The popularity of US TV show Man Vs Food has led to more and more restaurants are introducing their very own eating challenges. If you want to have your own shot at the competitive way of dining, here’s five challenges for you to try in Manchester.
Man Vs El Capo: El Capo
Who doesn’t love a burrito? Well, now you can really prove your love for the Mexican-inspired foodstuff with this new monthly event from El Capo. A double footlong burrito is your nemesis and, like the American show, you’ll be given your opportunity to take it on in front of a cheering crowd. To apply to take part, simply retweet or share a message from El Capo on social media. If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to give it a go on the last Sunday of the month. Finalists eat for free.
El Capo, 12 Tariff Street, M1 2FF
Pancake Challenge: Infamous Diner
Take on a massive stack of pancakes at NQ US-themed venue Infamous Diner. You’ve got 30 minutes to eat all 21 Infamous pancakes – a total of seven x three stack of pancakes featuring all of the restaurant’s toppings. If you make it through, you’ll be spared the £25 price tag and will get to take home a t-shirt and a pin badge, and get your moment of glory immortalised on the wall of fame.
Infamous Diner, 3-5 Basil Chambers, Nicholas Croft, M4 1EY
Manchester Wheel: Solita
Billed as a sharing burger rather than an eating challenge, Solita’s Manchester Wheel contains a hefty 1kg burger patty accompanied by 12 cheese slices and eight rashers of bacon. It comes in at a whopping 8,000 calories – so you might need to head to the gym afterwards! It’s available at all three of the Manchester locations.
Solita NQ, Turner Street, M4 1DQ
Solita Didsbury, School Lane, M20 6RD
Solita Prestwich, 401 Bury New Road, M25 1AA.
Man V Food: Walkabout
There’s a trio of tests on offer at Walkabout as part of their Man V Food challenges, meaning there’s something to appeal to all. Take on 20 super hot wings in 20 minutes for Hot Wings Of Fire. Consume a mountain of meat by making your way through three of their signature burgers on a brioche skyscraper complete with onion rings, every topping on offer and a side order of fries in just 30 minutes for the Leaning Tower of Burgers. And Mexican food lovers can try the Nacho Tank Experience where you have to dig your way through deep layers of tortilla chips, jalapeños, melted cheese, salsa and sour cream in half an hour.
Walkabout, Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS
Chocolate Challenge: Slattery
For serious chocoholics, Whitefield favourite Slattery offer up a choc-a-block challenge. Can you finish a large portion of their American-style fudge cake served warm with a portion of home-made chocolate ice cream, fresh cream and two chocolate pots filled with liquid chocolate sauce, washed down with a glass of hot chocolate? If you can, you’ll receive a Slattery chocolate medal and a 100g box of chocolates – if you can still face it, that is.
Slattery, 197 Bury New Road, Whitefield, M45 6GE