Hungry? 12 food challenges at restaurants around Phoenix

Posted at 2:14 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2019-07-25 14:47:03-04

Anyone have that friend who turns everything into a competition? It's usually with the most mundane activities like unloading the groceries, washing the car or raking leaves.

Well, we have another challenge to throw into the mix. Since this one involves food, what is there not to like?

We decided to look at a few of the craziest challenges around the Valley. So, these may not be professionally sanctioned events, but if you compete and win, you've earned the ability to brag.

(Please leave any, and all, digestive issues out of the bragging.)

Chompies' Ultimate Jewish Slider Challenge

Chompies – Ultimate Jewish Slider Challenge

You have 30 minutes to eat a dozen of Chompies' Jewish Sliders. Each slider is made up of brisket, potato pancake and cheese on a challah roll. Man v. Food’s Adam Richman attempted the challenge in 2010. He lost. But, others have succeeded. View the winners here.


Chompies Glendale: 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale AZ 85308
Chompies Scottsdale: 9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale AZ 85260
Chompies Tempe: 1160 E. University, Tempe AZ 85281
Chompies Chandler: 3481 W. Frye Road, Chandler AZ 85226
Chompies Paradise Valley: 4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix AZ 85032

Dirtwater Springs

Dirtwater Springs – 72-ounce Challenge

Now that is a LOT of meat. You have one hour to eat a 72-ounce steak, choice of soup or salad, and choice of potato, vegetable and dinner roll. Good luck, buddy! You must call ahead to order and it’s limited to one attempt per customer.


Dirtwater Springs, 586 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120

Angie's and Jimmie's Pizzeria

Angie's and Jimmie's Pizzeria – 28” Pizza Challenge

This challenge is perfect for pizza lovers—but it’s a big one. You can have a friend help you out. You have one hour to devour a 28” pizza with three pounds of six toppings (3 your choice, 3 their choice) and four pounds of cheese. The pizza is made with three pounds of dough. Depending on the outcome, you either get your photo on the Wall of Fame (or shame). If you win, you get a free t-shirt and pizza.


Phoenix: 3126 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ 85017
Glendale: 7260 W. Bell Road, Glendale AZ 85308

Tom’s BBQ – Full House Challenge

In the Full House challenge, you have 32 minutes to get through three house sandwiches, onion strings and curly fries. Each sandwich is made of ¼ loaf of French bread; pork, brisket and turkey, grilled onions, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, sweet or hot peppers and Bordelaise sauce. Hats off to you if you can finish.


Mesa:  1140 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa AZ 85212
East Mesa: 5005 E McKellips Road, Mesa AZ 85215
Challenge not available at Tempe, Chandler, Glendale locations


Porkopolis – Brady Bacon Burger Challenge

If you love burgers and comfort food, you may want to take on this challenge. The Brady Bacon Burger is 1.5 pounds of burger (three ½ pound patties) stacked between pulled pork, jack cheese, jalapeño cole slaw and BBQ aioli. You have 45 minutes to eat the burger, a pound of fries and half pint of beans. If you win, you get a commemorative t-shirt and a photo on the wall. You lose…you pay up.


1445 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler AZ 85286

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Wimpys Paradise – Belly Buster Burger

You have 30 minutes to take on the Burger Buster Burger. It’s a 2.5 pounds of Angus/Chuck beef, four slices of Tillamook cheddar cheese, and two fried eggs on a pretzel bun.


Wimpy’s Paradise, 48 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler AZ 85225

Giligan’s Scottsdale – 6 food challenges to choose from

Giligan’s Bar in Scottsdale has six food challenges: The Old 96’er (2 pound burger, fries, pickles, Coke), The Corn Dog Challenge (20 county fair corn dogs), Tater Tot Challenge (family-size bag of tots), Colon Buster (2 dozen hot wings), Pizza Roll Challenge (144 in total), The Big Ern (13-egg omelet).

You have one hour to complete the 96’er, Corn Dog, Tater Tot, Pizza Roll and Big Ern challenges. The Colon Buster has to be finished in 10 minutes. Good luck!


Giligin’s Bar, 4251 N. Winfield Scott, 85251

IL Primo Pizza and Wings

IL Primo – 30” pizza or hottest wings

Pizza Challenge: Grab a friend and make sure you’re hungry because you have one hour to eat a 30” pizza topped with a couple pounds of cheese. If you win, you get your picture on the Wall of Fame and free pizza for a year. Lose? Welcome to the Wall of Shame and a bill.

Wing Challenge: These are some hot wings. All you have to do is finish them. Do that, you get on the Wall of Fame. If you fail, you’re on the Wall of Shame and get a bill.


Glendale: 6661 W. Bell Road, Glendale AZ 85308
Phoenix: 16880 N Cave Creek Road, Phoenix AZ 85032
Litchfield Park: 5110 N. Dysart Road, Litchfield Park AZ 85340
Prescott Valley: 7160 E. Pav Way, Prescott Valley AZ 86314
Surprise: 15529 W. Bell Road, Surprise AZ 85374

Papi Chulo's Cantina

Papi Chulo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina – Big Papi Burrito Challenge

You have 30 minutes to tackle a six-pound, two-ounce Big Papi Burrito. That is all.


5101 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale AZ 85250

Venezia's Pizza Party Challenge

Venezia's Pizza – Party Pizza Challenge

Bring a friend for this challenge because you both have two hours to finish a 24-inch party pizza. If you win, you get a photo on the Wall of Fame and a t-shirt.


North Phoenix: 15620 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85032
Tempe: 27 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe AZ 85282
Gilbert: 744 W. Ray Road, Gilbert AZ 85233
Mesa: 5057 E. McKellips Road, Mesa AZ 85205
Mesa: 2721 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa AZ 85209

Native Grill & Wings

Native Grill & Wings - Ghost Wing Challenge

If you cannot stand the heat, do not come into the kitchen. The Ghost Pepper is the hot pepper that you may or may not want to pick a fight with. Native wants to see how tough you are because they've added the Ghost Wing Challenge permanently to the menu. It's simple -- buy the wings, record your reaction and see how many you can finish. Either way, Native may share it on their social channels. As an FYI, the Ghost Pepper sneaks up on you.


There are 19 locations across the Valley.
Visit to find a location near you.

The Lodge Sasquach Kitchen

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen - Sasquatch Burger

Technically, this is not a food challenge, but it's a huge sandwich. So consider yourself a champion if you finish it.

It's a big burger with the works -- Applewood smoked bacon, onion strings, lettuce, tomato, cheese -- sandwiched between two (yes, two) grilled cheese sandwiches.


Tempe: 23 S. Farmers Avenue, Tempe AZ 85281

Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments.