The Most Iconic South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota Food Challenges
There is more than one way to approach your next meal when you dine out.
You can go with just enough food to fill you up but not make you uncomfortable, or you can try your hand (and stomach) at one of the over-the-top challenges in the Tri-State Area (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota).
But these aren't for the faint of heart.
In Iowa, they're channeling the massive steak served in the 1989 John Candy film Uncle Buck.
At Still Smokin BBQ in Mt. Ayr, you can try the 'Ole 96er 6 lb. Prime Rib Challenge'.
For $140 upfront, you get one hour to devour six pounds of prime rib plus six large sides (potato salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, green beans, baked beans, baked potato, or fried taters) and six bread rolls.
If you manage to clean your plate, you'll only pay $50 for the meal and you'll get a spot on the restaurant's 'Wall of Fame'.
If a REALLY big breakfast is more your speed, head to Minnesota for the 'Barbarian Breakfast Challenge' at the Nicollet Diner in downtown Minneapolis.
For $40 you'll be treated to five pounds of food consisting of six eggs, six strips of bacon, four sausage patties, two slices of ham, hashbrowns, and toast all served on top of a platter-sized buttermilk pancake.
If you finish in under an hour, the meal is free and you'll score yourself a commemorative t-shirt.
In South Dakota, one of the top challenges involves the Mount Rushmore State's signature dish.
Head to Urban Chislic in Southern Sioux Falls for the 'Gorilla Dumpster Chislic Challenge'.
For $75 you'll be staring down a quartet of one-pound servings of lamb, beef, pork, and chicken chislic.
You can top that meat with up to eight sauces and dry rubs.
You'll also have to down double portions of cheese curds, kettle chips, and fries.
Finish in under an hour and the meal is free plus you'll get yourself a t-shirt, hat, and a spot on the Urban Chislic Wall of Fame.