Extreme eating in Las Vegas

Vegas is all about doing things you wouldn’t normally do and indulging in things you wouldn’t normally indulge in. That often includes going a little overboard with the drinks, but why not go a little crazy with food too?

We’ve found some of the most extreme things to eat in Las Vegas. Some of these are food challenges where you can earn recognition for completing a meal and some are just plain over-the-top extravagances.

For your own safety we don’t recommend doing all of these when you’re on vacation in Vegas — but maybe give one of them a shot.

Pin Up Pizza

Pin Up Pizza: If you’re really hungry and have a craving for pizza, you’ll find the biggest slice in town at Pin Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood. Each pie measures 30 inches across and uses four pounds of dough. That means each slice measures 15 inches long by 6 inches wide.

Heart Attack Grill: Pretty much everything is extreme at this restaurant downtown on Fremont Street. Burgers come in sizes from the Single Bypass up to Octuple Bypass (yep – that’s eight patties). Oh, and you can add 40 slices of bacon to it if that’s not enough for you. The shakes boast “the world’s highest butterfat content” and come in “Naughty” flavors like maple and chocolate or “Obscene” flavors like maple bacon and cheesecake. Other menu items include the Coronary Dog with chili, cheese, onions and bacon and Flatliner Fries deep fried in pure lard. When you walk in the door at the Heart Attack Grill you’re given a hospital gown to wear and the servers are in nurses uniforms — just in case you need to be rushed to the ER after your meal.

Guy Fieri's Cheesecake Challenge

Diablo’s Death Wing challenge at Diablo’s Cantina: This challenge is not for the faint of heart. If you think you can take the heat, try to eat 20 wings soaked in Diablo’s Death Sauce, which contains habanero chili puree and ghost chili extract. If you can down 20 wings in 20 minutes you’ll get them free, plus a T-shirt and a spot on the wall of fame.

Guy Fieri’s Cheesecake Challenge:  Guy Fieri, host of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” travels the country eating at some of America’s best restaurants. He also recently opened Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Quad. Fieri is known for his bold flavors and unique twists on traditional dishes. His twist on cheesecake includes topping it with potato chips, pretzels and hot fudge. You’ll definitely want to share this huge slab of cake if you order it.

The Ultimate Burrito at Pink Taco: If you have a big appetite for Mexican food, head over to Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Hotel and order the Ultimate Burrito. It weighs in at more than 3 pounds with shredded chicken, steak or carnitas, refried beans, rice, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, pico and lettuce.

Pub Challenge at the Pub at Monte Carlo: Think you can eat an 8-pound burger and drink a 32-ounce beer? If you’re up for it and can finish it in 45 minutes, it’s on the house and you’ll get a T-shirt. The giant patty is piled high with vegetables and sandwiched in a giant bun.

The Ultimate Slider Challenge at Citizens Kitchen: Citizens Kitchen at Mandalay Bay challenges you to eat 24 sliders in 24 minutes. That’s 24 burgers, buns, pickles, cheese and special sauce. If you can do it, your meal is free (otherwise it’s $40) and your photo will go on the wall of fame. Can’t finish? Your photo will be displayed on the wall of shame.

King Kong Sundae

Serendipity 3’s Treasure Chest: Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is known for its sweet treats and one in particular is perfect for people who really want something over the top. The Treasure Chest serves four people or more and is an actual chocolate chest box filled with assorted ice cream, cookies, berries and cakes.

King Kong Sundae at Sugar Factory: Those with a sweet tooth can try to tackle the King Kong Sundae at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas. Be sure to bring a friend — or 10 — with you to share though. This mammoth dessert has 16 scoops of ice cream, sprinkles, caramel sauce, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cone, gummy bears, fresh banana, walnuts, whipped cream and a giant lollipop to top it all off.

Big Dog Daddy 100-Ounce Challenge

Toby Keith’s Big Dog Daddy 100-Ounce Challenge: Eat all 100 ounces of this meal by yourself and you’ll get a T-shirt that you can proudly wear. The meal, served at Toby Keith’s restaurant at Harrah’s, includes a 32-ounce Angus beef burger, a 32-ounce Coors Light, 10 ounces of seasoned fries, a 10-ounce bun, 4 ounces of cheese, 4 ounces of lettuce, tomato and onion, 2 ounces of dill pickle and a Southern fried Twinkie.


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