nine-pound hamburger, six-pound Po’Boy or 28-inch pizza by yourself in one sitting.” But you certainly can look at them: We’ve put together a gallery of the D.C. area’s most daunting food challenges.

Some of these items are manageable solo, as long as you have a tolerance for spicy foods. Others require teamwork, because while conquering some of them solo means bragging rights and prizes — anywhere from free food to $250 in cash — it also means certain gastrointestinal unrest — although you can buy plenty of Maalox with that kind of money. Have a look, and let’s hope that your eyes aren’t, in fact, bigger than your stomach.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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