A Guide to Food Challenges in Central Michigan

April 18th, 2018

Small town, BIG portions

Let’s see if you have what it takes to call yourself one of Central Michigan’s hungriest humans.

As your taste buds jump for joy, your stomach will cry for mercy! Central Michigan’s variety of food challenges are as delicious as they are daunting, and sure to test even the most voracious of eaters. You’ll come hungry, and may need to be rolled out when you’re done. While delicious, these colossal meals are not for the faint of heart (or weak stomach). What follows is a guide to the toughest, most delicious food challenges in Central Michigan. Caution! This blog may cause extreme hunger.

The PIXIE: Wall of Fame Challenge
Price: $15 | Weight: 2.5 lb. | Time Limit: One Hour

Complete the bitty burger or coney dog challenge at PIXIE Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, MI: Eat 10 bitty burgers or six coney dogs, or a combination of the two in less than an hour. Complete the challenge to earn your spot on the Wall of Fame. 

Cheer’s Neighborhood Grill: Cheer’s Big Kahuna Burger ChallengePrice: $25 | Weight: 4.5 lb. | Time Limit: 30 minutes

Consume nearly 5 lb. of meat for bragging rights at Cheer’s Neighborhood Grill in Mt. Pleasant, MI: This meal includes a stacker with nearly 3 lb. of beef, topped with 1/2 lb. bacon, 1/2 lb. cheese, two fried eggs, sauteed onions, shredded lettuce, & tomatoes; served on a super size bun, placed over a pound of fries. You’re looking at roughly 4.5 lb. of food. Eat this platter within 30 minutes and it’s on the house! Good luck! 

Dog Central: The DC Challenge
Price: $25 | Weight: A LOT | Time Limit: 25 minutes

Featured on Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, the DC Challenge at Dog Central in Mt. Pleasant, MI is no joke: Eat the following within 25 minutes or less to receive the meal at NO COST and DC owes you $10! Fail, and you pay the $25 tab… Three footlong dogs with chili and your choice of two additional toppings, bed of fries, stack of onion rings and a 20 oz. fountain drink. 

More challenges at Dog Central include:
Most Hot Dogs Eat’N in two hours
Most Hot Dogs Eat’N in 30 minutes
The Ghost Chili Challenge: Eat three dogs with famously hot ghost pepper chili
Get your name on the WALL OF FAME: Eat eight dogs with chili and one topping

Elly May Dining: Paul Bunyan Breakfast Challenge
Price: $16.99 | Weight: 5 lb. | Time Limit: One Hour

The ultimate breakfast challenge awaits its next competitor at Elly May Dining in Weidman, MI: Eat a 16 inch Buttermilk Pancake, garnished with a half-dozen eggs, two sides of bacon (1 lb.), and two sides of sausage patties (1 lb.). 

Elly May Dining: The Judge Burger ChallengePrice: $19.99 | Weight: 5 lb. | Time Limit: One Hour

Holy burger! The Judge includes 1.5 lb. of Choice Ground Beef, 1 lb. of bacon, 1/2 lb. of cheese, four slices of Texas Toast and ALL the fixings. The challenge includes 1 lb. of french fries and you have one hour to finish everything! Those who defeat The Judge receive the meal free and earn a spot on Elly May’s Wall of Fame. 

La Senorita: The Big JuanPrice: $14.99-16.99 | Weight: 4 lb. | Time Limit: Closing Time

The Big Juan is back at La Senorita in Mt. Pleasant, MI: This is more than just a 4 lb. special wet burrito; it’s “special” because of its huge size and its fillings include Mexican Rice. Purchase includes a T-Shirt while they last! Eat the whole thing and mount your picture on the Big Juan Wall of Fame!

Note: This promotion beings April 1, 2018 and continues until the “Big Juan” t-shirt supply is gone. So get it while you can! 

Photographed: David Alan Wong took down the Big Juan in 2016 after 55 minutes

The Barn Door: Wings & Sorry B**tard Challenge

Price: $7.99 & 24.99 | Weight: A LOT | Time Limit: 20 minutes

The Sorry B**tard Challenge at The Barn Door in Mt. Pleasant, MI: Built from the bottom, this challenge includes mayo, lettuce, tomato, 1/3 lb. burger, bacon, onion ring, two slices of American cheese, bun. Repeat that two more times and you’ve got your challenge. Served with 1 lb. of fries and two shots of Cathy’s Hot Sauce. Condiments are the ONLY thing that can be substituted. Free if you finish this challenge in 20 minutes! 

The Wings Challenge at The Barn Door in Mt. Pleasant, MI: The Wings Challenge includes one pound of traditional wings or half pound of boneless wings. Choice of sauce to be spun or on the side. Also includes on ranch or bleu cheese for dipping. Add fries, frips or coleslaw for $1.50 more. Add onion rings for $2.00 more. Flavor chart: Naked, Frank’s Red Hot, Cattleman’s Golden Honey BBQ, Stingin’ Honey Garlic, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ, Cherry Bomb (made with Michigan cherries and local honey, a little sweet and a little sassy), and Cathy’s Hot Sauce (homemade concoction of peppers and spices that give a good burn but is packed full of flavor).

Think you have what it takes? Share your food challenge photos with us, using #MtPFoodChallenge and tag @mtpleasantcvb!  

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