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Top 5 Eating Challenges In Melbourne

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by Jacki (subscribe)
A freelance writer from the country, living in Melbourne.
Published May 22nd 2014
Want to step outside you comfort zone? Bring stretchy pants
Whether we blame increased international media exposure to programming centered around competitive eating - namely Man vs Food, or just the ever-growing gluttony of human nature, there's no denying the growing trend of food challenges. They're popping up everywhere across Melbourne, and for those who are looking for a list of challenges, you've found the right place.

1. Hofbräuhaus

This German beer hall-inspired establishment situated on Market Lane in the CBD, offers not only a delicious range of German food and of course, beer, but the mighty Schnitzel challenge.

The Challenge: Eat the 1.5 kg pork schnitzel, a bowl of chips, and a litre of any Hofbrauhaus tap beer, within 45 minutes.

The Price: $75

The Prize: Your meal & beer free, and a 'Schitzel Challenge Winner' T-Shirt. Any subsequent time you are seen wearing the shirt at the venue, you will be entitled to a 300ml beer free of charge, per visit.

The Place:
18-28 Market Lane, Melbourne
03 9663 3361
7 days, Midday to Late

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The great Schnitzel in all its glory.

2. Misty's Diner

Misty's is well known for its authentic American charm; booths with jukeboxes, Twinkies for sale at the counter and Dr. Pepper readily available with whatever burger, hot dog, or other American classic you order. Infamous in its own right however, is the Misty's burger challenge. It brings grown men and women to their knees.

The challenge: In Misty's words - "You have 14 minutes to eat the 5 burgers, 5 slices of cheese, 5 slices of bacon, 3 buns, a whole lotta mayo and BBQ sauce AND.. A 1/2 order of your choice of fries!"

The Price: $35 (Includes 600ml Coke)

The Prize: Your very own Burger Challenge Winner t-shirt, absolutely free, and semi-eternal infamy on the Burger Challenge wall of fame.

The Place:
Misty's Diner
103 High St, Prahran VIC 3181
(03) 9510 0033

Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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The Misty's Challenge Burger!

3. Donnybrook Hotel

The Donnybrook hotel is a relative newcomer to the food challenge circuit, but they have jumped in head first with their 'Triple Bypass Burger'. Their overflowing challenge burger contains beef patties, steak, chicken schnitzel, potato cakes, eggs, bacon, onions, pineapple, tomato, beetroot, cheese, and a tomato relish. This is certainly an Aussie eating challenge if I ever saw one. At present, according to the Donnybrook's website, this challenge is only available Mon-Thurs at lunchtime, but hopefully with the challenge's growing popularity they'll consider revising this to cater to the masses.

The Challenge: Finish that bad boy.

The Prize: Your own smug satisfaction

The Price: $25 (bargain!)

The Place:
The Donnybrook Hotel
825 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Victoria 3061
(03) 9745 2380
Open 11am-1am Monday-Saturday, and 11am – 11pm Sundays


4. Outback Jack's

This is for those who want a challenge they can really sink their teeth into (No pun intended... OK, maybe a little pun intended). Outback Jack's has multiple restaurants in Melbourne, although the one I've witnessed this challenge take place at is at Knox in the Ozone dining area. This one comes complete with a waitress dinging a bell in time with your eating commencement.

The Challenge: Eat 1kg of 100 day grain fed, aged rump steak, potato wedges (of unspecified quantity) and steamed vegetables in 30 minutes or less.

The Prize: An Outback Jack's challenge T-Shirt, and your meal free.

The Price: $49.95

The Place:
Outback Jack's
Knox Shopping Centre, 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South VIC 3152 (consult website for other locations)
(03) 9801 6305
Open 11.30am – 8pm Mon-Thurs, and 11.30am – 10pm Friday & Saturday. Closed Sunday.

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A blurry, albeit illustrative snapshot of the Outback Jack's challenge!

5. Captain America's Hamburger Heaven

Another classically American-styled restaurant, Captain America's has all the classics, complete with the best onion rings I've ever eaten, and not to mention Key lime pie (with real Florida Key lime juice). Of course, I'm not here to tell you about that, but rather their meaty eating challenge.

The Challenge: A 1kg burger, served with 600g chips for men, and 300g of chips for ladies.

The Prize: Beat the record (Currently 6 minutes for men, 11 minutes for ladies) and your meal is free, and if you finish within an hour, your name goes on the honour board!

The Price: $28.90

The Place:
Captain America's Hamburger Heaven
38 Forest Rd, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156
(03) 9758 0711
Open 5.30pm-9pm 7 Days.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go forth and commence eating!

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Why? To test the utmost limits of your stomach capacity.
When: After you have commenced stomach-stretching training.
Where: Five convenient locations across Melbourne!
Cost: Between $25-75.
Your Comment
Someone manage to eat a Captain America Burger in 6 minutes? Wow. At least with that challenge, an hour seems feasibly possible, but Misty's dinner of five burgers in 14 minutes is crazy.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2275 days ago
Feeling a little ill just looking at those food options! Nice idea for an article though :)
by Fiona Anderson (score: 2|961) 2275 days ago
Haha that's awesome. Challenge accepted!! I think Massive Wieners has some sort of challenge too - I recall seeing photos on the shop wall of people with ridiculous sized hotdogs :-)
by Mallory (score: 2|474) 2270 days ago
Excellent article. Thanks for sharing.
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 2170 days ago
The 1.5kg legendary super SAIYAN burger in kew @ JD's burgers, 15 minutes. 8 parties, 8 cheese, 8 bacon and secret sauce. $50, free if completed and get into hall of fame and even a certificate. Noones finished it.
by Jdsbu (score: 0|2) 2084 days ago
25 inch hot dog finished in 1min 48 secs
by Phill (score: 0|2) 1558 days ago
Yuk I'd vomit
by net31 (score: 0|2) 1058 days ago
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