They’ve achieved a measure of national fame for the free 72-ounce steak dinners they offer those who can consume it in one hour, but there’s so much more to The Big Texan‘s kitsch quotient than that: they sell their own fudge; there’s a live rattlesnake in the gift shop; you’ll find bobcats (stuffed), stagecoaches, and giant rocking chairs and cowboy boots; you can buy a souvenir Texas mug. If you’re driving into town you’ll start to see their billboards hundreds of miles ahead of your destination. But the food’s better than you might expect! Read more about The Big Texan at the LA Times.
You don’t have to be a fan of competitive eating to have heard of Kobayashi (the first superstar of the genre) and Joey Chestnut (with the catchy made-for-media name). The casual observer might extrapolate from those two guys, and common stereotypes of women and men, to the conclusion that competitive eating is a man’s game. Wrong! Some of the most accomplished competitive eaters are women. Continue reading
The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas has a long-standing (and well-publicized) offer: consume a four-and-a-half pound steak dinner, with all the fixin’s (baked potato, salad, shrimp cocktail, and roll) in an hour or less and it’s free. Last year, one Molly Schuyler, a 120-pound woman, consumed the dinner in under five minutes. And then went on to consume a second dinner in under ten minutes! On April 19th, Ms. Schuyler intends to consume three steak dinners in under an hour! We are both repulsed and in awe. Read about the event here.