Virginia October 03, 2015
10 Restaurants In Virginia Where Your Meal Is Free If You Can Eat It All
There’s nothing quite like a good challenge. Especially if that challenge involves food. These 10 restaurants in Virginia offer up some of the tastiest meals you can find – just in slightly larger portions. But the good news is that if you finish it all, your meal is free – and comes with a few prizes, the least of which are bragging rights.
Check out these 10 Virginia food challenges and get ready to get your grub on. Just be sure to bring your appetite…and your possibly a pair of elastic-waist pants.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub "The Flatliner Challenge" - Ashburn, Chantilly, Reston and Sterling
When something is called "The Flatliner," the warning is pretty much in the name. But at this craft wings and beer pub, finishing 10 Flatliner wings (to a BWF judge's satisfaction) without taking a drink or using dariy-based dipping sauce, gets you a refund of your $10 entry fee, a Flatliner Challenge T-shirt and your name forever written on the "Wall of Flame." Find the location nearest you at
Buffalo Wing Factory
2. Caliente "Stupid Wings Challenge" - Richmond
This guy got the job done. But, again with the names - "Stupid Wings" should be a warning, but if you're brave enough to try and can get through 8 of these wings in 30 minutes or less - without having a drink and without your face melting - then you get an "I'm with Stupid" t-shirt or free wings. Your choice. Good luck! Learn more and watch videos of the "Stupid Wings Challenge" featured on Man vs. Food at
3. Sycamore Deli "Kitchen Sink Sub" Challenge - Blacksburg
It's a good thing that Blacksburg is a college town, because only the young should be allowed to attempt this challenge. At Sycamore Deli, a $19.95 entry fee lets you attempt to eat a Kitchen Sink sub (12" sub with turkey, ham, roast beef, salami, bacon, pepperoni. melted cheddar, provolone, Swiss and American cheeses. Mayo, spicy mustard. Lettuce, Onions, Oil, vinegar, italian dressing, spices, and tomatoes), fries with chili and cheese, a bag of chips, a brownie, a pickle spear and a drink, in 45 minutes or less. Have fun with that! Learn more on
4. Halo's Hot Dogs "7 Pound Hot Dog Challenge" (2 person team) - Chesapeake
There are hot dogs…and then there are these. I'm not even sure how to qualify this giant hunk of meat, but if you need perspective, take a look at the size of the ketchup bottle in the background of the picture. If you and a team member can finish this 7 pound hot dog in a bun, with your choice of 3 toppings, in 45 minutes or less, you'll get the hot dog for free and your names on the Wall of Fame. Visit
Halo's Hot Dogs Facebook page
for more information.
5. The Burger Bar "Burger Challenge" - Bristol
The Burger Bar in Bristol is a hometown favorite, long revered for its tasty burgers. But 4 patties in one bun and 4 order of fries? If you're brave enough to give it a try, $20 will give you the chance to prove yourself and win a free shirt and induction into the The Burger Bar's Hall of Fame. Check out
The Original Burger Bar
to learn more.
6. Lucky Star Lounge "Challenge Burger" - Front Royal
You've got to respect a challenge that just builds on itself. It all began with this guy in 2011 - he started with a 1 lb burger (2 patties) on a bun with cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion - and 2 pounds of potato wedges. And here's how the challenge goes: the first person to finish the burger and fries in 45 minutes gets the burger named after them and the burger for free. From then on, the challenge increases by a 1/2 pound burger and 15 minute tim increments.
This is where it stands today. If you're a better burger eater than I am, head to the
Lucky Star Lounge
and give it a shot!
7. The Dirty Buffalo "5 Pound Meal Challenge" - Norfolk
Ok, so 5 pounds isn't much, right? Unless, of course, it's all on one plate…at the same time. The Dirty Buffalo invites you to take on their "5 Pound Meal Challenge" - it's 1 pound of homefries, about 1.5 pounds of mac n' cheese, 2 cheeseburgers, 2 hot dogs, 2 chicken tenders, 12 ounces of pulled pork and 2 slices of bread - all covered in barbecue sauce. Eat it in 45 minutes and you'll earn the meal for free and the plate it was served on. Sounds like a good deal to me. Visit
The Dirty Buffalo
to learn more.
8. A Better Burger "Hungry Hillbilly Challenge" - Jonesville
Calling all hillbillies - or just those crazy enough to take on this monster. The Hungry Hillbilly Challenge at A Better Burger is the stuff legends are made of - many have tried it, but rumor is, none have succeeded. So if you think you can finish this beast, along with some chili fries, come on in, but be sure to bring your "A" game.
Oh! But wait. There's more! A Better Burger "Scorpion Wings Challenge
If the burger wasn't enough, The Scorpion Death Wings Challenge is waiting. To win, you'll have to finish 10 wings in less than 15 minutes, without dairy products, using only your hands, then you must lick all of the sauce off your fingers and complete a 5-minute "burn period," in which you must suffer the pain before having any kind of dairy products to cool your, now, presumably on fire, mouth. Winners get a free meal free, a bottle of Scorpion Death Sauce (because they are going to want more?!) and a photo posted on the Wall of Fame. If you fail? You pay for your meal, but you still get a photo - on the Wall of Shame. Choose wisely. Check out
A Better Burger
to learn more about both challenges.
9. Family Pizzeria "Steakosaurus Challenge" - Stafford
A 6.5 pound sirloin steak sub with 5 toppings that has to be eaten in less than 45 minutes. What could go wrong? Let's just say that the official rules cite that there will be a $50 clean-up fee for vomiting anywhere other than the designated area. All I can say is that rules exist for a reason. But should you finish this monster of a sub in the allotted time, not only is the sub free, but you'll walk away with a t-shirt and $20 in prize money. Check out all of the rules
But before you go…why not try a 28" pizza, as well?
Like A Better Burger, Family Pizzeria likes to offer options for your food eating challenge needs. For the Pizza Challenge, all you need to do is grab a partner, then, together, finish a 28", 2-topping pizza, crust included, in less than an hour. Winners receive 2 free t-shirts, $40 to split and the adoration of friends and family. Learn more at
10. BR Frozen Custard and Sweets "Outrageous Split Challenge" - Woodbridge
If just wouldn't be fair if we didn't end this on a sweet note. And so we offer you the BR Frozen Custard and Sweets "Outrageous Split Challenge." This nearly 6-pound dessert features 9 scoops of frozen custard, 9 toppings, 3 bananas, 3 cherries and whipped cream. Finish it in under 30 minutes and you'll get it for free, along with your place in history on BR's Wall of Fame. Find out more at
BR Frozen Custard and Sweets
Have you ever won a food challenge? Do you know of some that should have made it to our list? Be sure to tell us about them in the comments below!