If you’ve seen the television show Man v. Food, you probably know where this post is heading.
Four of us headed to Ithaca on Saturday to catch a 2CW pro wrestling show. We had planned to stop somewhere for dinner and found this place Rulloff’s, which had clam chowder (score!) and reportedly good burgers. That turned out to be the plan and we got there with plenty of time before the show to have a good meal.
But one thing stuck out at us in the middle of the menu.
The 20-ounce burger seemed like a decent challenge. Add the fries and everything else — in 30 minutes?
The four of us in attendance were me, Rod, Bill and Kevin. I need to put the names out there, so you at least know who these people are — in a way — as I mention them.
We saw the Monster Burger note right away. It was mentioned by others that Kevin should give it a go. He got a shit-eating grin on his face, so you knew he was totally interested in trying. Free t-shirt? Sweet.
Then Rod offered to pay the $20 for the meal if Kevin went for it.
The waitress came over and explained things a little — but we wanted to make sure there was Kevin’s size in the shirt. She went and checked and it turns out they were OUT of the shirts. Really? How do you have a challenge and run out of shirts? Sheesh!
But, the shirts were on order. Kevin had two choices — take one of the regular establishment shirts (should he beat the challenge), or they would mail one. He chose the mail option, but as we told him — get her name and the number of the joint and follow up if the shirt doesn’t arrive!
That’s, of course, if he beats the challenge. But at this point, we didn’t think there would be any issues with it whatsoever.
Oh how things change.
The meal takes time to prepare — up to 45 minutes for the burger (it actually took a little longer).
So, the order was placed. After the wait, out came the food. The burger was impressive. But it looked delicious. The bread, especially looked fantastic.
The fries? Not so much. I am not sure of everything that went into these loaded fries — but I saw some meat sauce, beans, some peppers and not sure what else. Chili, for sure. But probably some other crap, too.
And the pickle? Monster-sized as well. But excellent looking.
Though each of us wanted to offer words of wisdom to Kevin, the reality was he was doing this challenge and he had to decide how to attack this meal.
Eat the burger, then half the pickle, then the fries, then the rest of the pickle.
Down the hatch we go!
Honestly, the other three of us didn’t think Kevin would have any issues with this challenge. It didn’t look as big as we thought it was going to look. In fact, we were putting the over/under at 23.5 minutes in Kevin finishing.
So, away things went.
The burger — again, which looked excellent — posed no challenge to Kevin. I’m pretty sure any of the four of us could have handled the burger. (The rest — maybe not so much)! But that burger would have been a meal all by itself.
Kevin did note that it was one of the best burgers he’s ever had, so that was a good thing.
By this point, two people had sat at the table behind us and they were intrigued by this and were watching as well. Believe me, it’s an impressive thing to even attempt this, let alone get it done. All for a t-shirt.
And the burger ended up being gone in 12 minutes.
Kevin’s pace was rocking at this point. But there was still a challenge left. He had 18 minutes to down the fries and the pickle.
Kevin crunched away at half the pickle. He noted that the fries didn’t look too good (I think the three of us agreed). With myself, Bill and Rod cheering on, Kevin dug in.
And after his first bite, he didn’t look so good.
He said it didn’t feel good going down. So he took a drink of water. Took a few breaths and took another bite — a big one. A deep breath and he started going for another bite.
Then Kevin got an odd look on his face. Was he throwing in the towel already?
He found a hair.
After calling the waitress over, he pulled the hair out to show her.
Needless to say, the challenge was over. She said she could get a fresh order of fries. Kevin, to his credit, offered to cut off a part of the fries and valiantly continue. The three of us vetoed that and I had said — who knows what else is in there?
In the end, the challenge was over. Who would want to wait for a new set of fries after that? Not me. My appetite would have been gone. So, the place did the right thing and made that meal fully free, which worked out well. Kevin did finish the pickle.
Kevin did admit as we walked out of the place that he would have given it his best, but he didn’t think he’d have gotten through the fries to win the challenge, so all is well in the end. He had a great burger — for free — and didn’t get sick.
On a side note, I think if Man v. Food host Adam Richman took this challenge, it wouldn’t be much for him to pull it off. That dude has eaten a lot of crazy things, so this would be like an appetizer.
And, despite the hair, I’d go back. Good place to eat. My chowder was excellent and I had a fruit and brie cheese platter, which was awesome. Three of us (sans Kevin) shared some nachos and their salsa was excellent with a slight kick. Rod and Bill each had burgers and seemed to enjoy as well. The prices were decent, too.
I just know that no matter how hungry I was — I wouldn’t try that challenge!
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