Texans can be big eaters, and sometimes that really pays off.  It can not only mean bragging rights with your people, it can mean your meal is free.

How about a little weekend challenge?  If you can polish off a 72 oz. steak at one restaurant in Longview, the meal is free.  And it's just one of the Texas restaurants on a long list that will give you the opportunity to eat your way to victory. 

The Texas restaurants that have the eating challenges will comp the bill if you can polish off a mammoth portion of food, and you usually have to do it within a certain time frame.

We might think these challenges are just for big, burly, offensive lineman types, but there are always one or two of us seemingly dainty girls that shows up and cleans a platter too.  Texans can eat!

OnlyInYourState.com posts 10 of the Craziest Food Challenges, and the restaurants are mostly in the Dallas, Houston, and Austin areas.  Oh, and that Big Texan Ranch restaurant in Amarillo that we always hear about.   That might be the most famous food challenge we've got here in the South, where you have to eat a 72 oz steak plus a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, a salad, and a buttered roll in one hour.  72 oz. is 4 and a half pounds, by the way.  Full yet?

A little closer you'll find a few jaw-dropping challenges in the DFW area. Have you tried any?

Fred's Downtown Philly - Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, Grapevine, Allen



Do you practice up at home before you step up to the plate in public, or do you just wing it and hope for the best?  Whatever your strategy, please check in with us the day after and let us know how it went, ok?  If you can get up off the couch.





You can test your 72 oz. abilities right here in Longview at Boondocks, according to EatFeats.com.  They'll cook up a 72 ouncer for ya, and it's free if there are no leftovers.  In Tyler, Reggie's Burgers has an enormous burger that's free if you can polish it off, and it's stacked with five or six patties and cheese.  No fixins like lettuce or tomato though, so you'll save the calories there.

If you're in the mood to fill up with hot dogs, The Stand in Tyler offers a 28 oz. Big Dog Challenge that could make your weekend.