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Pass the Maalox, Please: Local Food-Eating Challenges—With Prizes
Comments () | Published July 7, 2009
Challenge: OutrageouSplit.
Where: BR Frozen Custard & Sweets (4125 Merchant Plaza, Woodbridge; 703-590-2122).
Prize: Free frozen custard, T-shirt, picture on a wall of fame to be adored and envied by the masses.
Price: $14.95, or free if eaten within 30 minutes.

Would-be eating champions have 30 minutes to eat nine scoops of frozen custard, nine toppings, three bananas, whipped cream, and three cherries. Think 30 minutes is tough? Local professional eater Ian Hickman completed the challenge in just six minutes and 47 seconds. “Most people run out of room, not time,” says Rory Frank, who owns the establishment with his wife. To date, only six people have successfully completed the challenge, even though more than 300 have tried in the three years the restaurant has been open. “We got the idea watching Nathan’s [hot-dog-eating contest] before we even opened the restaurant. We just wanted to do something different. I think that’s important as a locally owned place,” Frank says. He suggests traditional toppings such as strawberries, pineapples, and chocolate syrup, because “Skittles and M&M’s can get tough to chew at that temperature.”

Challenge: Flatliner Wings.
Where: Buffalo Wing Factory (13067 Lee Jackson Hwy., Chantilly, 703-263-0202; 22034 Shaw Rd., Sterling; 703-406-0505; 43761 Parkhurst Plaza, Ashburn, 703-729-4200; 2260-D Hunters Woods Pl., Reston, 703-390-9015).
Prize: Your name on the “wall of flame” and a Flatliner T-shirt.
Price: Varies by the day, and it depends on how many you buy. The regular price is $8.29 for ten wings, but Monday they’re 49 cents each, Tuesday 25 for $13.99, and Thursday all you can eat for $13.99.

You’ll need to sign a release form to even try eating these hot wings. “People who weren’t used to spicy foods were eating them, and it was really throwing them off,” says Jared Charlery, manager of the restaurant’s Chantilly location. If you can eat ten or more of these hot wings, you get your name on a “wall of flame” and a Flatliner T-shirt. The record is 42, and 55 people have completed the challenge. Charlery says the best day to do it is Thursday, when the restaurant has all-you-can-eat specials: “We tell waiters to recommend customers do it at the end of their meal. Trying it at the beginning can really ruin your meal.”

Know of any other local food challenges we missed? Leave ’em in the comments!

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