‘Man Vs. Food’ has a lot to answer for. These days, Leeds is full of food challenges that range from the tough to the terrifying. Which one will you try first?
There’s a generous plate of food and then there’s… this. Wear your loosest clothes, leave your belt at home and arrive hungry, because the best eating challenges in Leeds take no prisoners. Of course, it’s all totally worth it – how else are you going to work out which of your mates has the appetite of a mouse, and who is a true greedy guts? Time to tuck in…
The Flaming Grill’s Flaming Challenges
Not one challenge, not two, but five. You can take these on at the duo of Flaming Grill pubs in Leeds – The Angel Inn and The Bridgewater Arms. If you pull any of these off, you’ll get your name on their ‘Wall of Flame’ and a certificate – but which one will you take on first? Who Dares Wings pits you against 25 chicken wings in a flurry of favours, while the Steak Fondue Challenge is a mammoth 32oz rump steak made for dipping into a whole baked Camembert (plus sides). Not content with just those two? The Big Mexican, Macxcalibur and Triple Threat are all waiting to be taken down.
The Greasy Pig’s Paralyser Full English
What better time to take on one of the most daunting food challenges in Leeds than at breakfast? The whole menu of this Hyde Park cafe is tempting and generous, but the Paralyser is something else entirely. On the kind of outsize plate you’ll only find on the BFG’s table, you’ll discover that good things come in fours. That’s four sausages, four eggs, four bacon rashers, four hash browns and four slices of toast. If that sounds like a breeze, you haven’t taken into account the mushrooms, black pudding, beans and tomatoes. See this off in less than 12 minutes and it’s on the house.
Greasy Pig, 74 Victoria Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1DL.
Mojo’s Hot Ones Wing Challenge
Classic Leeds bar Mojo has evolved its eating challenges over the years. What used to be the five wing ‘Mad Dog’ challenge is now the 10 wing ‘Hot Ones’ challenge. It hasn’t got any easier. They’ve teamed up with the Chilli Shop for this one, dousing chicken or vegan cauliflower wings in 10 different sauces that get steadily, eye-wateringly hotter. At the top end, you’ll take on The Last Dab and Da Bomb, made with the world’s hottest peppers – it feels like a grenade has gone off in your mouth. No drinks allowed, no asbestos tongues – this is a tough one, but conquer it and you’ll be a legend among your friends.
Mojo, 18 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Queen Street Fisheries’ Queeny Special
There’s little danger of your mouth catching fire from the Queeny Special – this is gentle fare in comparison to demon wings – but it’s definitely one of the premier gut-busting food challenges anywhere in Leeds. Queen Street Fisheries will serve you a meal like no chippy tea you’ve ever seen before. We’re talking two large fish, two potato scallops, three portions of chips, sausages both battered and fried, a fish cake AND a fish bap. The pain doesn’t end there. There’s also two sides, a bread cake and then two battered Mars Bars for dessert. Your reward? Finish up and it’s not only free, you get £20 too.
Queen Street Fisheries, 80 Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 9BP.
Akbar’s Chefs Challenges
This is not a curry in a hurry. There are two food tasks to take on at Akbar’s, with one being achievable, the other hellish. The ‘Big Un’ isn’t too tough – you’ll get a large meat feast Balti, pilau rice and one of their trademark naan breads. Scoff it and you’ll get a dessert that you probably don’t have room for and a certificate of achievement. The second challenge is a doozy. ‘For the Brave – Phall’ is fiery, fearsome food that’s not for the faint-hearted. This is the hottest dish to come out of their kitchen, so bring that mate who reckons they can handle the hot stuff.
Akbar’s, 15 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7LY.
Popina’s Mega Monster Breakfast
If you’re nursing a hangover or just need the perfect start to a day, Popina’s is the place to go. It’s a student staple in Hyde Park, but it’s also worth a pilgrimage for yet another feisty Leeds food challenge. If the large, extra large and mega breakfasts aren’t enough for your appetite, go up against the Mega Monster Breakfast. Croissant-munchers beware – this is a slab of multiple eggs, bacon, sausages, black pudding, beans, tomatoes, fried bread, hash browns and mushrooms. Eat it, and you get it for free, as well as seeing your name on the champions wall.
Popina’s, 31 Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1HA. Open from 8am every day. Walk-ins welcome.
MEATliquor’s Triple Chili Challenge
MEATliquor’s Triple Chili Challenge isn’t just difficult, it’s downright tasty. Which helps, of course. The meat-based option sees you take on a Green Chili Cheeseburger (with two patties), a loaded Chili Dog and a pile of Chili Cheese Fries. A plant-based alternative pits you against the Burgaloo 2 burger, the Black Bean Chili Dog and the Black Bean Chili Cheese Fries. The good news? Polish off your chosen food challenge and you’ll get it for free. With both worth well over £20, that’s a great deal. The bad news? You’ve only got 10 minutes to do it. Better get eating…
MEATliquor, Trinity Leeds, Bank Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.