#5 – Giuseppe’s Pizzeria: The Legend of the Drunken Fireman
Located in Covington is Giuseppe’s Pizzeria. It may just seem like a regular pizza place, but they have a monstrous challenge for those showing up with an empty stomach. The challenge is to eat a 20 inch, 20 topping, 7 pound pizza. In 59 minutes. The pizza’s toppings consists of pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, ham, Capocollo ham, salami, gyro beef, ground beef, mushrooms, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, onions, tomatoes, black olives, green olives, pineapple, feta cheese, cheddar cheese, and extra cheese. If you somehow manage to eat the entire pizza in the 59 minute time limit, the meal is free, you get a free t-shirt, and your picture on a wall frame. If you lose, you gotta fork up 50 dollars.
#4 – Ramundo’s Pizzeria: Duo Pizza Challenge
Located in Mouth Lookout is another pizzeria, Ramundo’s Pizzeria. The size of the challenge is much greater than the size of the Drunken Fireman – 6 inches larger to be exact. But, if you decide to take on this insane challenge, you get to bring a friend with you. You and another challenger must eat the 26 inch pizza in just 10 minutes. The pizza consists of 1.5 pounds of dough, 1 pound of sauce, and 2 pounds of cheese. You also get a choice of two toppings on the pizza. If you win, you get the 35 dollar pizza for free, a t-shirt, and your picture taken and put up on the restaurant’s website. If you lose, you have to pay for the pizza, and your picture is put up onto the Wall of Shame, and you receive a failure t-shirt. If you puke, you’re disqualified from the challenge and you have to either clean up your mess or pay double the cost of the pizza.
#3 – Willie’s Sports Cafe: The Willie’s Challenge Burger
At the Willie’s Sports Cafe in Western Hills is the Willie’s Challenge Burger. The burger consists of three one pound patties, 12 slices of bacon, and eight slices of cheese, layered with grilled cheese sandwiches and tartar sauce. Not only do you have to eat the burger, but you also have to eat all of the fries alongside it, all in under an hour. You actually have to sign a waiver just to do this challenge. If you succeed, then you get the meal for free, a t-shirt, and your picture on the wall of the restaurant. If you fail, you get heartburn, potential chances of diabetes, and you have to pay for the 35 dollar meal.
#2 – Izzy’s: 110 Reuben Challenge
There are multiple Izzy’s restaurants located in the Cincinnati area, and at each one, you can find the 110 Reuben Challenge. The sandwich got its name after being invented in 2010, 110 years after the restaurant/ deli lifted off. The challenge was made exceptionally popular after being featured on the famous television show Man Vs. Food. The sandwich is made up of a supersized potato pancake, 1 pound of Izzy’s corned beef, sauerkraut topped with Izzy’s special sauce, and Swiss cheese, all inside two poppy seed oval loaves. You have to eat this sandwich in 30 minutes or less. If you manage to succeed, your meal is free, you get a t-shirt, and you get your photo on the Wall of Fame. Fail, and your down 20 dollars.
#1 – Blue Ash Chili: No Freakin’ Way Challenge
Of course, since this is Cincinnati, the top spot had to go to a Cincinnati style chili challenge. Oh, and what a challenge it is. Blue Ash Chili, locate in Blue Ash, is home to the No Freakin’ Way Challenge. This dish is a heavy quantity of not just food, but spice, too. The No Freakin’ Way Challenge is made up of 2.5 pound of spaghetti, 2.5 pounds of Cincinnati chili, 2.5 pounds of cheese, and 1 pound of jalapenos. And you have to eat it all in just under an hour. If you lose, you have to pay 40 dollars for the meal, but you do get a free t-shirt. Oh, and you get your picture on the Hall of Shame. But, if you manage to eat it all in the given time limit without needing a trip to the hospital, your meal comes free, you get a free t-shirt, and you get your picture on the Hall of Fame. Seems fair enough.