We love to throw around the saying, “Everything’s Bigger In Texas,” and that’s because it’s usually true. Rodeos, fairs, and especially food are just a few examples of things we go all out on. A few restaurants really take this motto to heart and offer a menu item so enormous, you’ll hardly believe your eyes. Some of them are food challenges while others are just normal options, but they’re all equally mind-blowing, eye-popping, and stereotypically Texan.
1. 5 lb cinnamon roll at Lulu's Bakery & Cafe (San Antonio)
I think that kid's expression pretty much sums up what we're all thinking. 5 POUNDS of warm, flaky, doughy, cinnamon-y goodness. It's not a challenge, so you don't have to finish it all in one sitting...but cinnamon rolls get stale pretty quickly, so I'd suggest bringing a group of hungry friends and polishing off this bad boy.
2. Box-sized donut at Round Rock Donuts (Round Rock)
How many cops does it take to eat a donut the size of the whole box? Seriously though, this is crazy. I think I'll get one of these to serve as a cake at my next birthday party. Pretty good idea, right?
3. 72 oz. steak challenge at Big Texan Steak Ranch (Amarillo)
Of course I had to include the most famous food challenge in Texas. This iconic, historic restaurant has a 72 oz. steak challenge that includes a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad, and a roll with butter. Fittingly, it costs $72 - but you get a full refund if you finish it all! That's reason enough to give it a shot, right?
4. 42-inch pizza at Big Lou's Pizza (San Antonio)
Yep, that's actual size, y'all...42" of cheesy, greasy deliciousness. Perfect for a huge party or to attract the attention of the entire restaurant as they see it being delivered to a table of two. As a person who always takes the biggest slice in the pizza box, this is right up my alley. Who wants to dig in?
5. The Zellagabetsky at Kenny & Ziggy's (Houston)
I come from a Jewish family, so you bet your bottom dollar I've been to this restaurant plenty of times and witnessed the massive portion sizes (trust me - Jews can eat!). However, I've never seen anyone order this behemoth. I wasn't even aware this challenge existed! If you can finish the eight-decker sandwich stuffed with corned beef, salami, roast beef, turkey, tongue, Swiss cheese, cole slaw, and Russian dressing, you'll get a free piece of cheesecake - I'm sure your sweet tooth will be raging after all that saltiness.
6. The Liberty Bell at Fred's Downtown Philly (Carrollton)
Who doesn't love a good Philly cheesesteak? They're hard to find in our neck of the woods, so when the opportunity knocks, you'd better jump at the chance - all 24 inches of it. That's right, this challenge is a two-foot cheesesteak. That's the equivalent of two Subway footlongs!
7. Ramen Challenge at Fat Bao (Sugar Land)
This might look like a broke college kid's dream, but at a hefty $45 and five times the normal amount of ramen in a bowl, this is no child's play. You get one hour to finish the challenge that only person one has completed so far. Liquids fill you up fast, so good luck!
8. 8-foot pizza from Dirt Road Cookers (Hondo)
If you ever need a mobile pizza party for, like, your entire neighborhood, this is who to call. These guys bring their wood-fired oven to YOU and cook up the biggest pizza in the entire world. If you don't experience this at least once, you haven't lived.
9. 27 pound burger at Fat Boy's Bar & Grill (Houston)
20 pounds of beef. That's equivalent to EIGHTY QUARTER POUNDERS from McDonald's. So far, not one person has managed to complete the challenge. Will you be the first?
Have you eaten any of these Texas-sized foods? Are there any other ridiculously oversized foods in Texas that should’ve made the list?